courages kids to pet his chickens and get
up close and personal with his pigs—kept
safely inside their pens.
Erika Perez of Avenel visited Giamarese Farms last fall with her mom,
brother and best friend. “We’d been here
before for the apples,” she said, “and
remembered what a great place it was.”
Perez went home with two pumpkins,
one to carve and the other earmarked
for a homemade pie. Her friend, Jessica Grollman of Highland Park, had a
more immediate hunger. “I didn’t get a
pumpkin, but I got a cinnamon-powdered
donut and apple cider,” she said.
Cristina Cerbelli and Anthony Alabi of
North Brunswick brought their 3-month-
old son, Leo, for his first pumpkin-patch
experience. They also had a specific treat
in mind: “We’re here for the apple cake,”
Evangelia Psarakis of Bridgewater
brought two friends visiting from Greece.
“I wanted them to visit this great fall
tradition that we have in the Northeast
since there’s nothing like it in Greece,”
she said. After snacking on kettle corn,
Psarakis picked out a giant pumpkin for
her front stoop.
Jim Giamarese is quick to point out
that fall day-trippers have plenty of
Jersey farms from which to choose. “If
it’s too crowded here, visit one of them,”
he encourages. “I’m committed to New
Giamarese Farms has ample park-
ing. There are a number of tables for a
picnic, or bring a blanket to spread on the
ground. Open 10 AM to 6 PM, seven days
a week through October. Check their
website for special events.
155 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick; 732-821-9494;
FALL’S BOUNT Y
Clockwise, from left: Ashley
and John Sexton of Hamilton
shop for mums at Giamarese
Farms; Anthony Alabi and
Leo for an outing; Joselyn
Berrios of Bridgewater finds
her perfect pumpkin.