Unsettled cool weather forecasted for April is creating a buzz in New Jersey’s agricultural community. Low morning temperatures can create problems for crops. We are watching our fields closely but don’t anticipate any setbacks this season due to frost.
“One of our advantages here at Terhune Orchards is that here on Cold Soil Rd., the soil is actually cold,” owner Pam Mount said. “The trees and other perennial plants bloom a bit later here than other places in the state. That delay gives us more protection from spring frosts than other areas in the state because fruit trees are more susceptible to damage when they are in full bloom.”
Our peach orchard with more than 30 varieties is now in bloom. The trees produce far more blossoms than are necessary to yield a good crop. This is nature’s way of ensuring survival.
Part of our planning for growing fruit and vegetables at Terhune Orchards involves our partnership with bees. Every spring we bring in bees to pollinate our fruit trees. Our first delivery of beehives came over the weekend. They were brought into the cherry orchard first because we anticipate the 12 varieties of sweet and sour cherries there will be in bloom next week. In May, the bees will be moved to pollinate our apple trees. Our beekeeper brings them in at night and leaves them in the orchards and field during the day to do their work. We also keep several hives on the farm all year round for our strawberries, melons and other flowering crops that need pollinating.
While we are producing all year long, spring vegetables get us off to a great start. After the winter, our own asparagus, spinach, radishes, carrots and fresh herbs are all welcome additions to our customers’ plates. In a few weeks the field will be open for pick-your-own asparagus. People coming to pick their own can’t believe how easy it is to snap off the tender stalks to harvest. The asparagus season lasts over a month. Strawberries will be ready for picking in May. Depending on weather, strawberry season lasts 2-3 weeks. Picking plump, scarlet strawberries is a wonderful family activity.
To be notified of harvest time and picking updates, sign up for our E-mail Newsletter at www.terhuneorchards.com and follow Terhune Orchards on Facebook and Instagram. You can also put your name and phone number on a call list to be notified.
This is such an exciting time of year to visit the farm. We are currently booking school tours, children’s birthday parties and corporate events. For more information, email email@example.com or call Tannwen at 609-924-2310.
Find our produce at the farm store daily and at these local farmers markets in April.
West Windsor Community Farmers Market final indoor market of the season. April 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.,Windsor Athletic Club, 99 Clarksville Rd, Princeton Junction.
Princeton University Market, April 13, 20, 27, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.,Firestone/Chapel Plaza, Princeton.
Princeton Farmers Market, April 21, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton
Trenton Farmers Market, Fridays – Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., 960 Spruce Street, Lawrence Township