Late July into August is the absolute BEST time for locally grown fruits and vegetables at the Jersey Shore, and these 6 are the tops on my list!
They call New Jersey “The Garden State” for a reason my friend. We might not have the premium arid conditions for growing year-round produce like California. Or, the consistent temperature for warm weather plants such as Florida’s oranges and other citrus. However, New Jersey farmers make the most out of their growing seasons, and that is most evident this time of year!
On a recent phone call with my Mother In Law, who lives down in Central Florida, we were discussing cooking. She wanted my opinion on how to cook a pork loin. At the end of our chat, I asked if she was going to have a nice Summer tomato salad with her pork. She immediately went into a rant about how awful the local tomatoes are in Florida.
I had to laugh since she almost came to visit us this Summer and would have had all the Jersey ‘Maters she could eat. Her reason for not enjoying the Floridian tomatoes was just. “They’re not the same”. No, I guess they’re not. I envy the from-scratch sauce makers out there too!
Let’s face it, great local veggies can complement any dish.
Furthermore, Carl Craft and I have a yearly quest going to find the perfect local peach/nectarine. We frequent different fruit stands, so it’s anybody’s guess when and where we will find our own firsts. Mine came just this weekend! I had scored some nice peaches at Silverton Farms in Toms River and had them sitting in a bag on the counter for a couple of days.
I brought one to our local beach on Sunday and was able to grab it before my wife, a peach fiend of sorts, got her paws on it. My God, it was a gastronomical orgasm. Perfect taste. Perfect texture. Meanwhile, the juice was not contained by a napkin! I had to jump in the bay to clean off! That, my friend, is the perfect Jersey Shore peach.
With that said, here are 6 of the best fruits and veggies you can get (for another month or two), at your local Jersey Shore farm stand.