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,
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
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 back-to-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 Colleen Leslie