DiMeo's know blueberries. The DiMeo Blueberry Farms & Blueberry Plants Garden Center in New Jersey is run by fourth generation blueberry farmers. The DiMeo family, as a whole, owns several of thelargest blueberry farms in America, that (with all acreage owned by many different DiMeo family members, all combined) totals over 1,000 acres of DiMeo family-ownedblueberry farms in Hammonton, New Jersey. We can teach you how to grow your own healthy blueberries with Heirloom blueberry bushes as well as other productive and popular blueberry varieties. CALL DIMEO FARMS NOW: (609) 561-5905to get a quick quote on mail order PESTICIDE-FREE blueberry plants or pick-up BIG bearing-size 3 year-old blueberry bushes at our family blueberry farm for Only $10. DiMeo's Blueberry Farm has over 53,500 LIKES on Facebook with happy customers all across America.Come grow your own healthy berries with DiMeo blueberry plants. Below is our family's long history in the blueberry industry and some of the children's charities we support. DiMeo Farms believes in giving back.
The original DiMeo family blueberry farms wereestablished over 105 years ago around the year 1910 by Michael DiMeo, the father of Anthony DiMeo, Sr. Michael came to America with his two brothers Salvatore DiMeo and Nicholas DiMeo. The three brothers were raised as hard working family farmers in Sulmona, Italy (located only about 1 hour and 30 mins East of Rome) and came over to America with little more than about $5 dollars in their pockets and the clothes on their back. Michael DiMeo's sons, Frank DiMeo, Anthony DiMeo, Sr., Michael DiMeo and William DiMeo worked relentlessly hard their entire lives to plant blueberries on all the DiMeo family blueberry farms. Below is 84 year-old M. DiMeo, Sr.(son of Frank DiMeo) who checked almost every single blueberry pint at Wharton packing house, as the filled blueberry pints fly out of the A & B blueberry packing machine jointly owned by fourth generation blueberry farmer, A. DiMeo and third generation blueberry farmer Michael DiMeo, Sr.
Our DiMeo family berry farm blueberry pint logo is a HEART of blueberries because we LOVE growing blueberries, keeping our customers healthy with blueberries and we love our customers. We are proud to be a family blueberry farm and encourage people all across America to not only buy 100% American-made products, but to buy direct from American farmers. Let's keep more of our money right here in America and support one another not only in business, but also in encouraging healthy living and eating healthier. At DiMeo's Blueberry Farms we care about growing better tasting blueberries and selling healthy blueberries and BIG bearing-size $10 blueberry bushes direct to the public at a lower price and higher quality than any big box stores. If you invest in growing your own blueberries at home, just think of all the money you can save in your lifetime with mature blueberry bushes than can yield loads of fresh blueberries for up to 30 years or more. Look at our PESTICIDE-FREE berries.
DiMeo's Picking New Jersey Blueberries in Season
Many of the DiMeo's still use hand picking blueberries to harvest the annual Summer blueberry crop, but toward the end of each New Jersey blueberry season, blueberry farmers can use blueberry picking machines to harvest the very last blueberry harvest.Watch the video below of a third generation DiMeo blueberry farmer operating one of the IBF older BEI blueberry picking machines as he picks the very last blueberry picking. These blueberry harvesters can reduce blueberry farmer picking costs to around .25 cents per blueberry crate instead of having to pay migrant blueberry pickers up to $4.00 for every single berry crate, to hand pick the blueberries during the long extended Summer blueberry picking season. Running this blueberry harvester machine may look easy, but the farmer can't take his eyes off the blueberry rows for a second, or he risks ripping out blueberry bush roots or breaking the expensive blueberry harvester. The new Oxbo blueberry harvesters sell for up to $180,000.
