We’re the Garden State, and we’ve all seen every garden that NJ has to offer: Vegetables galore, corn and tomatoes, rose and orchid gardens, fruit orchards.

But there is one flower (which happens to be my favorite) that seems to be neglected when it comes to garden tours and visits: Sunflowers.

Sunflowers are summer’s special bloom! Every summer, my family and I make it a point to check out a sunflower garden in New Jersey. While there are plenty of local spots to head to, I often look for the best in the state, making my visit to the fields an adventure.

Sunflower fields are also a great place to take photos, so why not get the family together and enjoy this beautiful form of nature to end the summer?

Right now is peak sunflower season, where you’ll enjoy the most robust and beautiful selection of blooms. Here are some of Jersey’s best:

Timberline Farms in Folsom

This sunflower field is over 2 acres and has over 35,000 sunflowers to check out throughout the end of summer. All that’s needed to pick flowers and take pictures is a reservation which can be done online.

Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford

Johnson’s sunflowers start to bloom at the end of July making this time of summer the absolute best time to visit the farm. You can walk through the maze or just pick sunflowers to bring home.

Hill Creek Farms in Mullica Hill

If you’re on a sunflower mission, this is the spot to come to. Starting Aug. 19, Hill Creek will have a large selection of perfectly bloomed sunflower fields to check out with family and friends. There is also a train ride around the farm for younger kids.

Melick's Town Farm in Oldwick

Looking for sunflowers and some farm animals? This is your place. Rub pig bellies while you pick some of Jersey’s freshest flowers of the summer. And the best part is the farm's sunflower fields will remain open all the way until September making for a perfect spontaneous weekend activity.

ArrowHead Farm Stand in Manalapan

If you’re up for the challenge, check out this 15-acre sunflower farm and find enough flowers to fill up your entire house. Sunflower picking is available Aug. 19-29 and there will be plenty of photo ops.

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This has to be the best farmers market in New Jersey

If you’re looking for a great farmers market, you have to visit the Summit Farmers Market. This year they have over 50 vendors, offering a large selection of great produce from various local farmers, lots of specialty foods and more. There is also plenty of free parking. My dog and I went for a visit last week and took pictures of what they have to offer.

Vendors Not Pictured:

  • Adventure Kitchen
  • Angel Planet Foods
  • Anita's Baked Wonders
  • Bull 'N Bear Brewery
  • Fit Fed Puppy
  • Foraged Feast
  • Hummus Boss
  • Jana's Jammy
  • Java's Compost
  • Kariba Farms
  • Louis Organics
  • Luxx Chocolat
  • Made with Clay
  • Mangalitsa
  • Our Woods Maple Syrup
  • Roaming Acres Farm
  • Spice Sisters
  • Stefan's Polish Foods
  • Sustainable Haus
  • Valley Shepherd Creamery
  • WoodsEdge Farm

The Summit Farmers Market will be open every Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will last until November 20th. The market is located at Park & Shop Lot #1 on the corner of DeForest Avenue and Woodland Avenue.

Below are photos of some of the local vendors joining the farmers market this season:

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