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Can anyone recommend some good roadside farm stands in the monmouth county region??

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  1. With older farmers retiring and their children opting not to carry on with family farming, much farmland has been sold, so the number of farm stands has shrunk considerably. In my immediate area, I used to be able to stop at a half dozen. Now, it's down to one.

    That one is Stattl's, on Route 520, near Route 79, in Marlboro. They grow their own corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and cukes. (In the fall, pumpkins.) They also sell other vegetables they don't grow themselves, plus a variety of fruits, and various other products. However, Stattl's may not be long for this world since the owners are getting ready to retire and have already been in negotiations to sell the land to eager home builders. Very sad! :-(

    1. Samaha's in Aberdeen, they open on June 25th...

      1. Statewide, you can use the following to search:

        http://www.state.nj.us/jerseyfresh/se...

        1. I tried to post this before - don't know where it went. It's the Jersey Fresh search page for farmstands. A quick search showed 51 in Monmouth County.

          http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/agricu...

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          1. re: MGZ

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          2. One farm stand that never seems to make any list is located in Hazlet off Middle Road. Their produce table is situated inside the Cullen Center & Swim Club grounds. When the owner is there a sign is posted at both entrance/exit of the Center.

            What is the name of the stand I can see off the Parkway, heading north (before the bridge) of monmouth? Looks quite large from the road.

            1. In Mercer County you can fine Stults Farm in East Windsor. They have both a pick your own, or some items are available at the farm stand. RGR is absolutely right about the number of stands around NJ. NJ folks need to go to these places to keep them viable. I spend a lot of money at Stults Farm each week; I've never been disappointed with a product. I've had friends say "A watermelon is $6 there, it's on sale at the supermarket for $4". True, but Stults picked it that day! It didn't travel on trucks for a week and a half! Plus, NJ is overcrowded & farms such as this are preserved open land.

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              1. re: jethro

                One of the other things that is forcing some farmers to go out of the roadside stand business is the state's Jersey Fresh program. I know of one farmer who had a very small operation who gave it up because he couldn't compete with supermarket prices. On the other hand, the state's program is kind of a two-edged sword. It may actually be helping some farmers stay in the farming business because the supermarkets provide a place for farmers to sell their produce.

                I do agree that keeping farms going is one of the best ways to preserve open land and put some brakes on the over-building of houses,

                1. re: RGR

                  It is refreshing to see the growing interest in this issue. There is actually the potential for growth in local, small-scale farming fueld by demand from people like those who frequent these boards. I like to think of us as thoughtful consumers - the more thought each of us gives to our consumption (and not just food) the more likely we all are to benefit.

                  Organic farming reduces the toll on the land. Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables grown locally reduces the consumption of energy in transportation and flat out increases the taste experience for the consumer. At the fear of being too preachy, I'll stop there and include a link to help those interested find quality farms in the Garden State.

                  http://www.nofanj.org/