DiMeo's know blueberries. The DiMeo blueberry farming family, now in its fourth generation, owns and operates several of thelargest blueberry farms in the world, that (with all DiMeo-owned berry farms combined) total over 1,000 acres of family-owned blueberry farms and Non-GMO organic blueberry plant nurseries in "the blueberry capital of the world" Hammonton, New Jersey. The original DiMeo family berry farms were established around 1895 by Michael DiMeo, father of Anthony DiMeo, Sr., who immigrated from Sulmona, Italy (Abruzzo, Italia) with little more than $5 dollars in his pocket and the clothes on his back. His sons, Frank DiMeo, Anthony DiMeo, Sr., Michael DiMeo and William DiMeo worked for decades to plant blueberries on the DiMeo family blueberry farms.
The DiMeo's Harvesting Blueberries with Picking Machine
Many of the DiMeo's still use hand-picking blueberries to harvest the annual blueberry crop, but toward the end of blueberry season, they use blueberry picking machines to take off the last picking. WATCH VIDEO BELOW of third generation blueberry farmer Michael DiMeo, Jr. operating one of the blueberry picking machines at the end of blueberry picking season as he takes off the last picking of berries. These machines reduce blueberry farmer picking costs to about .26 cents per crate instead of paying migrant blueberry pickers up to $4.00 for each 12 pint, hand-picked blueberry crate during the long extended blueberry picking season. Running this machine may look easy, but Mike can't take his eyes off the blueberry row below or he will rip out blueberry bushes or damage the berry picking machine.
DiMeo Fruit Farms & Organic Berry Plant Nursery is an expert grower of blueberries, blueberry plants, large mature blueberry bushes and Non-GMO organic berry plants. We sell the same big blueberry bushes that expert blueberry growers plant for big blueberry production yields. Our certified virus-free, disease tested ultra-heavy bearing blueberry plants are BIGGER blueberry plants, healthier and maintained better prior to shipping than any others. That's why our vigorous DiMeo blueberry plants will grow blueberries faster, establish big root systems quicker and bear larger blueberries overall. The DiMeo farming family has been growing blueberries for over 100 years and four generations. DiMeo's are the REAL blueberry growing experts. We sell direct to home blueberry gardeners, edible landscapers, blueberry plant retailers, blueberry wineries, pick your own blueberry farms and wholesale blueberry growers across the world. No berry plant order is too big or too small for DiMeo Blueberry Farms. CALL NOW: (609) 561-5905 as we prefer a quick phone call instead of e-mails.
45 Year-Old DiMeo Blueberry Fields Being Spot Replanted
Our family has some blueberry fields over 50 years old. DiMeo blueberry plants live a very long time before losing productivity. WATCH VIDEO BELOW of second generation DiMeo blueberry farmer Michael DiMeo, Sr. (83 years old) replanting a field of old DiMeo blueberry bushes he planted 45 years ago. Mike decided to start replanting blueberries in his blueberry fields during early fall season after the blueberry harvest was finished. He loves working on the family blueberry farm. Just a few blueberry plants are removed, here and there depending on which blueberry bushes he feels need to be removed. He is not replanting the whole entire blueberry field, just spots here and there. This is done once a year to keep the blueberry acreage as productive as possible. You really don't need a machine like this unless you have many acres of blueberries that you need to plant. They are cheap to rent.
DiMeo Blueberry Farmer Consultant Services
With four generations of REAL DiMeo blueberry farming experience, you will be in good experienced hands as we teach you how to plant your own blueberry farms. Look at our DiMeo Facebook page here to see over 6,000 happy DiMeo berry plant customers and supporters, many who drove (or flew) in from all over the world. Not just to personally tour our DiMeo operation, but to learn how to grow blueberries and get fast production results from real blueberry experts. We take our DiMeo customers from blueberry planting steps A to Z. Of course we do not charge our blueberry plant customers, but if you are just looking for expert blueberry farmer consulting, we are your #1 choice. Give DiMeo a call now to discuss: (609) 561-5905 as we prefer phone call to e-mails. These many YouTube videos are just a small taste of the value we offer. You are in good hands with DiMeo.
Cultivating Blueberries with The DiMeo Method
Many of our DiMeo customers ask us how to cultivate blueberries using the best methods for both draining and working the blueberry soil to reduce weed growth and increase blueberry plant vigor. You also ask "what causes that ridge" the blueberry plants sit on, well here is the answer... over time, as the blueberry bushes grow, you go up and down the row in 2nd gear (high) and throw dirt up around the berry plants. Commercial blueberry growers use this special "side winder disk" once a year for cultivation along with other special blueberry farm impliments that we can tell you where to get at our prices. We not only have time tested blueberry farming and growing methods that work, but we can get you just about any equipment at our cost.
