As you travel west from the shore, country roads dotted with fields of corn and vegetables and
orchards of ripening fruit come into view. Stop at farm stands and farmers’ markets brimming with
locally grown produce, herbs, flowers and pies, or make time to pick your own peaches, nectarines,
sweet corn, apples, raspberries, pumpkins, squash and gourds, Christmas trees and more!
The county is home to several gourmet markets that were once rural farm stands. To find out what
is in season, what agricultural events are happening around the region and where to find a roadside
market, pick-your-own farm or community farmers’ market, visit www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov.
For a sense of the area’s agricultural heritage, visit historic Longstreet Farm where the sights, sounds
and smells of rural Monmouth County in the 1890s have been recreated on nine acres in Holmdel
Park. The farm is open year-round and interpreters in period dress show both daily and seasonal
agricultural and domestic activities.
Stop at a vineyard for a tour and tasting. Carry a camera and capture blue autumn skies and fields
full of yellow sunflowers and orange pumpkins. Bring the kids and enjoy a haunted hayride or corn
maze. Return in winter to cut a Christmas tree or dig up a live one. There are four seasons of backto
the-earth activities to enjoy. See the Events section of this guide for a list of great things to see and
do throughout the year.
Photo by C. Leslie