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September is here, so regrettably it’s “so long summer.”  Actually, as a year-round resident of a summer vacation town, I can say that I am not completely mourning the end of summer.  Don’t get me wrong, we welcome the tourists (well their money really) but when Labor Day hits and the boardwalk, restaurants and streets become our own once again, we weary locals come out of hiding to safely travel our quiet streets and leisurely stroll our boardwalks and beaches.   September is our best kept secret.

So, it is with a glad/sad heart that I say Good Bye to summer and say Hello to all the yummy fall weather and farm fresh foods that still await us.  I’m still waiting on my very lazy heirlooms to get their buds moving and there’s still plenty of great barbecue weather ahead for all of us too.  Football season has already hit my house with plenty of sweaty practice gear to wash and testosterone to temper.  Oh, and school starts in a week. I love September.

On Jersey Bites we’ll be settling in to some great dining adventures.  Melissa Yurasits will be dishing about her latest visit to the Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory in Jersey City. Allison Heller will be checking in from Breakfast in the Sky- a high end breakfast on the Giant Ferris Wheel at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood and pigging out at a local pig roast in Natali vineyards in Cape May.  She’ll also be giving us the scoop on Smitty’s in Somer’s Point and a new crepe place called Crepe May- cute huh?  Tom Kovacevich our resident produce expert will be talking about juicy Jersey Apples and I’m looking forward to whipping up some new recipes which I will be sharing with all of you.  I have a fabulous onion ring recipe that I’ve been meaning to share which may find its place in your lineup of great football watching munchies.

And lastly, we will be running a Crazy giveaway this month.  10 jars of pickles and salsa, 1 of each variety from Crazy Steve’s Pickles. If you missed our review and interview with Crazy Steve himself, check out this post.

So summer is over. Here’s to a fabulous fall.  Get out and enjoy and keep us informed on your adventures on our Facebook page. We love your inside tips on everything edible in the Garden State, so don’t be shy.

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