DiMeo's Blueberry Farm is a professional grower of blueberry plants, bearing-size blueberry bushes for sale in New Jersey. We sell the same big blueberry bushes that our expert blueberry growers plant to increase blueberry production yields.OurCERTIFIED virus and disease-free, ultra-heavy bearing blueberry plants are likely BIGGER blueberry plants, healthier and dug just hours before shipping. That's why our vigorous DiMeo blueberry plants can grow blueberries faster, establish big root systems quicker and bear larger blueberries to fill more pints of berries for you to sell. DiMeo is a REAL blueberry growing EXPERTwho was contracted by even publicly traded companies as an expert blueberry consultant and paid a $5,000 a month retainer, under a multi-year contract, just for Mr. DiMeo to provide guidance with their projects. DiMeo Farms sells blueberry plants direct to home blueberry gardeners, edible landscapers, blueberry plant retailers and wholesalers, fruit wineries, u-pick blueberry farms and wholesale blueberry growers all across America. Even the New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, Douglas Fisher bought his blueberry plants from DiMeo Farms. He said they look beautiful and he thanked one the DiMeo farmer and Helene at the Hammonton blueberry festival for doing a great job.
DiMeo Farms Gives Back
The DiMeo blueberry farming family and it's blueberry farmers believe in giving back, so when kids came knocking at our door and needed a sponsor, we proudly sponsored the DiMeo Blueberries youth soccer team. If you have a children's non-profit group, just let us know because at the end of every blueberries or blueberry plants planting season, we always try to "share the harvest" with supporting a good cause that benefits children. We believe in the importance of giving back and sharing our success with others. These kids learned about the importance of eating healthier and the amazing health benefits of blueberries. We also gave a presentation on "know your farmer" and "know your food" and where it comes from. The kids also loved great-grandpop DiMeo's corn crib. We told them the story about how he dried out corn on the cob and used it to feed all the free-range chickens on the farm.
This past year, in 2015, DiMeo Farms generously supported the Police Unity Tour which raises awareness for law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Ironically, the gentleman standing on the far right in this photo with the "Boston" shirt is a young police officer who was shot in the line of duty. He took time off to coach the DiMeo Blueberries soccer team during his recovery. One of the causes that DiMeo Farms would like to support is combating childhood obesity with eating fresh berries and to help children make healthier eating choices. Getting kids to appreciate farm fresh healthy foods, instead of fast food. DiMeo Farms believes that one of the best ways to combat childhood obesity is to give children healthy fresh locally grown berries at their school or day-camps, and make it free.
When a phone call came in from a child program counselor in the city who told us about her youth group of troubled children who needed to learn the value of hard day's work on a family farm and to also learn about eating better and healthy living, fourth generation farmer Anthony DiMeo III made time to spend with the kids. He included a brief tour of the DiMeo farm and a motivational discussion on "setting life goals and working hard to achieve them." He also gave each of them a free blueberry bush to take home to their families in the Camden and Philadelphia regions. If you have a children's program and would like us to host a farm visit that may include a brief walking tour of our New Jersey blueberry farm and agri-tourism farm then give us a call: (609) 561-5905 and we will check our farmer's schedule for availability. This was another beautiful day at DiMeo Farms in Hammonton.
We often try to let children's groups pick blueberries for free at our blueberries farm in NJ. This children's learning center was teaching the kids where berries come from and about growing their own healthy berries at home, so when the talk turned to "blueberries" only one name came to mind, DiMeo Farms. They called us and it was a pleasure to let the kids pick blueberries all morning long. The adorable kids had such a great time picking blueberries and we took time to talk with them about the health benefits of blueberries and why they should eat fresh berries every day, instead of fast food and junk food. This is where it all starts, with children making better eating choices, and with parents reinforcing it at home. If you would like to book a DiMeo Farm blueberry field trip call us: (609) 561-5905 for details and we will look at our fruit farm schedule to see if we can fit you in. We can book up quickly so call as soon as possible to schedule and discuss all the details. Adequate number of chaperones required.
DiMeo Farms has also donated lots of fruit bearing bushes to our local school districts for their school gardens and we often have many charity bike tours that run through our area. Lots of the charity bike race participants often stop after the race or tour to tell us what a beautiful farm operation we have. These ladies stopped to show their support for our family farm and congratulate Mr. DiMeo for supporting the local community.
