Shop Local With the Farmers Market Directory

One of the many farmers markets held in Monmouth County. This one is Downtown Freehold. (Photo courtesy Monmouth County)

FREEHOLD – Summer is often associated with fresh fruits and veggies to make those warm weather dishes we all love. For those who like to shop fresh and local during the summer months, the Monmouth County Division of Economic Development created the Grown in Monmouth Farmers Market Directory.

Updated for 2019, the directory will point residents in the direction of 16 local farmers markets located in different regions of Monmouth County.

 “The summer months are an incredibly busy time when residents and visitors enjoy the warm weather and are curious to see what is grown in Monmouth,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Division of Economic Development. “Our goal was to promote farmers markets in our County, at no cost, and show people that they can purchase fresh, quality produce while supporting local businesses.”

The directory consists of an interactive map that pinpoints the exact location of a market. It also provides contact information for a variety of farmers markets throughout Monmouth County. You can access the directory at GrowninMonmouth.com.

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 “Each year, the Grown in Monmouth Program continues to add more local businesses to the initiative and reach more residents and visitors through successful outreach and events,” said Freehold Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Board of Agriculture. “As a long-time supporter of the agricultural community, I am thankful for this opportunity to support businesses who offer locally grown, fresh produce.”

Since 2018, the Farmers Market Directory has grown, adding Pier Village Fresh in Long Branch, Freehold Mall Fresh in Freehold and Marlboro Farmers Market in Marlboro.

For more information and directories about local produce, wineries, breweries, farmers markets, restaurants and more, visit GrowninMonmouth.com.