Having an operation in the suburbs presents a unique environment
SAYREVILLE — What is the one good thing about farming in an area surrounded by three major highways and busy Bordentown Avenue on the border of South Amboy and Sayreville? There’s not too many deer around, farmer-owner Jim Dieker said.
“The deer are all on the other side of the parkway. It’s hard for them to get across 12 lanes of traffic. But some of them are starting to learn that you can walk up through the church driveway and walk under the bridges,” he said, laughing. “I can see them coming, so I’m ready for them.”
He said he’s been able to keep the groundhogs in check, and he doesn’t get many people walking onto his property, surrounded as it is by major roadways and private homes with yards.
One thing that stands out about Dieker’s always busy farm stand is the parking area — enough for eight to 10 cars to park comfortably off Bordentown Avenue — and the great signage he uses to his advantage.
“I hate to admit it,” he said on his front porch, “but the Facebook page has brought a lot more customers in.”
Brothers Jacob and Rigo Cruz are in their 15th year as foremen working with Dieker.
In tending to vegetable fields, which include blackberries and strawberries, the Cruz brothers and Dieker regularly drive farm equipment as needed about 2,000 yards through some suburban streets to get to the other growing field of about seven acres.
Neighbors are used to farm vehicles on their streets Rigo said. Bird nets cover vines of blackberries and bee hives are located in both fields.
Dieker’s Farm Market is open from mid-May to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
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