The Garden State is overflowing with fresh, local vegetables. It’s time to celebrate our ample harvest. Across the state, farms and towns are hosting festivals celebrating famous Jersey corn and tomato crops. We’ve compiled a list of age-friendly corn and tomato festivals for Senior Citizens in New Jersey.
5 Corn and Tomato Festivals for Senior Citizens in New Jersey
Flemington Corn, Tomato, and Beer Festival — Saturday, August 13, 2022, 12:00 – 8:00 PM
Celebrate the harvest in the corn and tomato capital of the USA! You can find this family-friendly event on Stangl Road, featuring a micro-brewery beer garden, live music, and local fare. (Rain date: Sunday, August 14)
Snyder Farm Tomato Tasting — Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Learn about the Rutgers research farm from master gardeners and staff while tasting 50 different varieties of tomatoes. This free event also features a wagon tour.
Corn Fest 2022 — Sunday, July 31, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Celebrate Jersey corn at Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum in Lambertville. First, you’ll get to learn about machinery for planting and harvesting. Then, play corn hole, feed animals, hand-grind corn, and eat corn on the cob!
Cape May Tomato Festival — Saturday, September 3, 2022, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Share in community spirit and all things tomato in Cape May’s Backyard Park. Proceeds support the WCM Shade Tree Commission. So come on out and share in the heart of this beautiful community.
Salem Tomato Festival — Saturday, August 20, 2022. 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Downtown Salem will commemorate the historical tomato trials of 1820 when people thought the crop was poisonous. Colonel Robert Gibson exonerated the accused by eating an entire basket of tomatoes on the courthouse steps.
FAQ: What can I do with lots of fresh tomatoes?
A bumper crop of tomatoes can be overwhelming. So here are some ideas for using too many fresh tomatoes from your garden.
- Give them to friends and neighbors
- Donate to the local food pantry
- Preserve by freezing, canning, or dehydrating
- Make fresh bruschetta, pasta sauce, or salsa
- Process into tomato soup, gazpacho, tomato juice, and ketchup
- Eat Caprese salad, fried green tomatoes, or tabouli
- Slice and sprinkle with salt and pepper
Corn and tomato festivals for Senior Citizens in New Jersey are a great way to spend a summer day. These events bring us together to celebrate traditional American crops that cultures have cultivated on our continent for millennia. So, get out there and enjoy what our beautiful state has to offer. Be sure to dress for the weather in light garments, wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
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