Pruning Blueberry Bushes After Blueberry Season
Our expert DiMeo blueberry farmer can even teach you how to prune blueberry bushes properly after blueberry harvest is completed. There is a method to trimming blueberry plants to make certain to increase both overall blueberry crop yield per acre but also maintain a strong blueberry bush growth that will produce more pounds of blueberries per acre. WATCH BELEOW VIDEO of the DiMeo's trimming blueberries in this video on how to care for blueberries after the annual blueberry harvest. Notice the 9' foot rows, so when the 6' foot brush hog goes down the row, it has a nice clearance on either side. Notice blueberry bushes are 2.5' foot apart:
Restoring Old Farm for Pick Your Own Organic Blueberry Farm
Look for new blueberry farm land for sale if you do not have existing farm blueberry land to grow blueberries. WATCH BELOW FARM LAND PREP VIDEO from the clearing of our new pick your own organic blueberry farms. Let an expert DiMeo blueberry farmer teach you how to start a new blueberry farm. We can teach you from step one, blueberry farm land clearing for growing blueberries to blueberry field soil amendment preperation. There are many ways to care for blueberries and to start planting blueberries with DiMeo's expert guidance. We restore old farms the old fashioned way. Let us teach you. If we ever have to knock down a tree, we plant 2 trees to replace it, and value our enviroment and reforestation programs.
Planting New Organic Blueberry Farms with The DiMeo's
As a DiMeo blueberry plant customer (no additional charge), we will guide you through proper blueberry farm land selection and teach you what to look for before you purchase new land for growing blueberries. We can even possibly send an expert DiMeo blueberry farmer out to consult with you on-site and guide you through each step of the new blueberry planting process. With an expert DiMeo blueberryfarmer, you are in the best hands. We just restored an old farm property to start a new pick your own blueberry farm and gorgeous new agritourism center as a model for our customers to learn from. We want you to be successful at growing your own blueberries. Let the DiMeo's teach you, step by step. WATCH VIDEO BELOW and see our DiMeo blueberry farming family cleaning a new blueberry farm property to be restored into successful pick your own organic blueberry farm with properly amended blueberry soils for higher blueberry production yield:
DiMeo's Re-Planting Old Blueberry Bushes
If you have an old blueberry farm and want to learn how to plant blueberries or how to replant blueberry bushes, we can teach you the right way to replant old blueberry fields. Most people don't know this, but if you read the fine print "replacing or replanting old blueberry bushes" falls under USDA Tree Assistance Program which means (if you qualify)they will pay you to replace old blueberry bushes on your property. For decades, our DiMeo family has been re-planting blueberries as the productive blueberry fields age. In the video below you will see our family re-planting blueberry plants for a 40 year-old blueberry farm field that needed to be replanted.Youmight be surprised just how hard Michael DiMeo "cuts back" his blueberry re-plants, but its the right way to do it. The new blueberry plants should be cut back for proper transplanting of blueberry plants to minimize transplant shock. WATCH VIDEO BELOW and listen to the old-fashioned DiMeo blueberry re-planting method using grub hoes. Notice not to plant blueberry bushes too deeply when planting blueberries or re-planting blueberry bushes like these shown on Michael DiMeo's old blueberry farm fields right after blueberry season was over:
Our American Farming History
DiMeo Family Farmers Humble Beginnings
The various DiMeo family berry farms can trace their roots back to around the year 1895 when then Italian immigrant Michael DiMeo came over from (Abruzzo) Sulmona, Italy. He and his two brothers, Salvatore DiMeo and Nicholas DiMeo originally settled in Providence, Rhode Island. After starting DiMeo Farms along with his brothers in the Providence region, he decided to leave in search of better quality farmland that was higher quality, without as many rocks. He took a simple job on the Pennsylvania Railroad to earn money to travel, and one day he discovered Hammonton, New Jersey. He liked the small quiet town of Hammonton and it's central location to New York City, Philadelphia and Atlantic City.
