DiMeo Fruit Farm Market in The Press of Atlantic City

Our DiMeo Farm Market Stand was just featured in The Press of Atlantic City as shown here with photo and May 2010 article. Visit this old fashioned Hammonton farm market on Middle Road in Hammonton.

Many families that bought blueberry plants from DiMeo Blueberry Farms are now selling up to 30 large pints of fresh blueberries, or $75 worth of nickel size blueberries off of just one (1) mature blueberry bush. A gross income of about $18,000 per acre of mature blueberries is common. Our SUPER-HARDY BLUEBERRY PLANTS thrive in summer heat over 110+F and are winter hardy to minus (-)40 F, and will keep producing sweet blueberries for up to 30 years.

When you ORDER PREMIUM 3 YEAR-OLD BLUEBERRY PLANTS NOW from DiMeo Blueberry Farms, our family will hand-dig each and every SUPER-HARDY blueberry plant from our natural blueberry plant Garden Center. Here is Michael DiMeo, Jr. (now 80 years-old) hand-digging a premium blueberry plant in November for one of our customers:

Michael DiMeo, Jr digging up a blueberry plant for a customer

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DiMeo Blueberry Farms History: Humble Beginnings

The various DiMeo family farms can trace their roots back to around the year 1895 when then Italian immigrant Michael DiMeo came over from Sulmona, Italy. He originally settled in Providence, Rhode Island. After starting DiMeo Farms along with his brothers in the Providence region, he decided to go out in search of premium farmland that was of a higher quality without as many rocks. He took a simple job on the Pennsylvania Railroad to earn the money to travel and one day he discovered Hammonton, New Jersey.

He liked the small town of Hammonton and it’s central location to New York, Philadelphia and Atlantic City, but most of all, he was liked the quality of soil and the community.

Michael DiMeo then purchased approximately 35 acres of farmland in Hammonton. He started the family farming operation with only a small blueberry field behind his house and worked out of a little self-made barn. The original DiMeo farm raised blueberries, raspberries, sweet potatoes, and blackberries. Mr. DiMeo eventually evolved it into a much larger family farm as the DiMeo’s purchased more farmland during the depths of The Great Depression. Photoed below are Anthony DiMeo, Sr. (far right) and his helpers planting old fashioned yams in hotbeds back in the 1950s. They were making more plants out of secondary potatoes:

Michael DiMeo eventually passed the family farm over to his sons, Anthony DiMeo, Sr., Michael DiMeo, Jr., and William DiMeo, who slowly changed the farms operations to exclusively produce blueberries, premium blueberry plants, and large hardy blueberry bushes.

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History of Farmer Anthony DiMeo Sr. of DiMeo Fruit Farms & Berry Plant Garden Center

Anthony “Tony” DiMeo, Sr. began planting hundreds of acres of premium blueberry plants back in the early 1940s. He started out with only about 500 blueberry plants. Over the many decades, Anthony DiMeo, Sr. and his hard working brothers, including Frank DiMeo and Michael DiMeo, Jr. built a strong network of successful blueberry farms that today farms millions of hardy premium blueberry plants and encompasses over 1000 acres of blueberries in the Southern New Jersey Pinelands Region.

Anthony DiMeo, Sr. retired when he was 86 years-old but worked hard on the family farm until almost 90 years-old. He dedicated his entire life to passionately working the family fruit farm as a proud American farmer. His entire life was the farm. He traveled very little but accomplished so much as he grew the family farm with every day of hard work and daily sacrifice. He depended on the farm to provide for the entire family, and it always did, and still does. His idea of farming was quite simple: grow only the finest blueberries and premium blueberry plants and sell at a fair price. Here is a photo of old fashioned blueberry packing line with the antique wooden crates shown and high school girls packing blueberries in the summer:

Mr. DiMeo was active in local charity auctions, and he gave to the less fortunate. Back in the 60s, when the DiMeo’s grew a couple fields of “pick your own” strawberries, Mr. DiMeo (second from left), along with another farmer auctioned off his strawberry production for charity:

Mr. DiMeo, Sr. ran one of the DiMeo family farms for over 60 years. He is also past president of the Cooperative Fruit Auction Association.

He and his wife of 62 years, Mildred Monzo DiMeo, have three children and many grandchildren. The DiMeo farming family has quite an impressive longevity, as DiMeo Sr’s mother Nancy DiMeo lived until she was 98 years old. His great-aunt Concetta lived until she was 101 years old. His older brother Joseph DiMeo lived until he was 100 years old. The DiMeo’s trust their longevity to healthy living on the family farm to eating only fresh self-grown fruits & vegetables that are safe and pesticide free.

Visit DiMeo Blueberry Farms & Berry Plant Garden Center now: www.DiMeoFarms.com for more details. Call them now at: (609) 561-5905

 

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