Summer Fun in Ocean and Monmouth Counties!
by: Kelly Fliller
Summer is officially here and even though it goes by in the blink of an eye, we are going to try and soak up every minute. There is so much to do at the Jersey Shore. Here are some fun (and delicious!) things to do this summer right here in Ocean and Monmouth Counties…
1. Farmers’ Markets – What’s better than getting produce fresh off the farm? When you can get it right around the corner from your home! Jersey grown fruits and veggies seem to look brighter and taste better and you’ll find it all at farmers’ markets around town. There’s a huge selection of not only the freshest produce, but some other delicious goodies like spice mixes, homemade desserts, honey and so much more. And the best part? You’re supporting LOCAL farmers and small businesses. It’s a win-win!
One of the markets to try is in Island Heights with fresh produce, delicious pies, empanadas and a lot more. It’s open on Mondays from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at 1 Wanamaker Municipal Complex, East End Ave & Westray in Island Heights. Check out the Island Heights Farmers Market Facebook page for more information! And when you’re done picking out your favorites, you can take a walk on the Island Heights boardwalk, grab a book from the Island Heights Branch of the Ocean County Library or visit the Ocean County Artists’ Guild!
Another great farmers’ market is run by the Toms River Business Improvement District and sponsored by some awesome local businesses. The Downtown Toms River Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday, from May 23rd to November 14th, at the Ocean County Parking Garage Lawn at 28-46 Hadley Avenue in Toms River. There will also be a special Thanksgiving Market on Monday, November 19, 2018.
Nick Zorojew, Executive Director of the Toms River Business Improvement District said, “The BID goes to great lengths to search out and recruit the best vendors we can find for our market. We make sure there is plenty of produce to choose from so there are always several different farmers. Other than produce from local farms, there is not much duplication in the market offerings. We strive for quality over quantity and that seems to be appreciated by both the vendors and patrons.”
Nick also mentioned how the new Downtown Summer Trolley will be making stops at the market. “We have made the Farmers’ Market location a regular stop for the new Downtown Summer Trolley, as well. Hopefully, before or after obtaining their weekly farmers’ market supplies, folks will enjoy a nice scenic trolley ride through historic downtown and along our beautiful waterfront. The route takes about 30 minutes and connects several points of interest in the downtown district.”
Sounds like it will be a GREAT summer for Downtown Toms River! There’s so much to do downtown and fun events all summer. Check out the Downtown Toms River website for a schedule of events and lots more information.
2. Fitness in the Park, Red Bank – Fitness, health, nature – sounds like the recipe for a great summer! The Community YMCA and the Red Bank Mayor’s Wellness Campaign partner together to offer outdoor fitness classes at Riverside Gardens Park in Red Bank on Wednesday evenings, May 16th to September 12th, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. There’s something for everyone with Zumba, Pilates and yoga.
Laurie Goganzer, President & CEO of the Community Y said, “As part of the Y’s commitment to encourage healthy living, we are proud to partner with the borough of Red Bank to offer free fitness classes at Riverside Gardens Park. It’s a great way to bring the community together to promote health and well-being for all.”
Check out the Community Y website for the complete schedule and more details.
3. Beach yoga – Is there anything more Zen then yoga on the beach with the ocean waves as your soundtrack? If so, I haven’t found it yet! Take your yoga practice to the beach on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays at 8:00am in Seaside Park with the Center for Health and Healing NJ. Check out their beach yoga schedule for more details including Lavallette Gazebo yoga!
Another great place for beach yoga is Sea of Abundance Yoga. They offer classes at Chadwick and Normandy beaches. Check out the Sea of Abundance Yoga website for scheduling and more info.
4. Erik Mason Music – here’s another win-win for you this summer. Listen to great music at an awesome Jersey venue AND help local non-profits in the process! Net sales of tickets and merchandise will be donated directly to these very dedicated, local non-profit organizations. For this leg of the tour, Monmouth County SPCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties and Foodstock NJ will be on the receiving end of the donations. Erik’s next show is July 5, 2018 at House of Independents in Asbury Park. Check out Erik’s tour page for more information and to get tickets.
Marlen Kroll, Event and Fundraising Coordinator for Erik Mason Music said, “Come on out and embrace our efforts in raising strength, hope, money, compassion, and awareness, all in tremendous support of three absolutely amazing non-profits! During the July 5th show, you will hear fantastic original music by Ian Bamberger & Erik Mason, along with some very special cover songs and of course a few surprises. It will be one incredible night to remember…and never forget all those people and pets that need us the most!”
This is going to be an awesome summer with so much to do. And while you’re having fun, you can feel good that you’re supporting the local economy and non-profits! For more fun around Ocean and Monmouth Counties, check out the Ocean County Tourism website and the Monmouth County Tourism Website.