Michael DiMeo then purchased about 35 acres of farm land in Hammonton. He started the now largeDiMeo family farming operationwith just a small blueberry patch behind his farm house. He worked out of a little self-made wooden barn. The original DiMeo Farms raised fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, black diamonds, butternut squash, apples, peaches, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. Mr. DiMeo eventually built it into a larger family farm as theDiMeo's invested in more farm land duringthe depths ofThe Great Depression. Photoed below are 2nd generation farmer Anthony DiMeo, Sr. (far right laying on board) and his farm workers planting old fashioned white yams in hotbeds back 1950s. They were making sweet potato plants out of secondary potatoes because they couldn't afford to buy new plants. The DiMeo's have always been experts at making the best non-GMO plants the old fashioned way. The way our great-grandfathers did it.
"Our farming heritage is our future." - Second Generation Farmer, Michael DiMeo, Sr.
Michael DiMeo turned the DiMeo family farms over to his sons, Anthony DiMeo, Sr., Michael DiMeo, Jr. and William A. DiMeo, who slowly converted the entire DiMeo farm operations to exclusively produce fresh blueberries, ultra-premium blueberry plants and large mature blueberry bushes. Anthony DiMeo, Sr. began planting hundreds of acres of premium "ultra-heavy bearing" blueberry plants back in the early 1940s. He started out with only 500 blueberry plants. Over the many decades, Anthony DiMeo, Sr. and his brothers, including Frank DiMeo, Michael DiMeo, Jr., and William A. DiMeo built an impressive network of successful DiMeo-owned blueberry farms thattoday grows millions of hardy blueberry plants and (with all members of the DiMeo family and all various DiMeo family-owned farms combined) encompasses over 1000 acres of blueberries in the "blueberry captial of the world" Hammonton, New Jersey.
Anthony DiMeo, Sr. "A Local Berry Farming Legend"
"Knowyourfarmer and knowyourfood and where it comes from. Our DiMeo blueberries and DiMeo blueberry plants come from hard work in our blueberry fields. There is no better job than being a local farmer."- Anthony "Tony" DiMeo, Sr.
Second generation DiMeo berry farmer, Anthony DiMeo, Sr. retired when he was 86 but still worked hard on the DiMeo family berry farm until he was almost 90. He dedicated his entire life to passionately working the family fruit farms as a proud American farmer. His entire life was the DiMeo berry farm. He traveled very little in his life, but accomplished so much as he grew the family berry farms with every day of hard work and sacrifice. He depended on the farm to provide for the entire DiMeo family, and it always did. It still does to this day. His idea of farming fresh natural berries was quite simple: grow the finest berries including blueberries and blueberry plants and always sell at a fair price. Here is just an example of an old fashioned blueberry packing house in the 1960s with antique wooden vintage blueberry crates (just like the ones for sale here at DiMeo Farms) and local Hammonton high school girls packing fresh organic blueberries during the summer blueberry season. Back then, there was no Facebook, cell phones or texting, but just hard work. Which built real character and taught the true value of a hard days work to earn your own on a family owned berry farm:
The DiMeo berry farming family was often active in local charity auctions. As some of the local fruit farms often donated fresh berries and "fruits of their labor" to the less fortunate. Even back in the 1960s, when then the DiMeo's planted just a 20 acre field of pick your own strawberries, 2nd generation farmer Anthony DiMeo, Sr. (shown standing second from left), along with another local berry farmer, auctioned off their first picked berry crates of the season to benefit a localchildren's charity. As shown here in this old farmer's fruit auction block photo taken in Hammonton, New Jersey:
Second generation farmer Anthony DiMeo, Sr. ran one of the DiMeo family berry farms for over 60 years. He is past-president of the Cooperative Fruit Auction Association. He and his wife Mildred "Millie" DiMeo of 62 years, have three children, including Anthony DiMeo, Jr. and many grandchildren. Three of their grandchildren, including Anthony, Erik and Michael DiMeo now seperately carry on the fourth generation of the DiMeo family blueberry farming legacy. The DiMeo farming family has been blessed with impressive longevity. As Anthony DiMeo, Sr's mother, Nancy DiMeo lived until she was 98 years-old. His aunt (Nancy DiMeo's sister, Concetta Mancini) lived until she was 103 years-old. His older brother Joseph DiMeo, Sr. who was born and raised on the DiMeo family farm recently passed away at almost 101 years old. Watch the below video as our entire DiMeo family celelebrated his Joseph's 100th birthday on this memorable family day together:
The DiMeo berry farming family trusts their impressive longevity to healthy balanced living on the family berry farms. Eating only fresh home grown blueberries and other organic berries that are safeas well aspesticide free and chemical free berries from Non-GMO berry plants like the DiMeo family grows and sells. Getting away from GMO foods is a big first step in the right direction. Growing your own fresh berries including blueberries is knowing your food and where it comes from. But moreso knowing your safest, most reliable farmer, YOU. Instead of trusting what comes in from overseas.
