Spring arrives early on the farm!
Visit our greenhouses starting in early May to see a beautiful array of color — annuals, perennials, and hanging baskets bursting with bloom! New baby farm animals arrive in time for Spring School Field Trips, and we are tilling the soil to begin our plantings.
Annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, and hanging baskets….with over 15,000 square feet of growing space, we have LOTS of beautiful flowers and plants, in every imaginable size, shape, and color! Buy your plants direct from the grower and SAVE!! Our retail greenhouse traditionally opens May 1st, but we’re usually around planting, watering, and tending to the plants towards the end of April…so stop by and visit if the weather is nice! Our plants are sold both wholesale and retail, and we welcome the opportunity to supply school PTO, youth group, and other non-profit organizations with beautiful, healthy flowers and plants for their fundraising sales!
Strawberries are the first crop ready — usually in Mid-May. Our delicious strawberries are available in our retail greenhouse as well as for your to pick-your-own. Strawberry season is short, is always weather dependent, and may greatly vary. Traditionally, the season lasts until mid-June. Watch our postings for picking conditions and availability of berries for this season.
Our homegrown vegetables start arriving in mid-May. We grow all sorts of fruits and vegetables, from apples to zucchini. Visit our Homegrown Produce page for a complete listing of the crops we grow and their approximate availability times. Our produce is picked fresh and sold fresh! We are committed to selling you the freshest, most delicious produce in town…so stop by on your way home and experience the difference freshness makes!
Our Sweet Corn is picked daily…any fresher and it’ll still be growing!
White Sweet Corn and Bi-Colored Sweet Corn…we grow them both. There’s no need to ask for yellow corn, or Silver Queen. They’re a thing of the past. Ask us for Avalon or, maybe Providence. They’re as sweet as they come! They’re sugar enhanced sweet corn varieties. Where many corn varieties start converting their sugar to starch the minute they are picked, sugar enhanced sweet corn varieties have a higher sugar content, so it takes longer for it’s sugar to convert to starch, and therefore it takes longer for the corn to taste ‘old.’ Our Sweet Corn is picked fresh DAILY. If it’s not picked that morning, we don’t sell it. Any fresher, and the corn would still be growing!
We usually have our own sweetcorn by the 4th of July, as we plant it early in plastic rows, which enables the plants to grow at a quicker pace in early spring. There may be times throughout the summer that we may not able to offer both white and bi-colored corn. This is because there are occasionally times during the spring that we cannot get out into the fields to plant the corn, putting a gap inbetween plantings, and, ultimately, pickings!
If you love the taste of homegrown Jersey Sweet Corn, why not savor the taste and freeze some to enjoy all winter?! Freezing Sweet Corn is SUPER EASY!! Simply cut it off the cob, put it in a freezer zip-lock bag, and freeze. It’s that simple!! Freezing lots of corn at once can be a chore…so buy an extra half dozen or so each time you are out at the farm, and freeze a little at a time. Six ears, cut and frozen, feeds our family of 5 for one meal.
July Is Raspberry Time!
Fresh fruit….it’s a summer time favorite…and the season is coming! Imagine enjoying Jersey Fresh raspberries all winter? Well…it’s easy! Start by picking your own fresh raspberries. They’re quite plentiful during the summer here at the farm. Pick only the ripe berries…they need to be dark red. If the berry pulls off the branch with a gentle pull, it’s ripe. If the berry stays firmly on the branch, it needs a few more days to mature. Don’t pick the soft berries…berries that are going to be frozen need to be firm. When you get the berries home, wash them quickly and gently. Spread them out on a cookie sheet, and pat them lightly with a paper towel to remove all the moisture. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer, and let the berries freeze for at least 6 hours. Once frozen, remove them from the cookie sheet and put them in a freezer zip-lock bag. Keep frozen until you’re ready to enjoy them! Watch our Get the Latest postings for availability.
And there’s more …
- Von Thun Farms hosts a special Kids Day celebration traditionally on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. See Special Events for the details.
- Visit our Recipe Collection to get farm favorite ways to prepare our fresh fruits and vegetables.
- We’re always posting online Coupons for gifts and goodies in the Country Market. Don’t miss out on something special!