Our Farm Markets are now OPEN for the season! To help us kick off the beginning of a new season, we’ve got some special COUPON OFFERS just for you … see them below. To access your savings, the coupons must be shown to the cashier. The coupons are valid now through the Memorial Day Weekend only, May 24 – 27, 2018.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook this season for crop updates, events and happenings, and special offers. We’ve got two Facebook pages, one for our South Brunswick, NJ location and one for our Washington, NJ location.
Thanks for your interest in, and support of VonThun’s Farm Markets … we hope to see you out at the farm soon!
Help Us Name Our New Donkey!
This contest is for teachers, classes, and individual pre-school, kindergarten, and elementary school students in the Washington, NJ area only.
Enter the contest now via our farm Facebook page.
CONTEST ENDS MAY 15
The winning name for the donkey will be announced on Facebook before May 20
The winning class or individual will receive their choice of:
- A free farm tour of our farm in Washington Twp. for your class (this year or next)
- A visit from the donkey for your class at school & a short presentation about donkeys
- A visit from our staff (no donkey) & a presentation about local agriculture
This spring we are adding a Barnyard area near our farm market in Washington … and every Barnyard needs a donkey, right?! We adopted a cute little brown donkey from the Last Chance Ranch animal rescue in Quakertown, PA. Although he came with the name Wilfred, we feel he’s way TOO CUTE for that name. We’re on a quest to find him a cuter, more appropriate name, and thought what better way to name him than with the help of our local school kids!
Wilfred’s story is a sad one according to the rescue folks at Last Chance Ranch. Poor Wilfred started his life living with an Amish family in Pennsylvania. When they no longer wanted him, he was taken to an auction, his fate unknown. Some nice folks found the donkey scared & alone in a back corner of the auction barn, bought him, and brought him to the rescue. Ranch volunteers worked with the thin, fearful donkey for months to make him happy & build his confidence. Today, our chubby little donkey is pleasant as can be & loves attention!
There are SO many names that we’ve thought of and thought about, but we can’t all agree on one!
Maybe his new name could be a name that …
- tells about how he looks?
- shows what a little trooper he’s been?
- relates to his new home in Washington?
- is a typical/common donkey name?
- relates to his personality?
- is just a fun name?
We sure hope you & your class will help us choose a name … we open for the season on May 24, and he needs a name for opening day!
Entering the contest is simple
… all entries can be submitted via our farm Facebook page
. Simply tell us:
- your choice of names for the donkey
- why your class chose that name
- what school you’re submitting the contest entry for
- what teacher’s class you’re submitting the entry for
For more chances to win, share this contest with your students & their parents. The more donkey name suggestions there are for your class, the more chances your class has to win!
Should more than one person suggest the name that we choose for the donkey, we will put the names of those individuals in a hat and choose one Grand Prize winner. That Grand Prize winner will have their choice of prizes listed above. The runners up that suggested the chosen name will each receive a $10 VonThun Farms gift card & a stuffed donkey from Douglas Toys.
We can’t wait to give our little boy a new name … thanks for taking part in our contest.
FINALLY! Spring is here & the farmers have started working the fields in preparation of our growing season. After such a LOOONG, cold winter, it sure was nice to have two warmer, sunny days! Warm, sunny days are instrumental in determining when our fresh, homegrown produce will be ready to harvest. Although quite a few of our crops were recently planted, it often takes 60-90 days from the plant/transplant date until harvest … so if you do the math, you’ll see there won’t be very much to harvest until late May/early June … and later!
The farmers are anticipating the true arrival of Spring as much as we all are, but for now it’s pretty much a waiting game. We wait for those warm, sunny days. We wait for the soil to warm up so the plant roots want to grow. We wait for the field plants to mature, the buds to set, and the crops to grow. We wait, patiently, for the harvest to begin.
Jersey fresh, local grown produce is like no other. It’s SOOO much better than the supermarket produce we’ve been buying all winter- the produce that was grown hundreds & thousands of miles from here. So far, despite the cold weather, the farmers seem to be on schedule … but that doesn’t mean the plants are growing or that they will be ready to harvest on schedule. Every chance the guys have had, they devoted to tilling the ground & planting. Tilling & planting will continue to be an ongoing project as we work to ready & plant field after field. For now, here’s a quick look at the crops that we’ve already got planted:
- Strawberries … they were planted last year, they take a few years to grow. Although berries should be ready in late May, they’re still dormant & haven’t even thought about starting to grow.
- Garlic … that was planted last year too, but garlic likes it cool, so it’s not struggling with these cool temperatures as much as other crops are.
- Sugar snap & pod peas … although they were planted right after St. Patrick’s day, they JUST sprouted. It took that long for them to even start to grow! Both types of peas will be available for pick-your-own when they are ready to harvest, most likely in mid June.
- Romaine, iceberg, & red and green leaf lettuces … fresh, homegrown lettuce is the best! Lettuce will be one of the first crops we’ll harvest in late May, as they do enjoy cool weather.
- Red & green cabbage … there might even be some Savoy cabbage that’s been planted.
- Broccoli … an early season favorite.
- Kohlrabi … another lesser known early season favorite. Kohlrabi is good, nutritious, & is definitely a conversation starter!
- Kale … once you learn how to prepare it, you’ll find that kale is a great, versatile, “in” veggie.
- Onions … yellow, red, & white.
- Greenhouse tomatoes … not QUITE as good as a real vine – ripe Jersey tomato, but a close second! We ran out of room for all our greenhouse tomato plants & had some left over, so we planted them in the field. Yes, it’s WAY too early to be planting tomatoes in the field, but hey, they were extra so let’s see how they do!
- AND….not that it will be ready any time soon…but – the first field of sweet corn has been planted! Early plantings of sweet corn are another story for another day…but the important thing is that it’s in the ground, ready to start growing when Mother Nature says it can! We’re hoping that we can start picking sweet corn by the 4th of July.
Keep your fingers crossed that Mother Nature will be kind this season … kind enough to give us warm, sunny days, frost free nights, and just enough rain to keep the crops healthy. We’re excited that our season has started – excited that we’re (FINALLY) growing!