The Future of Farming with DiMeo Fruit Farms
"New Generation Berry Farmers with Old Generation Values"
The grandchildren of Mr. & Mrs. Anthony DiMeo, Sr., including Anthony DiMeo III make up the fourth generation of the DiMeo blueberry farmingfamily in "the blueberry capital of the world" Hammonton, New Jersey. Several of the grandchildren intend to continue their grandfathers, and great-grandfathers passion for blueberry farming in America and production ofhigh-quality,ultra-premium blueberries, blueberry plants, large mature blueberry bushes and non-GMO blueberry plant nursery. The blueberry farming legacy in the DiMeo family has passed down from generation to generation. The fourth generation patriarchs of the DiMeo family,"America's first family ofblueberries", that continue both the family blueberry farming tradition and legacy in now modern times. WATCH BELOW VIDEO of second generation expert blueberry farmer Michael DiMeo, Sr. working with a fourth generation DiMeo farmer to prepare a blueberry plant order for one of our happy DiMeo wholesale blueberry plants customers at the nursery:
Years ago, the DiMeo family made blueberry boxes by hand in DiMeo blueberry packing houses that were full of local high school students who worked summers on the berry farm almost 12 hours a day for the entire summer. Back then, everything was made by hand, but today most things in the blueberry packing houses are all made by machine. Its amazing just how much things have changed. Check-out below video of the blueberry box maker that never gets tired of making blueberry boxes 24 hours a day for fresh market blueberries as well as frozen blueberries for sale by the pound. When the DiMeo grandchildren were teenagers, they and high school friends made these boxes all by hand:
Not to mention, look at the blueberry quality and large size of DiMeo freshly picked blueberries from one of the DiMeo family blueberry packing houses at IBF. This what 35,280 pounds of fresh blueberries look like as the blueberries come in from the DiMeo blueberry fields ready to be packed for fresh market. Notice how large the blueberries are -- this is another reason to buy blueberry plants from DiMeo, because you can see the quarter-size big blueberries our DiMeo blueberry plants produce. They fill lots of pints, and lots of blueberry crates, making all successful with large blueberry yields per acre:
Sometimes when our "home grower" blueberry plant customers drive out (or fly out) to tour our operation and buy blueberry plants direct from DiMeo Blueberry Farms & Organic Berry Plant Nurseries, they get the opportunity to take a quick tour of one of the DiMeo family's blueberrypacking houses. Here are two of our happy DiMeo berry plant customers (mother and daugher) who drove down from upsate New York to tour our blueberry plant nurseries and buy 50 bearing-size big blueberry plants to start a organic blueberry farm. During their private tour, they got a close look at the fresh DiMeo blueberries on one of the inspection belts in the real blueberry capital of the world:
"We hope to help you discover sustainable blueberry and other "super berry farming" including blueberry growing tips, nostalgic berry farm antiques, safe home-grown farming techniques and other inspiring ways to celebrate the farm spirit at your home just like these happy DiMeo Blueberry Farms customers did when they came to visit us."
"Farming blueberries and growing the best blueberry plants with my grandfather is something I grew up with. I am proud to continue as the fourth generation." -A. DiMeo III
"Lessons from the DiMeoFarm" newspaper article by fourth generation blueberry farmer Anthony DiMeo III of DiMeo Fruit Farms & Organic Berry Plant Nurseries who is often featured in the media along with his cousins and various DiMeo family members.
"We will always cultivate exceptional, Non-GMO ultra premium blueberry plants, long-term satisfied customer relationships and expert solutions to optimize the success of our berry plant customers in the blueberry field, home berry gardens or backyard berry gardens."
Anthony DiMeo III and Helene of DiMeo Fruit Farms & Organic Berry Plant Nurseries proudly sponsored The Annual Red, White & Blueberry Festival in Hammonton, New Jersey. The annual blueberry festival normally draws up to 15,000 blueberry lovers to "the blueberry captial of the world" Hammonton, New Jersey. Our family blueberry farm has countless happy blueberry plantcustomers like these, from all across America who drive out (or fly out) to tour our berry plant nursery operation, and to personally meet with a DiMeo blueberry farmer to buyultra-premium blueberry plants, raspberry plants, blackberry plants, aronia black chokeberry plants, thornless raspberry plants, thornless blackberry plants, cranberry plants, beach plum trees and other "super fruit" berry plants for only $10 each by DiMeo Fruit Farms & Organic Berry Bush Nurseries: www.DiMeoFarms.com