Farms still dot the landscape in Sussex County, New Jersey. Whether you want to see cows, horses, sheep, orchards, rows of corn, ripening tomatoes, juicy strawberries, nurseries packed with blooming flowers or grapes becoming wine – it’s all here in Sussex County. As the warmth of summer comes on, so do the fruits and vegetables of the farmers’ labors. Late spring into early summer brings strawberries and early raspberries. Bedding plants are still available and perennials are great for planting right until autumn frost. Our state is known nationwide for its’ Jersey tomatoes – there’s nothing better than slicing a tomato fresh from the field. And by mid-summer, sweet corn will grace every farm stand in the county. If you want to do something hands on, there are many local pick your own vegetable operations. And when you’re done picking, it might be time to take a horseback ride on the many trails gracing Sussex County farms. Where to enjoy all of these activities is listed on the following website
Or, if you call 1-800-473-0363, you will receive both the Four Seasons of Agriculture in Sussex County and the Four Seasons of Agriculture in the Skylands brochures. Both brochures list hundreds of farms that are open to the public with great Jersey Fresh products for sale.
When purchasing fresh fruit, vegetables and plants, look for the Jersey Fresh or Jersey Grown label. Jersey Fresh means that this product has been grown in our wonderful Garden State. By so doing, you are also helping keep a local farmer in business. This preserves the quality of life we have all come to value. Northern New Jersey also has a Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign that stresses the importance of buying local fruits and vegetables – not only to keep our farmers viable – but for consumers to benefit from the nutritious aspects of fresh “picked that day” products. The tasty difference between fresh picked and fruits and veggies that have travelled thousands of miles to reach your kitchen should be enough to make the choice clear. Additionally, you are acting in a “green” manner when buying local. Thank you for keeping the Garden in the Garden State.