A huge “Thank You” to everyone who came out and visited with us in October 2016 for a Cranberry Harvest Tour. We enjoyed sharing the tastes, the sights and the stories of the Pine Barrens cranberry season with each one of you. We appreciate the feedback that many of you gave us and are very gratified that you enjoyed being out with us on the tour as much as we enjoyed having you out to see harvest.
The tour was spectacular. Hearing Brenda’s presentation of both the history of cranberry harvesting in NJ, the family connections and beginnings of a co-op and then how cranberries grow, ripen and eventually are brought to market was intriguing and set the stage for a trip to the bogs. Seeing the workings of the actual harvest was the cream on top of the rest. I/we also enjoyed the food discussion afterward and appreciate the gift of a recipe book. It was a great experience.
My husband and I felt the tour was well organized and very informative. This has been my third visit and I am still learning. Connie and Brenda you did an excellent job. I really enjoyed the cranberry tasting too. My husband enjoyed seeing all the steps involved in the harvesting of cranberries.
I learned a lot about the history of cranberry farming and also how much engineering and computer technology was involved in harvesting. It made me appreciate all the work that is involved in getting those cranberries to my table.
My Husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the event! Learning The history of the Pine barrens, farming in the area and your family was fascinating! Thank you for opening up your operation for tours! The harvest was beautiful!
The entire tour was incredible!! Informative, interesting, and everyone was so friendly!! I am recommending the tour to everyone and cannot wait to go back!!
We’re already planning on implementing some of the great ideas we’ve heard from your feedback in the coming tour seasons.
Thank you all for your participation and interest.
The Pine Barrens Native Fruits Staff
Relax in comfort as you get an up-close and very personal tour of the Cranberry and Blueberry farm, guided by 5th generation grower, Brenda Conner. Our specially designed our bus is equipped to narrowly navigate the bog passages and bring you right up to all the action.
Come out and see for yourself what happens on a working cranberry farm! Start in our new Heritage Hall, where 5th generation cranberry grower, Brenda Conner will present “Cranberries, NJ & You.” Learn about the native agriculture difference and how the cranberry industry preserved the Pine Barrens, the largest wilderness area between Boston and Richmond. In about 45 minutes Brenda will cover a lot of local history and cranberry culture through personal stories and entertaining, but little-known facts. (Brenda is always happy to answer questions too, so don’t be shy!)
Next, it is out to the bogs on our specially designed bus. Every seat is a window seat with panoramic views. Unlike demonstration farms, your experience will take you right into the heart of a working cranberry farm. See the crews picking and gathering the fruit as they work in a sea of floating cranberries. Brenda will narrate and explain everything that is happening as the crew works to water harvest the cranberries … it’s even better than the two guys from the commercials!
And a trip to the farm just wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to eat some cranberries!! Enjoy a cooking demonstration that will include family recipes as well as those from Brenda’s own kitchen. Learn about the health benefits as you get to see and taste cranberries prepared in a variety of ways. Throughout the presentation lots of easy serving and gifting ideas will be shared and all participants get a free recipe booklet.
We welcome groups of all sizes to visit our operation. We have a 24 seat bus and can accommodate groups as large as 48 persons. Tours run about 3 hours and can be custom tailored to each group. Our bog tour is perfect for: school field trips, civic groups, senior groups, church groups, foodies, gardening clubs and more! A box lunch is available upon request.
New Jersey’s contributions to the War for Independence affected not only its citizens, but also its natural environment– nearly to the point of complete ruin. Learn about how Joe’s ancestors were instrumental in moving the metal industries westward, thereby greatly reducing the over-harvesting of forests to make charcoal for furnaces and the strip mining for bog iron. As these industries left the area several Piney families acquired large tracts of
the “barren” land and healed them through native agriculture. We know it today as the Pine Barrens, the largest area of open space between Boston, MA and Richmond, VA.