Appreciating Maximino's 30 Years of Work
81 year-old Maximino Guzman, a migrant farm worker who worked for Grandpop DiMeo at our family's blueberry farm for close to 30 years, came into our lives once again. One Sunday afternoon, his daughter called DiMeo and said they were on their way, driving down to the DiMeo farm. She said her father, Maximino was sick with cancer and he wanted to "walk the DiMeo farm just one more time" while he still could. He was greeted by Mr. DiMeo's grandson, Anthony DiMeo III who took the time to walk the frail Maximino around DiMeo's farm and listened to his stories about working with Grandpop DiMeo all those years. His daughter translated his words to English. When Maximino saw Grandpop DiMeo's old truck parked along our blueberry nursery, he began to cry and went to sit on the truck tailgate. Then, Anthony sat next to him for this great picture. Maximino is a good man. It was a pleasure to spend that Sunday afternoon with him listening to his stories about his almost 30 years working for the DiMeo family. God bless Maximino Guzman. On behalf of Granpop DiMeo, we send our love and appreciation for his decades of hard work planting many acres of blueberries plants for Grandpop DiMeo.
"I FEEL ALIVE AND HAPPY HERE"said a teary eyed, 81 year-old Maximino Guzman, who worked for Grandpop DiMeo for almost 30 years. He picked in the old DiMeo blueberry field photoed below. He walked the blueberry fields with his granddaughter with tears in his eyes and a smile on his face. He said how it was hard work planting blueberries plants on the farm and that Grandpop DiMeo was a hard worker, but a good man to work for all those years. He said how much he respected Grandpop DiMeo, even though he was tough. Maximino also said that he was happy to see the DiMeo family's decades of hard work paying off with healthy blueberries now in high demand. He said, at the time, he couldn't find a job, so he went to Grandpop DiMeo who hired him and gave him a free place to live on the DiMeo farm and he was thankful that Grandpop DiMeo never charged him any money for rent, heat, electric or utilities for all those years. He said that allowed him to save money to support his entire family.
DiMeo Family Celebrates 100th Birthday
The DiMeo blueberry farming family has been blessed with impressive life longevity. It must be because they ate healthy blueberries and a single glass of homemade Italian wine at lunch and dinner every single day. Anthony DiMeo, Sr's mother, Nancy DiMeo lived until she was 98 years-old. His aunt (Nancy DiMeo's sister, Concetta) lived until she was 101 years-old. His older brother Joseph DiMeo, Sr. who was born and raised on the DiMeo family berry farms in New Jersey, lived to almost 101 years old. Grandmom Mildred "Millie" DiMeo lived to 97 years old. There is something to be said about most of the DiMeo's living well into their 90s and beyond 100 years-old. Healthy living on the family farm and eating locally grown berries, fruits and vegetables likely played a role. Watch the below video as the DiMeo family celebrated Joseph DiMeo's 100th birthday on the below memorable DiMeo family day together in Hammonton, New Jersey. God bless Uncle Joe. Watch him sing along with everyone.
Conservation & Forest Preservation at DiMeo Farms
At DiMeo Blueberries Plants Gardening Center & Farm, we feel good about giving back to the land since it has been so good to us over the years. So we started planting all types of red cedar trees along our blueberry farm fields in New Jersey. Along the wetlands areas, along the Hammonton Creek, we planted thousands of dollars in rare Atlantic White Cedar trees and along the highlands we planted other types of red cedar trees to keep the forest healthy. Yes, we love to see you planting blueberry bushes from our blueberry trees farm, but let's not forget about the trees. DiMeo Farms believes that we need to conserve our forests and keep them keep growing to protect our environment. Especially with all the new building and home developments being built these days. We all need to protect the land for future generations. These guys actually volunteered to help us with our annual tree planting.
DiMeo Blueberry Farming History
Our DiMeo blueberry farm can trace its family history back to over 105 years ago, to around the year 1910 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 a successful DiMeo farm and roadside farm market in the Providence area, Salvatore later decided to head up to Bridgewater, Massachusetts and started growing raspberries. He became one of the biggest raspberry farms and growers in America. But, his brother, Michael DiMeo decided to head down to Southern New Jersey in search of higher quality farm land "without as many rocks" that would often break his farm tractor implements. He took a simple job on the Pennsylvania Railroad to earn money to travel, then one day he discovered Hammonton, New Jersey. He liked the small town of Hammonton and it's central location to New York City and Philadelphia. Michael DiMeo then purchased about 35 acres of farm land in Hammonton. He started theDiMeo family farmwith just a little blueberry patch behind his farm house. Here is a photo of him proudly standing in his first patch of blueberries in New Jersey.
