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What We Grow - From A(rugula) TO Z(ucchini)
Terhune Orchards grows over 35 different varieties of extraordinarily fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables available for you this summer! We start with berries and cherries in the spring and go all the way to the first frost with apples, pumpkins, and squash.
Our vegetables are grown according to the rules of crop rotation. At Terhune Orchards, Gary keeps records detailing where and when each variety is planted. By regularly changing the variety of plantings in each field, Gary guards against nutrient depletion and reduces the use of fertilizers and pesticides. This helps to ensure that Terhune Orchards produce has the best flavor, color, and size.
Gary also experiments with different varieties of a vegetable. Each year he replants several varieties successfully grown in the past, some newer ones, and test-grows a few others. Gary carefully monitors the experimental varieties to determine whether they grow well in central New Jersey and whether they have a flavor and appearance appealing to Terhune Orchards customers. In fact, some of the varieties growing here were first requested by our customers.
This year, Gary is experimenting with varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes. The seeds for these tomatoes are usually handed down from one family member to another for several generations - at least for 50 years or more. They have survived the test of time and produced lots of tomatoes that are especially flavorful. Now, these seeds are available from commercial sources.
The difference between heirloom and supermarket tomatoes is basic. Today's supermarket tomatoes have been bred with thick skins less likely to bruise and will ripen all at the same time to simplify harvesting. Many feel that flavor is also an issue.
Each heirloom variety has a store that's also been handed down from one generation to another, some for hundreds of years. The oldest tomato grown for market sale is called "Moneymaker," an English variety about 300 years old.
Gary is especially interest in your opinion of the heirloom tomatoes available in the Farm Store this summer. Let him know which ones you like best and why.
The heirloom tomatoes are being planted in much the same way as Terhune Orchards' cherry tomatoes - on tall stakes. These stakes keep the tomatoes off the ground, which protects the tomatoes throughout the growing season.
Because we pick only enough produce for each day, we can offer our customers the freshest, tastiest product possible. As you might imagine, it's always a challenge to determine just the right amount to plant on different days so that each variety matures over the course of several weeks rather than on the same day!
Fresh Terhune Orchards apples are available all year long thanks to special controlled atmosphere storage that keeps apples. Produce from Terhune Orchards is available beginning in May with asparagus through December with brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and collard greens. Visit our crop chart to see when to expect your favorite fruit or vegetable.