One of the things I love best about living in NJ is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. They don’t call it the Garden State for nothing! From tomatoes to corn to fresh berries, it seems you can find delicious, locally-grown produce everywhere you look. And what’s better than buying directly from the farmers who’ve grown it? We've already told you about Farmers' Markets in Hudson County and now Farmers’ markets are popping up all over Union County, offering wonderful food and gourmet items at many convenient locations. Whether it’s fresh nectarines, yummy whoopie pies or mouth-watering mozzarella, you’re sure to find something scrumptious!
Summer is here; let the festivals begin! There's something on the calendar to please everyone this month, whether you’re in the mood for music, food, nature or a good old-fashioned carnival. Highlights include the Privateers & Pirates Festival at Tuckerton Seaport, the Atlantic City Airshow and Whitesbog Village’s Blueberry Festival. You can’t go wrong with any of these awesome activities. So grab the family, slap on some sunscreen and kick off summer at one of these 15 recommended events.
Don’t have a green thumb? Critters spoiling you attempts at a garden again this year? Join a CSA farm. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a local farmer and the people who consume his/her fresh, often organic, produce. Members purchase a "share" of the farm's anticipated harvest. This partnership becomes a win/win situation to the CSA members by giving them the best quality, freshest, widest variety of locally grown produce while ensuring the survival of the farms by guaranteeing the farmer a fair return on his/her efforts. Members pay at the beginning of the season and the farmer delivers a weekly assortment of vegetables, herbs and sometimes fruit as they become available. Each of the farms runs a little differently, so check the websites and choose the program that best suits your family’s needs. And enjoy!
If locally-grown foods and warm weather daytrips are things that your family enjoys – grab the small ones and take them strawberry picking! It’s like an outdoor adventure with a sweet reward, and what kid doesn’t love red, ripe strawberries. New Jersey may be known for its tomatoes and blueberries, but we’ve also got some great places to pick-your-own strawberries, most of which start in late May. Check out some of the best spots to take your NJ kids strawberry picking.
The days are warmer, the produce is ripening and it's a great time of year to get the kids involved in choosing healthy fresh food ingredients. You may not immediately think of Hudson County as offering many options in that department; we all know it offers close proximity to NYC, museums, fabulous restaurants, but the truth is Hudson County offers 12 fantastic Farmer’s Markets, so check out our list of Hudson County Farmer’s Markets by city and get Jersey Fresh with your NJ kids and families!
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