Pick Your Own Fruit & Veggies at the Jersey Shore

Things to Do — By melodymoser on April 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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.

Blueberries on the branch

Pick your own fresh blueberries

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.

[Left photo courtesy of Arria Belli/Wikimedia; top right Hannah 50/Wikimedia]

Tags: earth day, farms, produce