While the Jersey Shore’s excellent restaurants offer visitors a bounty of options for dining out, sometimes it’s fun to eat some fruit or veggies fresh from the farm.
South Jersey has a wealth of “Pick Your Own” farms. It’s a lot of fun to pick your fruit fresh from the vine (or tree). And how about some garden fresh vegetables? It’s a good way to support local farmers and carry yesterday’s Earth Day theme throughout the season.
Here are some of the Jersey Shore’s best places to pick your own produce:
B&B Farms – Blueberries – 250 S. Mannheim Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ Ph: 609-965-5558
Butterhof’s Shady Brook Farm – Strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, pumpkins – 5800 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor, NJ Ph: 609-965-4696.
In addition to the pick your own, Butterhof’s has a roadside Market where you can buy Apples, corn, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, pumpkins, eggplant, potatoes, and cucumbers. Apple Varieties: Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Stayman/Winesap. And don’t miss the hay rides and corn maze.
DiMeo Bluebery Farms – Blueberries
Surf and Turf Farm – Strawberries, peas, spinach, lettuce, pumpkins – 251 South Odessa Ave, Pomona – Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215. Phone: 609-965-4607.
An easy drive from the shore, as is Legendary Blueberries, above. It’s suggested you call ahead. One of their visitors commented on the PickYourOwn website: “There were other crops in the field, too, and it was nice to show the kids what broccoli looks like in the ground. ” Good point!
For more information, Pick Your Own farms in Cape May and Cumberland counties, hours open, and more, visit PickYourOwn.org.