About DiMeo Farms
DiMeo Family Blueberry Farming History
DiMeo's know blueberries. Our roots run deep in the American blueberry industry. DiMeo Farms and Blueberry Plants Nursery in New Jersey is a fourth generation family blueberry farm that passionately continues our 103 year-old blueberry growing legacy. The DiMeo family (with all members and different farms combined) grows up to 1,000 acres of blueberry farms in the beautiful New Jersey Pinelands region. Call now (609) 561-5905 to get a fast Spring 2019 shipping quote for the best ultra-heavy bearing certified blueberry plants. We have over 88,000 likes on our Facebook page with happy customers from all across America. There is a reason why home gardeners choose to buy blueberry bushes farmer-direct from our family blueberry farm. High-quality, higher-yielding blueberry plants at the lowest prices, for growers of every size.
The original DiMeo family blueberry farms were established over 100 years ago by Michael DiMeo, the father of Anthony DiMeo, Sr. Michael came to America with his two brothers Salvatore and Nicholas DiMeo. The three brothers were raised as hard working Italian farmers in Sulmona, Italy, located in the Abruzzo region about 1 hour and 30 mins east of Rome. They had just a few dollars in their pocket and the clothes on their back. Michael DiMeo's sons, Frank DiMeo, Anthony DiMeo, Sr., Michael DiMeo, Jr. and William A. DiMeo worked hard their entire lives to invest in farmland and plant blueberries on the DiMeo family blueberry farms. Below is now 89 year-old third generation DiMeo blueberry farmer Mike DiMeo, Sr. checking packed blueberry pints.
Our DiMeo family berry farm blueberry pint logo is a heart of blueberries because we love growing blueberries, keeping our customers healthy with blueberries. We do love our customers and are proud to encourage people all across America to support American farmers. Now in 2019, the average American farmer is almost 60 years-old and about to retire without enough new young farmers to replace them. Actually, 53% of farmers in America say they do not have someone from the next generation to assume leadership of their farm operation. Mechanization is the next generation’s opportunity, as with our Wharton packing house which is a state-of-the-art and USDA Food Safety ready with the best blueberry packing machine co-owned by fourth generation blueberry farmer, A. DiMeo and third generation blueberry farmer M. DiMeo, Sr., who are just two family partners.
DiMeo's Picking New Jersey Blueberries in Season
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 pick the last blueberry harvest. Watch the video below of a third generation DiMeo blueberry farmer operating one of the IBF blueberry picking machines as he picks the last blueberry picking. These blueberry harvesters reduce blueberry farmer picking costs to around .50 cents per 12 pint blueberry crate instead of having to pay migrant farm labor workers up to $5.00 per blueberry crate to hand-pick the blueberries during the long extended summer blueberry picking season. Running this blueberry picking machine looks easy, but the farmer can't take his eyes off the blueberry row or he risks damaging blueberry bushes or machine.
DiMeo Farms is a long-time grower of blueberry plants, bearing-size blueberry bushes for sale in New Jersey. We sell the same big blueberry bushes that our expert blueberry farmer(s) plant to increase blueberry production yields. Our certified virus and disease-free, ultra-heavy bearing blueberry plants are bigger, 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. The DiMeo’s are long-time blueberry growing experts who are contracted by even publicly traded companies. DiMeo Farms sells smaller amounts of blueberry plants direct to home blueberry gardeners, edible landscapers, blueberry plant retailers and wholesalers, fruit wineries, u-pick blueberry farms and wholesale blueberry growers.
DiMeo Blueberry Family and Farming History
Our DiMeo blueberry farm can trace its family history back to around 1910 when Michael DiMeo came over from 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, Salvatore decided to move up to Bridgewater, Massachusetts and started farming raspberries. But, his brother, Michael DiMeo headed down to Southern New Jersey in search of farm land. He took a job on the railroad, then one day he discovered Hammonton, New Jersey. He liked the small town and it's central location to New York City and Philadelphia, so he purchased 35 acres of farmland. He started the DiMeo family blueberry farm with just a blueberry field behind his farm house. Here is a photo of Michael proudly standing in his first patch of blueberries in Hammonton, New Jersey.
The original DiMeo family farms grew blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. The DiMeo's continued investing in farm land during The Great Depression. They invested every penny they had in buying NJ 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 they used to plow up the family's blueberry plant nursery to plant blueberries on the farm. Later it was passed down to the three brothers, Anthony, Michael and William DiMeo. All 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. Even though they were not well-educated, they were smart businessmen and amazing berry farmers. They had a true passion for farming and always put the family 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 blueberry bushes back in the 1940s. Over the decades, Anthony and his brothers, Frank, Michael and William built successful DiMeo owned blueberry farms that today, through much sacrifice, have achieved great success. The DiMeo's 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 worked hard on the farm, saved his money and made the right investment in planting and 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 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. His idea of farming berries was simple, grow the best tasting blueberries and blueberry plants and sell at a fair price. Farmer DiMeo probably sold more blueberry plants than anyone else in America during his time. He was an expert at growing blueberries. Hundreds of blueberry pickers drove in from New York City and Philadelphia during the summer to pick DiMeo blueberries in season at his blueberry farm. Here are some original blueberry picking tickets that were handed out to Farmer DiMeo's blueberry pickers close to 100 years ago.