The original DiMeo Berry Farms grew blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, butternut squash, apples, peaches, pumpkins, old fashioned yams and even sweet potatoes for many years. Mr. DiMeo eventually built it up into a much larger family farm as theDiMeo's continued investing in farm land duringThe Great Depression. They invested every penny they had in buying lots of farm properties. Photoed below is the son of Michael DiMeo, second generation blueberry farmer Anthony DiMeo, Sr. who stands proudly with the DiMeo family farm horse that he used to plow up the family's blueberry nursery to plant blueberries at his fathers farm, later to be passed down to him and his brothers, Michael and William DiMeo. All of who worked hard and devoted their entire lives to buy, develop, grow and build the various family berry farms that now carry forward their old fashioned berry farming methods. They were hard workers and visionaries. Even though they were not well educated,they were smart businessmen and amazing berry farmers. They knew how to grow the best tasting berries, take them to market and sell at a fair price. They truly loved farming and always put the farm first.
Michael DiMeo turned the DiMeo family farms over to his three sons, Anthony DiMeo, Sr., Michael DiMeo, Jr. and William DiMeo, who slowly converted the entire DiMeo family farm operations to exclusively grow blueberries, blueberry plants and large blueberry bushes. Anthony DiMeo, Sr. began planting hundreds of acres of hardy blueberry bushes back in the 1940s. He started out with only 500 blueberry plants. Over the decades, Anthony DiMeo, Sr. and his brothers, including Frank DiMeo, Michael DiMeo, Jr., and William DiMeo built their own successful DiMeo-owned blueberry farms that today, through much sacrifice, have achieved great success. The DiMeo's have made a lifetime of investment, including Anthony DiMeo, Sr., who worked his entire life to buy, develop, build and grow the various DiMeo farms in Hammonton. Farming was his life. It's what he loved to do most. He was up every morning at 5am and was excited to get back into the field with his farm workers. He worked hard on the farm, saved his money and made the right investment by "betting the farm" on growing blueberries.
Grandpop DiMeo Invests In Planting Blueberries
Second generation DiMeo blueberry farmer, Anthony DiMeo, Sr. retired when he was 86 years-old, but still worked on his farm until he was almost 90 years old. He devoted his entire life to passionately building, growing and working the DiMeo Family Fruit Farms as a proud American farmer. His entire life was the farm. He traveled very little throughout his life, but he accomplished so much, as he grew the operation 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 all-natural berries was quite simple, grow the finest blueberries and BIG bearing-size blueberry plants and sell at a fair price. Some might say that Mr. DiMeo sold more blueberry bushes than anyone in America during his time. He also was an expert at growing blueberries and all the blueberry pickers came in from New York City and South Philadelphia during the Summer to pick DiMeo blueberries in season at his blueberry farm. Here are some of the original blueberry pickingtickets that were issued to Tony DiMeo's blueberry pickers almost 100 years ago. To earn one of these tickets meant lots of hard work, but it fed many then, poor Italian-immigrant families from Philadelphia and New York City.
Grandpop DiMeo Remembers Hard, But Good Times
Farmer Anthony DiMeo, Sr. remembers his mother Nancy DiMeo making loaves of fresh Italian bread all the time. His parents always had the kids eat lots of bread to "keep their bellies full" when money was tight. In the Fall season, they would dig up all the cabbage and replant it by the house. They would cut down the corn and use the corn fodder to cover the buried cabbage and bury it a couple feet deep underground to keep it from freezing in the winter. The soft part of the corn husks were used to stuff or repair their sleeping mattress. Earning only $5.00 per week, working 15 hour days, 6 days a week on the DiMeo family farms in New Jersey. Every Sunday, the DiMeo family would take a day of rest and walk to church and back. Every child went to church and they all went as a family. After he married grandmom Mildred "Millie" DiMeo, they would still go to church every Sunday, and then they would take a walk on the family berry farm. Here is a photo of Tony and Millie standing on the children's swings behind the DiMeo family blueberry farms in Hammonton, New Jersey.
