FREEHOLD, NJ — Although a farmers market is no longer a Saturday morning destination in downtown Belmar, there are several open for the summer located no more than five miles away.
Manasquan Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Preston Miller Way, the Asbury Park Fresh Farmers Market every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kennedy Park, Cookman and Grand Avenues, and the Asbury Park Sunset Farmers Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sunset Park, Sunset Avenue and Main Street.
For a complete rundown of the seasonal markets featuring locally grown produce, the 2019 “Grown in Monmouth” Farmers Market Directory can be accessed by clicking here.
The directory features an interactive map that enables users to pinpoint the exact location, as well as contact information, for a variety of farmers markets throughout Monmouth County. There is also a seasonality chart to discover what fruits and vegetables are being picked at a particular time of year.
While these pop-up markets flourish in fresh produce brought directly from farms throughout Monmouth County, many also include crafters, artisans and local purveyors of such products as honey, jams and fudge.
“The summer months are an incredibly busy time when residents and visitors enjoy the warm weather and are curious to see what is grown in Monmouth,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Division of Economic Development. “Our goal was to promote farmers markets in our county, at no cost, and show people that they can purchase fresh, quality produce while supporting local businesses.”
The Grown in Monmouth program is designed to help retain and grow the county’s agricultural industry. In addition to local farms and markets, its website includes information on horse farms, wineries, breweries, community gardens, nursery and garden centers, restaurants and other establishments that use local source ingredients.
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