As you travel west from the shore, country roads dotted with
fields of corn and vegetables and orchards of ripening fruit
come into view. Stop at farm stands and farmers’ markets
brimming with locally grown produce, herbs, flowers and
pies, or make time to pick your own peaches, nectarines,
sweet corn, apples, raspberries, pumpkins, squash and
gourds, Christmas trees and more!
The county is home to several gourmet markets that were
once rural farm stands. To find out what is in season, what
agricultural events are happening around the region and
where to find a roadside market, pick-your-own farm or
community farmers’ market, visit www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov.
For a sense of the area’s agricultural heritage, visit historic
Longstreet Farm where the sights, sounds and smells of
rural Monmouth County in the 1890s have been recreated on
nine acres in Holmdel Park. The farm is open year-round and
interpreters in period dress show both daily and seasonal
agricultural and domestic activities.
Stop at a vineyard for a tour and tasting. Carry a camera and
capture blue autumn skies and fields full of yellow sunflowers
and orange pumpkins. Bring the kids and enjoy a haunted
hayride or corn maze. Return in winter to cut a Christmas tree
or dig up a live one. There are four seasons of back-to-theearth
activities to enjoy.
See the Events section of this guide for more great things to
see and do throughout the year.
THE COUNTRY FOOD MARKET
What began over 100 years ago as an apple and peach
orchard in Colts Neck is now Delicious Orchards, The
Country Food Market. Over the decades, the Delicious
Orchards name spread throughout New Jersey and beyond.
Visitors added a delicious stop in Colts Neck to their Jersey
Shore itinerary. Still family owned and operated, the 60,000
square-foot full-service culinary destination welcomes over
2.5 million people each year.
The market is a great source for fresh produce, gourmet
foods and legendary baked goods for the holidays and every
day. Pick up a snack to enjoy at the Cider Café indoors or
under an apple tree. Send that perfect hostess gift with DO’s
convenient online ordering, or arrange gift packages for
friends, family and business associates.
Sundays, mid-June–early September,
11 am–4 pm. Kennedy Park.
Asbury Park Sunset Farmers’ Market
8 am–1 pm. Fireman’s Park,
Main & Sunset Ave. 732-502-5749
Atlantic Highlands Farmers’ Market
Fridays, June–October, 12–6 pm.
Veterans Park across from Borough Hall,
First Ave. 732-872-8711
Belmar Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, May–September, 9 am–2 pm.
Pyanoe Plaza, 9th Ave. & Main St.
Englishtown Auction Sales/
Saturdays & Sundays, year-round,
8 am–4 pm. 90 Wilson Ave.
Freehold Farmers’ Market
Fridays, July 10–October, 10 am–3 pm.
Hall of Records, 1 E. Main St.
Highlands Farmers’ Market
8:30 am–2 pm. Huddy Park.
Keyport Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, June 1–October 19,
1–7 pm Fireman’s Park, W. Front St.
Long Branch–West End
Thursdays, Late June–Early November,
9 am–4 pm. Ocean Blvd. &
Brighton Ave. 732-539-3999
Manasquan Farmers’ Market
10 am–3 pm
Main St. & Miller Preston Way.
Red Bank Farmers’
Market at The Galleria
Sundays, May 14–November 19,
9 am–2 pm. Jersey Fresh organic
produce, baked good, crafts & more!
2 Bridge Ave., 732-530-7300
Note: Check websites for exact dates. For a larger list of farmers markets as well as farm
stands and agricultural events, please check www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov.