Pumpkin Patch at Von Thun Farms

Pumpkin Patch at Von Thun Farms

Driving through South Brunswick Township, New Jersey, there isn’t much you can see to differentiate it from other towns. Chain restaurants, grocery stores, banks and retail stores surround major roads in town. If you were to drive through on your way to a friend's house, nothing would stand out to make you think this town is unique. However, once you take some back roads for a closer look at your surroundings, the garden part of “the garden state” starts to show.

From the spring to fall on 505 Ridge Rd., Von Thun Farms is the fifth-generation family farm filled with “u-pick” apples, berries, enormous pumpkins, spring greenhouse flowers and a farm market with homegrown Angus beef and Jersey fresh produce. With two apple orchards, there are golden delicious, Mutsu, Gala, Cameo, Nittany, Sun Crisp, Stayman and Fuji apples to pick. They have the apple trees lined up in rows so far you need to squint to see the other side. Their strawberries are as red as a rose, and you can fill buckets of blueberries in as little as 10 minutes from the beautifully grown berry bushes. Not only do the blueberries melt in your mouth the second you take a bite, but the variety of blackberries do as well.

You’ll want to make sure you don't skip arm day at the gym because Von Thun Farms has lumpy pumpkins, oval pumpkins and round pumpkins that all need help to carry. They always make fantastically carved pumpkins come Halloween time. You get to pick them right out of the field or grab one in front of their farmer’s market. If you get one in front of the market, make sure to head in to grab yourself the town's best apple cider donuts with a glass of apple cider. The farmers market has more than you can imagine, from local honey, jams, jellies, handmade soaps and lotions, fruit, vegetables, homegrown grass-fed beef and delicious freshly baked pies. Von Thun Farms has everything you need to stock your house with fresh Jersey food.

If Von Thun Farms is too far on the other side of town, and you want a closer market for all the fresh food, head over to A&C Farmers Market off NJ-27. No matter the time or day of the week, this market will never let you down by providing fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and drinks. Plus, the owners love to decorate for each holiday, as when you walk in, it’s as if you walked through a portal to the holiday’s birthplace. If you thought fresh products and a decorated store couldn’t get better, you thought wrong. The owners are always extremely kind and always help you out if needed.

A&C Farmers Market sells stunning flower bouquets, but if you’re someone who is looking to plant a breathtaking garden, head over to Georges Road to visit Crossroads Nursery & Garden Center. Crossroads Nursery is family-owned, providing everything you need to turn your landscape into a masterpiece. Crossroads Nursery has everything you can think of, from expertise in landscape construction, an abundance of plants, a huge variety of stones, pavers, mulch, and not to mention the staff treats you like family. There are always vibrant flowers, trees, and shrubs on display for you to choose from, and a Christmas tree wholesale lot come the holiday season. 

If you’re a busy person, then Crossroads Nursery & Garden Center offers numerous landscaping services to leave your lawn exquisite. There are planting services, masonry work, ponds, grading and leveling, landscaping beds, landscaping lighting and removing trees or shrubs. The Crossroads Nursery family puts all of their hard work and details into everything they do for you to receive the best care possible. You can have patios, walkways, driveways, steps, light columns, tiny or large ponds with waterfalls, stoning and mulch put in for your needs to be finished.

South Brunswick Township connects to the residents to bring them the Garden State right to their front door. Whether you want a few fresh products or you want to redo your lawn, this town has everything you’ll want. Make sure you leave plenty of room in your stomach for the Jersey-grown fresh produce.

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