As you drive through the Township of South Brunswick, New Jersey, you can’t see much to differentiate it from other towns. Chain restaurants, grocery stores, banks and retail stores surround the city’s main roads. If you had to drive across to get to a friend’s house, nothing would stand out to make you think this city is unique. However, once you have taken back roads to take a closer look at your surroundings, the garden part of the “state of the garden” begins to appear.
From Spring to Fall on 505 Ridge Rd., Von Thun Farms is the fifth generation family farm filled with apples, berries, huge pumpkins, spring greenhouse flowers, and a farmer’s market with Angus beef and fresh Jersey 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 have 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 blueberries melt in your mouth the second you take a bite of them, the blackberry variety does too.
You’ll want to make sure you don’t skip arm day at the gym, as Von Thun Farms offers lumpy pumpkins, oval pumpkins, and round pumpkins that all need help carrying them around. They always make fantastically carved pumpkins around Halloween time. You can pick them right from the field or grab one in front of their farmer’s market. If you buy one in front of the market, be sure to go there to get the best apple cider donuts in town with a glass of apple cider. The farmers market has more than you can imagine, local honey, jams, jellies, handmade soaps and lotions, fruits, vegetables, grass-fed beef and delicious pies freshly baked. Von Thun Farms has everything you need to supply your home with fresh Jersey foods.
If Von Thun Farms is too far across town and you want a closer market for all the fresh foods, head to the A&C Farmers Market near NJ-27. No matter the time or the day of the week, this market will never disappoint you with fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and drinks. Plus, the owners love to decorate for every party because when you walk in it’s like walking through a gate to the vacation birthplace. If you thought fresh produce and a decorated store couldn’t be better, you were wrong. The owners are always extremely nice and always help out if needed.
A&C Farmers Market sells stunning bouquets of flowers, but if you’re looking to plant a breathtaking garden, head 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. The Crossroads Nursery has everything you can think of, from landscaping expertise, an abundance of plants, a wide variety of stones, pavers, mulch, not to mention the staff who treat you like family. There are always vibrant flowers, trees and shrubs for you to choose from, and a wholesale Christmas tree bundle is coming the holiday season.
If you are a busy person then Crossroads Nursery & Garden Center offers plenty of landscaping services to leave your lawn looking exquisite. There are planting services, masonry work, ponds, grading and leveling, landscaping beds, landscaping lighting, and tree or shrub removal. The Crossroads Nursery family put all of their hard work and detail into everything they do to ensure you receive the best possible care. You can have patios, walkways, walkways, steps, light columns, tiny or large ponds with waterfalls, stoning and mulch to get your needs finished.
The Township of South Brunswick connects with residents to bring the Garden State to their front door. Whether you want some fresh produce or want to redo your lawn, this city has it all. Make sure you leave enough room in your stomach for the fresh produce grown in Jersey.