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Jersey Fresh in the Garden State

Credit: Jim Forest on Flickr

Did you know that New Jersey has over 10,000 farms covering nearly 750,000 acres of farmland? Or that nationally the state ranks 2nd in blueberry production, 3rd in cranberry production, and 4th in bell pepper, head lettuce, and peach production?

That Garden State nickname is no joke.

And there’s no better place to get a taste of the state’s homegrown offerings than at a local farmers market. Thankfully, the season is almost upon us. With summer seven weeks away, farmers markets are popping up all over the area. The Galleria Red Bank Farmers Market kicks things off on Mother’s Day (May 12), and the Downtown Toms River Farmers Market gets the Ocean County activity started on May 22.

For more information about local farmers markets, check out the Monmouth County Farmers Markets and Ocean County Farmers Markets listings on To learn about other farmers markets and buying local produce, visit the “Find Jersey Fresh” page on


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