In the Winter, the DiMeo family slept downstairs in the farm house. They literally sealed off the upstairs to store meat because it was so cold up there. It took too much wood to heat the entire house. The DiMeo homestead had only one wood stove and it was the only heat in the house. His mother Nancy DiMeo would pile up bricks on the stove to heat them up after dinner and then when each child went to bed, she would put a brick at their feet with a blanket tent around it. It was just enough heat to keep their feet warm until they fell asleep. Grandpop DiMeo said that if he took a glass of water to bed, in the morning the water would sometimes be frozen solid. At Christmas, each kid would get a pair of socks, one banana, a small orange and an apple.He remembers his mother saying "when you have a good time with someone, you never have enough time." He said, back then, people were different. There were few arguments, everyone was happy and they would help one another. They were poor, but happy.
Future of Blueberry Farming Profits
New Generation Blueberry Farmers. Old Generation Family Values.
The grandchildren of Mr. & Mrs. Anthony DiMeo, Sr., now make up some of the fourth generation of the DiMeo blueberry farmingfamily in Hammonton, New Jersey. Several of the DiMeo grandsons now continue their grandfathers and great-grandfathers legacy of growing blueberries in New Jersey, as well as the sale of locally grown blueberries, bearing-size blueberry plants and large mature blueberry bushes. The old fashioned blueberry farming practices and techniques of the DiMeo family have passed down from the first to the fourth generation of American farmers. This photo below is third generation DiMeo blueberry farmer, Anthony DiMeo, Jr. when he started teaching his first son, Anthony DiMeo III how to drive farm tractors and how to be a farmer. Anthony DiMeo III, along with his brothers and other members of the family, now carry forward the 105 year-old DiMeo family blueberry farming legacy started back in 1910 by great-grandpop DiMeo in Hammonton, New Jersey.
Below is a photo of Anthony back on a Massey Ferguson farm tractor again, but this time, all grown up and continuing the 105 year-old DiMeo blueberry farming legacy of growing the best tasting blueberries and blueberry plants in America. Grandpop DiMeo's pick-up truck is also in this photo because Anthony DiMeo, Sr. was also a part of this photo shoot for a media publication which did a feature story on the DiMeo family blueberry farms in New Jersey that passed on from generation to generation of New Jersey blueberry growers working hard on the berry farm raising blueberries and BIG bearing-size blueberry bushes direct from professional blueberry growers. CALL NOW: (609) 561-5905 to ask questions about buying blueberries plants or blueberry bushes ready to fruit this Summer.
When growing blueberries, DiMeo Farms tries to focus not only on growing the largest blueberries but, the best tasting PESTICIDE-FREE blueberry plant varieties. We seek a healthy blueberry that has a nice size, good taste and an overall great blueberry flavor. Blueberries that are picked for fresh and frozen markets are often immediately taken to a blueberry packing area and can be shipped all over the world. Our large DiMeo blueberries fill lots of berry pints and 12 pint blueberry crates, making our DiMeo blueberry plant customers successful with maybe the best blueberry yields per acre. Here are EXPERT blueberry farmers, almost 90 year-old Anthony DiMeo, Sr. and his grandson, Anthony DiMeo III checking mature blueberry bushes about to bloom in Hammonton blueberry fields. Anthony worked with his grandfather since he was just 12 years old, and trained in all areas of blueberry farming.
