June 25, 2012 |
Blueberries reign for many Hammonton-area farmers, but for sisters Sharon Figueroa and Elizabeth Beebe, raspberries rule. "They're sweet, juicy, and we love them," Figueroa, 45, says. "But it's a lot of sweat out here. " Under Thursday's scorching sun, Figueroa, her four boys, and six of their cousins were hand-picking the organically grown crop. At Brookeberry Farms, where drip-irrigated rows of Carolina-variety raspberry bushes fill five lush acres on Wiltseys Mill Road, it's not even 8 a.m. and the temperature is already north of 80. "They ripen fast when it's this hot," says Figueroa, adroitly overseeing her all-boy brigade of pickers, who range in age from 9 to 18. "I back-pick them.
August 21, 2009 |
They're obscured in vast fields of leafy vines where they're slowly changing color from lighter hues to blush. Deeper reds will appear in a few weeks, just before the autumn harvest. Across historic Whitesbog in Burlington County and at 34 other New Jersey farms, cranberries are thriving. The state's production is expected to increase about 5 percent this year. That rosy forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture came this week as officials projected a 10 percent drop in the nation's cranberry output and a steady rise in worldwide demand.
June 19, 2016 |
Two farms in Montgomery County have just been preserved in perpetuity under an Agricultural Land Preservation Program, the county has announced. The farms, a 54-acre crop and horse operation in New Hanover Township, owned by George E. Leidig Jr. and Eleanor Vallone, and a 50-acre crop farm in Salford Township, owned by J. Ladaan and Anne D. Moyer, will continue be used as pasture or to produce food. To date 9,230 acres on 157 farms have been preserved in the county through the program, which purchases agricultural easements from the farms.
October 9, 1994 |
Crop art - the planting and plowing of crops in artistic patterns - has made the leap from agri-artistic oddity to tourist attraction in southern New York's Dutchess County. Through the end of this month, the county is promoting 14 examples of crop art on county farms and laying claim to the title of crop-art capital. The field art ranges in size from the 1/2-acre "Daisy the Cow" to the 18-acre "Green Apple With Worm. " Some of the patterns can be viewed from the ground; others are best seen from the air. One of the county's attractions is the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, from which biplane rides are offered.
July 21, 1998 |
As a prime crop of New Jersey peaches rolls into markets around the region, Gloucester County is preparing to showcase these fuzzy fruits that over the years have brought millions of agriculture dollars to the area. Along with several varieties of the fruit, peach lovers will find fresh peach ice cream and peach cobbler at the New Jersey Peach Festival in Mullica Hill Thursday through Sunday. "Peaches are a large commodity and large part of the community," said John Rigolizzo, president of the New Jersey Farm Bureau.
November 12, 1993 |
It was Reggie Beauchamp who thought up the idea of topping off the Billy Penn statue for a special event - and that was not the World Series. The year was 1952. The stunt was just one of many that Beauchamp, then director of special events for the Evening Bulletin, concocted to catch people's attention. He wanted to remind Philadelphians of Fire Prevention Week. So he enlisted a city engineer, and the two climbed up City Hall, to the brim of Penn's hat, and topped it with a nine-foot firefighter helmet.
March 12, 1989 |
The name has changed, and the methods are different. But the purpose remains the same. When the Octoraro Farmers' Club - named for the creek that flows through the area - was formed in 1856, the club's constitution outlined the purpose for its 15 members: "promoting our Agricultural Interests and Social Fellowship. " Today it's called by a somewhat more official-sounding name - the Octorara Young Farmers Association - since joining the Pennsylvania YFA 20 years ago. But it still follows the mandate set down 133 years ago: "Experiment with breeding, raising and feeding stock . . . make records of crop production and experiment with various kinds of fertilizer on all kinds of crops.
October 31, 1996 |
Robert De Niro and long-ago girlfriend Toukie Smith, reportedly bickering over custody arrangements for their year-old twin sons, may destroy whatever little friendship remains between them. The two were a couple on the New York scene for years, but had been estranged a good long time when De Niro and Smith decided to provide the test-tube essentials and have a surrogate mom bear them a child. Bob was expected to bow out of the picture after a child was conceived. But since the couple was presented with beautiful twin boys, Julian and Kendrick, a year ago, nobody wants to take a back seat.
July 22, 1988 |
With farmers' crops dying and their profits disappearing, the governors of New Jersey and Delaware yesterday asked the federal government to declare their states drought disaster areas. The declaration, if granted, would make qualified farmers eligible for low- interest loans to help offset their losses from the drought, which agriculture officials estimated would exceed $118 million in New Jersey and $37 million in Delaware. Pennsylvania officials continue to watch the state's dry conditions, monitoring twice-weekly crop reports, but have not asked for disaster assistance.
October 1, 1998 |
Clusters of apples hang heavy, ripening red and round here in Adams County, Pennsylvania's apple-growing heartland. They look good, and they taste good. The dry weather has made the sweet ones sweeter and the tart ones tarter. But, say apple experts in the nation's fifth-largest apple-producing state, there just aren't enough of them. Blame the cool, damp spring. The bees stayed home in late April and early May. And so, experts say, not enough apple blossoms were pollinated.