Living at the Jersey Shore means you benefit from the farmers’ markets that provide you with locally grown produce, so you can take it from farm to table. Nothing beats a Jersey tomato, whether you enjoy it in a sandwich or use it to make your very own signature sauce. Here is a simple recipe…roast plum tomatoes in the oven or BBQ for approximately 30 minutes on 400 degrees. Turn the oven off and let the tomatoes sit in the warm oven for another 20 minutes. Remove the skin and place the roasted tomatoes in a bowl with chopped garlic, fresh basil, hot pepper flakes, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt. Now you have a fresh sauce for pasta or homemade pizza. Check out these farmers’ markets in Monmouth County and get your locally grown veggies and herbs:
Asbury Park – Sunset Farmers Market
Sunset Avenue at Main Street
Season: May to end of season
Days & Hours: Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Asbury Park – Farmers Market at Kennedy Park
Cookman Avenue at Grand Avenue
Season: Saturdays, May 27 to September 2 and Sundays May 14 to November 19
Days & Hours: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Atlantic Highlands Farmers Market
Veterans Park, 111 First Avenue
Season: June 2 to October 6
Days & Hours: Fridays noon to 6 p.m.
Belmar – Farmers Market
Pyanoe Plaza, Main Street at 9th Avenue
Season: May 27 to September 2
Days & Hours: Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon
Bradley Beach – Farmers Market
Riley Park, Main Street at Brinley Avenue
Season: July 1 to August 31
Days & Hours: Saturdays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Freehold – Downtown Farmers Market
In front of the Hall of Records, One East Main Street
Season: July to October
Days & Hours: Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Highlands – Farmers Market
Huddy Park, 301 Shore Drive
Season: June to October
Days & Hours: Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to sellout
Keyport – Farmers Market
Fireman’s Park, 109 West Front Street
Season: June 3 to October 21
Days & Hours: Thursdays 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Long Branch – West End Farmers Market
West End Park, Brighton Avenue and Ocean Boulevard
Season: June to November
Days & Hours: Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Manasquan – Farmers Market
Miller Preston Way
Season: June 1 to September 2
Days & Hours: Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Middletown – Farmers and Makers Market
Season: June to August
Days & Hours: 2nd & 4th Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon
Oceanport – Farmers Market
First Aid Building Parking Lot, 2 Pemberton Avenue
Season: July 1 to end of season
Days & Hours: Thursdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Red Bank – Sunset Farmers Market
Galleria Parking Lot, Bridge Avenue and West Front Street
Season: May 14 to November 19
Days & Hours: Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sea Bright – Farmers Market
Public Beach Parking Lot, Ocean Avenue
Season: June 1 to September 30
Days & Hours: Thursdays 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information about Grown in Monmouth, contact the Division of Economic Development at 732-431-7470.