Cape May Fall Farm Markets 2013

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Cape May, NJ -   At Fred Palmer’s farm stand on New England Road, the locals jockey for the fresh eggs.  You have to get there early enough (but not too early) if you want to score a dozen.

Palmer’s stand is one of a crop of small, local farms on Cape Island that are growing and selling local produce south of the Cape May Canal as late as October and November. Some stands stay open just on weekends, others are open every day. What’s for sale depends on what’s growing at the moment.

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On New England Road, the last of the fall tomatoes and peppers eventually will make way for hardier cool weather crops. Palmer operates his stand all year during daylight hours, on the honor system.

Over on Sunset Boulevard, near Cape May Point, another small grower, Enfin Farm, is well known for it’s homemade bread.

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But the two young entrepreneurs who run Enfin Farm also grow and sell organic veggies.

The good news is that, although the bread stand is only open on weekends,  Enfin Farm sells its arugula and beets and baby tomatoes 24/7, on the honor system. Kale will be coming later in the season.

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No Frills Farm on Seashore Road sells both its own field grown crops as well as some other locally raised veggies.

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Currently, in addition to an assortment of peppers and eggplant you’ll find freshly dug sweet potatoes. The farm stand plans to stay open from 10AM to 5PM every day in October.

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Beach Plum Farm, set back on Stevens Street in West Cape May,  is the largest of the local growers on Cape Island.

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The farm grows vegetables primarily for Congress Hall. But, every Friday and Saturday morning, from 8AM to noon, you can buy the farm’s local greens and squash and whatever else is being harvested at the moment.

The farm stand is set right in the middle of its growing fields. A sign on Stevens Street points to the long driveway. Beach Plum Farm also sells its own fresh, organic eggs and honey.

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Growers on Cape Island have the weather on their side. Because of the mild climate, the first freeze doesn’t hit until very late in October or early November.

So for at least the next month, island residents and visitors can take advantage of a genuine fall harvest and buy their fresh veggies without crossing the Cape May Canal.

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About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.