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 – 366 Middle Road, Hammonton, NJ 08037. Phone: (609) 561-5905. Alternate Phone: (215) 327-2537.
DiMeo’s follows organic practices. Here you’ll find blueberries, other berries, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), and raspberries (Autumn, black). Visits are by appointment only.
Legendary Blueberries, LLC – Blueberries – 511 West Duerer Street, Egg Harbor, NJ 08215. Phone: (609) 703-3355.
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.