Fruitwood Orchards Honey Farm
Vegetables, fruits, honeys, jams and jellies
Fruitwood Orchards is located in Gloucester County, NJ and is famous for honey, jams, jellies and many types of fruits. They also bring a wide variety of vegetables to the market as well. Mike Nelson is a wealth of information on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a historic alternative to conventional pesticide-heavy farming, so if you are curious about how Fruitwood Farm’s delicious fruits and vegetables are grown, be sure to ask him all about his sustainable farming practices.
Fruit wood Orchards has a long history – all the way back to the 1800s! More recently, 110 acres of orchards were planted, which yield apples, peaches, nectarines, pears, and cherries.
While perfecting these crops the farm branched (no pun intended!) into other fruits such as strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes and wine grapes. Fruitwood ventured into honeybee husbandry as well:
“We originally began raising honeybees to help in the pollination of our fruit trees. Other farmers, seeing our success with using honey bees for pollination, asked us to help them. Soon we were setting up beehives on their farms to aid in pollination of their various crops. Quickly, the pollination business became bigger than our fruit business.
From pollination to extracting honey from beehives is a very short step. We took that step and were rewarded with a delicious, flavorful honey. We sold this honey from a small covered table by the side of the road. Today, from our two locations in New Jersey and Florida, millions of honeybees in thousands of hives are transported to pollinate crops and produce honey across the country. Great care in processing honey is Fruitwood Orchards’ way of assuring you the best tasting products possible.”