I don't eat corn on the cob until this time of year in New Jersey. I just don't. It ain't worth it. Same with tomatoes. I will have them on sandwiches and make bruschetta or pico de gallo salsa with them but I won't eat just tomatoes until the Jersey tomatoes are ready.

Well, they're here! The one pictured is from my favorite farm stand run by a real hard-working honest-to-goodness Jersey-girl farmer/businesswoman/sweetheart named Mary from the Red Top Market on Route 70 in Southampton. She always manages to get the first of everything grown here in Jersey and this weekend she did not disappoint.

So if you love Jersey corn and tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, etc. THEY'RE HERE!!!! Go out to a local farm stand and get some, cause we only have a few months of the good stuff, then it's gone til next summer.

Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July!

Here's a handful of the other farm stands that offer Jersey tomatos, but they're far from the only ones. The state Jersey Fresh site keeps a list you can search by county.

299 Princeton-Hightstown Road, East Windsor
Phone: (609) 426-8884, Fax: (609) 426-0269
Open: March 15 to Dec. 24, daily, Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 pm, Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 pm
Roadside Market: Tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, potatos, yams, garlic, lettuce, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, blueberries, pumpkins
Also available: Bedding plants, shrubs, cut flowers, Christmas trees

Cheesequake Farms
191 Highway 34, Matawan
Phone: (732) 583-6780
Open: Palm Sunday to Christmas, daily 9 a.m.to- 6 p.m., extended hours during Christmas
Roadside Market: Peppers, tomatoes,eggplant, corn, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, sweet potatoes
Also available: Holiday plants and flowers, hanging baskets, ornamental and unique gourds, straw, grave covers, wreaths, Christmas trees.

Atlantic Farms
1506 Atlantic Ave. (Rt. 524), Manasquan
Phone: (732) 528-8680, Fax: (732) 528-8410
Open: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Roadside market: Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, herbs, lettuce, melons, peppers (sweet, hot), squash (summer, winter), tomatoes, plum tomatoes, string beans, beets, carrots, sweet corn, onions, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, watermelon, hay straw, corn stalks, Christmas trees
Pick your own: Peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, squash, plum tomatoes, cut flowers, pumpkins, mums
Also available: Hay rides during pumpkin season, Christmas, Easter, corn maze, petting farm, school & group farm tours, picnic area, equipment display, special events as advertised.

Indyks Farm
595 Spotswood-Englishtown Road, Monroe Township
Phone: (732) 763-0919
Open: June to Nov.
Roadside market: Seasonal farm produce; watermelon; cabbage; cauliflower; tomatoes; collards; turnips; mustard; kale; strawberries; peppers; eggplants; potatoes; zucchini; corn; pickles; cucumbers
Pick your own: Strawberries and Sugar snap peas
Also available: Rye Straw

English Farm
3625 Valley Road, Liberty Corner
Open: July 1 to October 31, daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Roadside market: Tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, cabbage, beets, cucumbers, okra, hot peppers, peaches, apples, blueberries, winter squash, pumpkins, gourds.
Also available: Herbs, flowers, corn husks, Indian corn, hay rides.

Apple Hill Farm
59 Clover Hill Road, Raritan
Open: June to Dececember, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Roadside market: Sweet & Sour Cherries, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Apples, Tomatoes, Garden Vegetables (eggplant, peppers, squash varieties, okra)

Lone Wolf Farm Market
1537 Route 38, Lumberton
Phone: (609) 267-1798
Open: Easter to Christmas, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Roadside market: Tomatoes; sweet corn; melons; pumpkins
Also available: Jersey Fresh Cooks cookbook; bedding plant; hanging baskets; Easter flowers; mums; Christmas trees

D & G Farm
742 Green Valley Road, Jackson
Phone: (732) 367-2597
Open: June 30 to Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Roadside market: Apples,Tomatoes, Squash, Eggplant, Peppers (hot, sweet, bean, beets, pears, peaches, apples, plums
Apple varieties: Gala, Golden Delicious, McKuits, & Red Delicious
Also available:  WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted.

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