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Springdale Farms: 71 Years Strong
Continuing traditions at this family-run farm.

by Staff

Today, as Cherry Hill’s last remaining working  farm, Springdale Farms continues its  strong tradition of local growing into its  71st year. The 100-acre farm draws hundreds of customers with year-round attractions, and  is a popular destination for families to purchase fresh,  seasonal produce—like herbs, lettuces, berries,  vegetables, and 12 varieties of Jersey tomatoes—as  well as breads, cakes, muffins and seasonal pies  baked daily. 

Aside from the bright yellow dandelion and daffodil  plants,  strawberries  are  the  harbinger  of  spring  produce.  And  when  you’re  clamoring  for  the  taste  of  those  sweet  little  berries,  Springdale  Farms  is  the  only  place  to  pick  your  own,  straight  from  the  plants  on  which  they’re  grown.  But  Springdale  Farms  coowner  John  Ebert  has  two  words  of  advice  to  strawberry  fans:  “Don’t  wait.” 

 “Strawberries are one of our    big spring crops,  but they only last about four weeks,” Ebert explains.  “I’m always interested to see that so many people  with children wait until school’s over to come pick  strawberries as a family. But by late June the season’s  almost  over,  and  I  wish  I  could  have  told  them  to  come  here  earlier  to  get  the  berries  at  their  best.”   

Spreading the word about how best to enjoy the  seasonal produce grown and sold at Springdale  Farms is mission No. 1 for its dedicated staff. A simple  produce  chart  on  the  farm’s  website  details  which  fruits,  vegetables  and  herbs  are  growing  right  now.   

Jersey tomatoes & more 
Nestled in the heart of suburban Cherry Hill,  Springdale Farms remains the source for “grow-there,  get-it-here”  Jersey  Fresh  produce. 

After strawberry    season, the next big crop will  be tomatoes. Several varieties of Jersey tomatoes  are grown at Springdale Farms, and Ebert reveals  that the farm even oversees a third annual  planting—rare among larger commercial growers—to  ensure  that  the  delectable  summer  staple  remains  available  well  into  fall.  Around  July  4,  corn  season  will  be  in  full  swing.  “We  purposely  plant  a  late  crop,  so  the  same  delicious  corn  lasts  way,  way  into  October,”  he  adds.   

Intent on bringing as much fresh produce to  its on-site market as possible, Ebert advocates  double and triple cropping on Springdale’s 100  acres—essentially, planting a summer crop on  the same patch of land where a spring crop has  just been grown and harvested—a sight the public    can see on one of the farm’s educational  hayrides. “We’ll take    people or school groups out  to, say, a field of tomatoes, show them how we  start and grow and harvest the crop,” he says.   

Fresh-baked goods 
The garden center, home to a host of practical and  unique gift items, is only one of Springdale’s many  indoor spaces. At the market, there’s all that  great produce, plus unexpected finds like local New  Jersey wines. A trip to Springdale is not done,  though, until you follow your nose to the bakery,  where apple cider doughnuts and some 60 different  pies are baked up daily on the premises.   

 “We’ve got so much going on; we’re always surprised when people stop in and say, ‘I had no idea  what happens here. I thought it was just a garden center,’”  Ebert  says.  Among  the  farm’s      other  activities  are  birthday  hayrides  and  special  evening  events  in  the  farm’s    glass-enclosed conservatory. An ongoing  partnership with the Garden State Discovery Museum  has  led  to  events  like  an  evening  of  stargazing  with    astronomers from the Franklin Institute in  Philadelphia, as well as an annual joint fall festival and  corn maze. Springdale Farms also keeps close ties  with local scouting groups and schools, opening its  facilities to troops on a regular basis.   

Springdale Farms also participates in other  community programs, ranging from the annual  South Jersey Farm to Fork restaurant week to the  Food Bank of South Jersey. The farm maintains  a presence each weekend, from May through  November, at the award-winning Collingswood  Farmers’ Market—bringing produce and good  food to customers who prefer to shop in town.  The best way to keep    abreast of the latest farm  news, Ebert advises, is to sign up at the Spring-  dale Farms website for the bimonthly newsletter  or follow the farm on its dedicated Twitter account.  “Our neighbors are our clients and friends,” Ebert  says. “By reaching out to them, we’re blending  the best of both worlds—suburb and farm.”

Springdale Farms 
1638 S. Springdale Road
Cherry Hill 
(856) 424-8674  | 

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 2 (April 2020).
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