A blog about living in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food - At Samaha's, It's Mr Pumpkin

The US Department of Agriculture has launched a new program called Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, to encourage people to buy locally grown food. Samaha's on Lloyd Road in Aberdeen is a great place to start.

Aberdeen is a great destination when you're coming down to Monmouth County to shop for pumpkins and buy fresh produce. You'll want to bring your small children to meet Mr Pumpkin, a favorite pastime during the Halloween season. Your children will sit on hay bales and watch a simple production with Mr Pumpkin and friends on a stage called Mr Pumpkin's House. There is also a hayride that takes adults and kids alike on a short trip through the nearby fields.

You'll want to have a look at the fruits and vegetables in the store. You'll find a great assortment of Jersey tomatoes, Samaha's renowned corn on the cob, and a number of varieties of apples.

You'll also find asparagus, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, carrots, and potatoes, even pickles. And so much more.

Samaha's also has mums and other seasonal plants for your yard. I plan to pick some up this week. They also have corn stalks for decorating your yard for the season.

Get to know your local farmer. Visit your local fruit and vegetable stand before the season ends.


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