Transform your next BBQ from beyond basic to the best time ever! Adding Springsteen and summer ales is just the beginning of a well-planned house party, but check out where you can find the best local vegetables and finest produce to jazz up your Jersey-style shindig. Here’s a look at the farmer’s markets you should be touring along the shore.
Location: Riley Park, Main Street and Brinley Avenue, Bradley Beach
When To Go: Every Thursday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Details: Whether you are grilling vegetable kabobs or burgers, you can find the freshest quality of items at this Garden State spot. Vendors like Martenette Farms and Robson’s Farms showcase their locally-grown produce and aim to provide their community with healthy organic options. The outdoor market is also filled with friendly artists and skilled craftsmen from neighboring shops.
More info: www.bradleyfresh.com or call 732-807-5104
Highlands Farmer’s Market
Location: 329 Bay Avenue, Huddy Park, Highlands
When To Go: Every Saturday from 8:30 am to sell out
Details: Bring extra hands to this weekly event because you’ll probably buy more than you can carry. Filled with crowd pleasers like bread, cheese, teas and honey, small businesses line up to display their favorite grown crops. Sweet corn, crispy peppers, juicy tomatoes — the supply of handpicked harvests are perfect for making delicious appetizers and sides for your hearty meal.
More info: www.highlandsnj.com or call 732-291-4713
Sea Bright Farmer’s Market
Location: 1085 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright
When To Go: Every Thursday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Details: Experience Mother Nature at its finest. Beautiful summer skies, an ocean view and Garden State greenery. Jersey pride spreads through the market scene with pop-up shops ready to serve. Stop by the fresh mozzarella stand, have your pick at a variety of pickles brought from Pickle Licious and pick up delicious treats for your furry friends from Woof Woof Barkerey.
More info: Call 732-842-0099
The Galleria Farmer’s Market
Location: Bridge Avenue and West Front Street, Red Bank
When To Go: Every Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Details: Located in the heart of the Antique District, this downtown Red Bank market is super fun for the whole family. Packed with unique crafts and gift ideas, filled with a fresh selection of fruit and vegetables and appearances by local eateries and food trucks, there’s a little something for everyone.
More info: www.thegalleriaredbank.com or call 732-530-7300
Downtown Toms River Farmer’s Market
Location: 28-46 Hadley Avenue, Toms River
When To Go: Every Wednesday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Details: Referred to as an outdoor festival, farmer’s market movers and shakers hop from vendor to vendor to shop and socialize. Beyond the typical fruit and vegetable selection, event goers also have the chance to pick up premium wines from Cream Ridge Winery, get some shade while eating gourmet bites under tents and enter a monthly raffle.
More info: www.downtowntomsriver.com or call 732-946-2711