Sometimes home gardener blueberry plants customers drive (or fly) out to visit our DiMeo family blueberry farmand buy BIG bearing-size $10 blueberry plants for sale blueberry farmer-direct from our blueberry bush garden center New Jersey. They sometimes got an opportunity to take a quick visit of one of the DiMeo family's blueberrypacking houses. Below are two of our happy DiMeo Farms blueberry plant customers (mother and daughter) who drove hours, down from upstate New York to visit our blueberry plants gardening center and buy BIG bearing-size big 3 year old $10 blueberries bushes to start their own little pick your own blueberry farms in New York. During their brief DiMeo customer visit, they got a closer look at DiMeo blueberries on one of the blueberry packing machine inspection belts in Hammonton, New Jersey. We can even teach you about packing blueberries as our fourth generation blueberry farmer has successfully worked in building a successful new blueberry packing house along with his family members, as his business partners. If you need to buy any blueberry packing equipment, we have the right connections to get you the lowest pricing on all types of machineryfor blueberry processing. We have all the contacts in the blueberry industry.
DiMeo Farms hopes to help you discover sustainable healthy berries, blueberries and other super healthy berries with health benefits such as Aronia black chokeberries. We can give you blueberry growing tips, sell you old blueberry farm antiques such as our old wooden farm crates or boxes; and safe home grown blueberry farming techniques. We often try to find inspiring ways to celebrate the farming spirit at your home just like these happy DiMeo Blueberry Farms customers did when they came to visit our New Jersey blueberry farm in Hammonton. We greatly appreciate your business and invite you to visit our operation (by appointment only)so we can show you our higher quality, BIG bearing-size blueberry bushes on sale for only $10. Our operation is simply immaculate, clean and gorgeous in every way. It's no wonder so many couples want to get married on a farm, our farm that also serves as a country farm wedding location in New Jersey. Discover the DIMEO DIFFERENCE.
"Growing blueberries and caring for blueberry plants the old fashioned way is something I have done since both my grandfather and father started teaching me when I was just a boy. It's an honor to carry forward my family's blueberry growing legacy of using old fashioned blueberry farmingmethods."
"Legacy of Growing Blueberries" magazine article that features fourth generation blueberry farmer Anthony DiMeo III and his hard work to carry forward the American blueberry growing legacy his grandfather and great-grandfather started over 105 years ago, with DiMeo's U-Pick Blueberry Farms in New Jersey, which will offer blueberry picking as well as serve as a rustic farm barn wedding venue location in New Jersey. He intends to host private farm events, corporate retreats, family reunions at the farm, outdoor yoga classes and other special events at the DiMeo family blueberry farms in Hammonton. All events are intended to enhance and promote the agricultural output of his family farm, promoting both New Jersey blueberries and blueberry plants. Wecan teach our blueberry farm customers for FREE and can coach them on how to establish their very own pick your own blueberry farm or agritourism farm in their community, once they become a berry plants customer. CALL NOW: (609) 561-5905 so we can teach you how to care for blueberries and get into the high demand blueberry market.
We work hard on our New Jersey family farms to cultivate the best blueberries, bearing-size blueberry plants, large mature blueberry bushes, long-term happy DiMeo blueberry plants customers and EXPERT berry farmer solutions to optimize the success of our berry plant customers in NOT ONLY commercial blueberry fields, but home blueberry gardens, u-pick blueberry farms, fruit wineries, edible landscape designs or backyard blueberry gardening all across America. We also have raspberry bushes, thornless blackberry bushes, grape vines, yellow raspberry plants, cranberry bushes and aronia black chokeberry bushes which are the healthiest berries on the planet. You should really start eating more aronia berries in your daily diet for anti-oxidants and cancer-fighting properties.
Anthony DiMeo III and Helene of DiMeo's Wholesale Blueberry Plants Garden Center who generously sponsored the Hammonton Blueberry Festival. The blueberry festival in Hammonton can draw thousands of blueberry lovers every year. Our blueberries farm hashappy DiMeo Farms blueberry plant customers from all across Americawho drive (or fly) out to visit our family blueberry farms to meet with a DiMeo blueberry farmer. CALL DIMEO FARMS NOW: (609) 561-5905 to arrange a visit or book a rustic country barn wedding at our NJ farm wedding venue location which can give you original farm wedding ideas as we are the perfect farm wedding venue in New Jersey for you to host your country wedding surrounded by blueberry fields and in the heart of the New Jersey Pinelands forest region.