Grandpop DiMeo Remembers Hard, But Good Times
Farmer Anthony DiMeo, Sr. remembers his mother Annunziata “Nancy” DiMeo making loaves of fresh Italian bread. His parents asked the kids eat lots of bread to "keep their bellies full" when money was tight. During the fall season, at the end of blueberry harvest, they would dig up all the cabbage in their garden and replanted it by the farm house. They would cut down the corn stalks and use the corn fodder to cover the cabbage and bury it a couple feet deep underground to keep it from freezing during the winter. The soft part of the corn husks were used to stuff bed mattresses. Earning just $5.00 per week, working 15 hour days, 6 days/week on the farm. Every Sunday, the DiMeo family would take off for a day of rest and walk to church as a family.
During the winter, the DiMeo family slept downstairs in the old farm house. They sealed off the upstairs to store meat because it would get so cold up there. It took too much firewood to heat the entire house. The DiMeo homestead had only one wood stove and it was the only heat in the house. His mother would pile up bricks on the stove and heat them up after dinner. Then, when each child went to bed, she would put a brick at their feet with a blanket around it. It was just enough heat to keep their feet warm until they fell asleep. During the holiday, each child would get a pair of socks, banana, orange and an apple. He remembers his mother Nancy 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 Farmers. Old Generation Values.
The grandchildren of Mr. & Mrs. Anthony DiMeo, Sr., are now the fourth generation of the DiMeo blueberry farming family 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, 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. The 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.
Below is a photo of Anthony DiMeo III on the DiMeo’s favorite row crop tractor, the John Deere narrow that is a popular tractor for both blueberry growers and wineries because it fits perfectly down the blueberry row and allows for you to plant your rows closer to get more blueberries per acre. Anthony and his family now continue the 102 year-old DiMeo blueberry farming legacy of growing better tasting blueberries and certified blueberry plants. Below media photo was shot for a story on home owners lowering their property tax assessment by planting a patch of blueberries and converting over to farmland tax assessment. A smart tax move.
When growing blueberries, DiMeo Farms tries to focus not only on growing the largest blueberries but, the best tasting blueberry plant varieties. We seek a healthy blueberry that has a nice size, good taste and great blueberry flavor. Blueberries that are picked for fresh and frozen markets are often immediately taken to a blueberry packing area and shipped. Our large DiMeo blueberries fill lots of berry pints and 12 pint blueberry crates, making our DiMeo blueberry plant customers successful with the best blueberry yields per acre. Here are expert blueberry farmers, almost 90 year-old Farmer Anthony DiMeo, Sr. and his grandson, Anthony DiMeo III checking mature blueberry bushes about to bloom in Hammonton blueberry fields.
Farmer Joseph DiMeo Turns 100 Years-Old
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 red wine at lunch and dinner every 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 big role. The DiMeo family celebrated Joseph DiMeo's 100th birthday on the below memorable DiMeo family day together in Hammonton, New Jersey. Watch Farmer Joseph DiMeo sing along with the entire DiMeo family.
Grandpop DiMeo had several nephews in the family who continue the DiMeo legacy of blueberry farming. He still works almost every day on the blueberry farm and is active on all the farm equipment. Every year the DiMeo family replants some of their older blueberry fields, not every single blueberry bush, but just the old bushes they think should be replanted. Below is third generation, now 89 year-old DiMeo blueberry farmer Mike DiMeo, Sr. (son of Frank DiMeo) on the mini-excavator which is what the DiMeo’s use to get down the narrow blueberry rows to quickly dig out some of the older blueberry bushes. Here he was replanting one of the fields with thousands of blueberry plants and peat moss from our blueberry plants nursery.
DiMeo Farms wants to help you grow healthy organic berries, blueberries and other super healthy berries with amazing health benefits such as aronia black chokeberries. We can give you organic blueberry growing tips and safe home grown organic blueberry farming techniques. We often try to find inspiring ways to celebrate the farming spirit in our quiet Atlantic County hometown, so every year we invite customers, friends and family to the “annual blueberry ball drop” at the center of town. It’s so much fun and we hope you will join us this New Years Eve in Hammonton, NJ. Let’s celebrate together and promote healthy organic living.
"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 little boy. I am passionate about carrying forward part of our family's blueberry growing legacy of using old fashioned blueberry farming methods. Always know your farmer and where your food comes from. Remember, you are your own best farmer and can easily grow your own organic berries at home in your garden, edible landscaping or in pots."
Fourth Generation Blueberry Farmer — A. DiMeo
Legacy of Growing Blueberries magazine article 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 100 years ago, with DiMeo Blueberry Farms in New Jersey, which offers blueberry picking in South Jersey as well as a rustic farm wedding location in New Jersey. We can teach our blueberry farm customers for free and can coach them on how to plant their very own pick your own organic blueberry farm or agritourism farm in their community, once they become our berry plants nursery customer. Call now (609) 561-5905 so we can teach you how to care for blueberries and get into the high demand fresh blueberry market.
