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Earlier this week, I received this emailed press release about the NJ blueberry crop from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture: “POPULAR JERSEY FRESH BLUEBERRIES NOW AVAILABLE”.

“Jersey Fresh blueberries, the official state fruit, are now in season and available at local supermarkets, farmers markets, roadside stands, and pick-your-own farms, Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced today.”

This should be an interesting year for berries because strawberries are late this year and many farmers are still struggling with the strawberry crop this year because of the rain and wetness.

“Getting the strawberries out of the field this year is like mud wrestling” said a Farmers Market/Farmstand employee I talked to this week.

“They are going fast [the strawberries]” she added and they sell out early every day at every market.

I can attest to that having missed out on fresh strawberries every Sunday for the past three weeks at the Red Bank Farmers market.

If you’ve got a hankering for fresh blueberries and are trying to find some fresh ones visit the

Jersey Fresh Site

or

Visit NJ Farms

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Late summer in New Jersey

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West Windsor.

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September in New Jersey

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Dried Basil ready to be jarred, beach plums and of course peppers.  Big stock pot of fresh homemade NJ tomato sauce made w/ new Jersey baby plum tomatoes  is cooking on the stove.

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Late Summer in New Jersey.

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A case of fresh picked plum tomatoes, a big pile of Basil, a burlap bag full of sweet corn, and assorted eggplants, zucchini, peppers & yellow squash. All Jersey Fresh!  Everything was grown within about 30 miles of Long Branch & Red Bank.

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I bought these at the Red Bank Farmers Market today from Hauskerh Hill Farms which is located in Old Bridge.  Delicious!!! 

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The produce and veggies are coming in strong. Hauser Hills Farm sold out of red onions and green beans early. Blueberries were 4 quarts for $10 at the stand next right next to Hauser. I was able to grab some super fresh white onions and broccoli for tomorrow night’s stir fry.

I didn’t get far down the row, but it appeared that some sweet corn was coming in.

E.R. & Sons gave me free beet greens from a customer who wanted them chopped off. Needless to say I was psyched. I’ll be cooking them up with some oil and garlic to serve alongside some leftover homemade paprika chicken and spatezle a friend made for dinner Friday night. Fresh broccoli rabe, fresh mixed greens and a big bag of fresh mint completed my mix. But they also have wonderful looking romaine lettuce, chard, kale, collard greens, watercress, garlic scapes. They also offered a nice set of Dandelion greens. Anyone looking to cook up some greens, especially if you are looking for some sides for BBQ would do well to pay them a visit.

Jesse from Jesse’s in Long Branch was out as usual and I replenished our stock of Jesse’s herb vinagrette, which goes well with herbs, slaw, anything you can imagine. Her restaurant in West End is a wonderful place with many fresh made, home made, healthy options and well worth a visit.

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Thursdays from 4pm – 7pm at the 1st Avenue Green Space.  Next to the Watermark.

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