WHILE SOME OF the Farmers Markets in the area have been open for a few weeks, there are others who are gearing up for their summer seasons starting in June. Below is a list of markets where residents and visitors can support the local produce at home in the Garden State.
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – June 5 marks the opening of the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market for this summer season. It will return all of its vendors from last year who helped earn them the title of second best in Monmouth County. The market is open noon to 6 p.m. Fridays at Veteran’s Park at 111 First Ave.
HIGHLANDS – Specializing in fruits, vegetables and freshly picked flowers, the Highlands Annual Farmers Market will be going into its 21st year in operation. Located in Huddy Park at the corner of Waterwitch and Bay Avenue, the market opens at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. The early bird gets the worm at Highlands market, which only stays open until sellout – which is said to be around 2 p.m. But you can never be too sure.
RED BANK – Join the Two River Times’ hometown of Red Bank for some delicious, freshly grown produce at the Galleria Farmers Market. Located at the corner of Bridge Avenue and West Front Street, the Galleria is now open for the summer 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. Enjoy a bountiful selection of nearly 30 different vendors supplying nutritious food until it closes in mid-November.
SEA BRIGHT – Returning for its sophomore season, the Sea Bright Farmers Market has been up and running since May 7. The market opens for business from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in the municipal parking lot located on Ocean Avenue. Although they are young, the market’s impact expands to more than produce, teaming with Paint the Town Pink, a community-wide project raising awareness for annual mammography screening, during the month of May.
– By Connor White
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