We work hard on our New Jersey family farms to cultivate the best blueberries, bearing-size blueberry plants, large mature blueberry bushes, happy DiMeo blueberry plants customers an expert berry farmer solutions for our berry plant customers not only in commercial blueberry fields, but home berry plant gardens, u-pick blueberry farms, fruit wineries, edible landscape designs or backyard blueberry gardening all across America. We also sell and ship thorness raspberry plants, thornless blackberry plants, strawberry plants, cranberry bushes, and aronia berry plants which are the healthiest super berries on the planet. Start eating organic aronia berries in your daily fruit diet for antioxidants and cancer-fighting benefits.
Anthony DiMeo III and Helene of DiMeo Blueberry Plants Nursery who generously sponsored the Hammonton Blueberry Festival. The blueberry festival in Hammonton can drew thousands of blueberry lovers. Our blueberries farm has happy DiMeo Farms blueberry plant customers from all across America who drive (or fly) out to visit our family blueberry farms to meet with a DiMeo blueberry farmer. Over the years we have always been a trusted source for the media who has featured both Grandmom and Grandpop DiMeo as we connected with home gardeners who buy certified blueberry plants direct from our family blueberry farm.
DiMeo Farms Gives Back to Children & Charity
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 organic 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 his free-range chickens and other animals on the DiMeo family farm.
DiMeo Farms also 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 youth soccer team during his recovery. One of the causes that DiMeo Farms would like to support is combating childhood obesity with eating organic foods and to help children make healthier eating choices. Getting kids to appreciate farm fresh organic berriees, instead of fast or junk food. We believe that one of the best ways to combat childhood obesity is to give children healthy fresh locally grown organic 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 need to learn the value of hard day's work on a family farm and to also learn about eating better and healthier organic foods, fourth generation farmer Anthony DiMeo III took time to spend with the kids. He included a brief tour of Grandpop DiMeo's farm and a motivational discussion on "setting life goals and working hard to achieve them." He also gave each of them free blueberry bushes to take home to their families in the Camden and Philadelphia regions. Call us 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 with NJ agritourism.
We love teaching kids to “know your farmer” and “where your food comes from” and how to grow their own organic blueberries at home. They called us and it was a pleasure to let the kids pick blueberries with our compliments. The kids had a great time picking blueberries and we spoke with them about the health benefits and nutrition of organic blueberries and why they should eat fresh organic 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 blueberry picking field trip, call (609) 561-5905 to schedule school field trips, NJ girl scouts “blueberry power patch” events or NJ seniors group to pick blueberries.
We have also donated lots of blueberry bushes to local and regional school districts for their sustainable organic school gardens and we often have many charity bike races 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 family farm we have. These ladies stopped to show their support for DiMeo Farms and also to congratulate Farmer DiMeo for supporting the local community. We are also passionate about supporting women's health issues such as fighting breast cancer with cancer-fighting organic berries like blueberries and especially aronia berries, the healthiest berries.
Appreciating Maximino's 30 Years Working for The DiMeo’s
81 year-old Maximino Guzman, a 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 and said they were on their way down to the DiMeo farm. She said her father, Maximino was sick with cancer and he wanted to walk Grandpop DiMeo's farm just one more time while he still physically could. He was greeted by Mr. DiMeo's grandson, Anthony DiMeo III who took the time to walk the frail Maximino around the farm and listened to his stories about working with Grandpop DiMeo all those years. His daughter translated. When Maximino saw Grandpop DiMeo's old pickup truck, he began to cry and went to sit on the tailgate. Then, Anthony sat next to him for this amazing picture. Maximino is a good man. It was a pleasure to spend that Sunday afternoon with him listening to his stories about planting acres of blueberries plants for Grandpop DiMeo.
"I feel alive and and happy here" said a teary eyed, 81 year-old Maximino Guzman as he stood in the old blueberry field where he once worked. 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 working on the farm and that Grandpop DiMeo was a hard worker and a good man to work for all those years. 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 farm and that he was thankful Grandpop DiMeo never charged him any money for rent or utilities all those years. He said that allowed him to save money to raise all his children and bring them here from Puerto Rico. We will never forget Maximino.
Conservation and Forest Preservation Efforts
At DiMeo Family Farms we feel good about giving back to the land since it has been good to us over the years. So we started planting all types of native cedar trees along our blueberry farm fields and along the wetlands areas, along the Hammonton Creek. We planted many beautiful Atlantic White Cedar trees 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, but let's not forget about the trees. DiMeo Farms believes we need to conserve our forests and keep them keep growing to protect the environment. Especially with all the new building and home developments being built these days. We need to protect the land for future generations. We aim to protect, preserve and monitor important animal habitat in the beautiful NJ Pine Barrens forests surrounding our family farm properties.