Several miles away, at Duffield’s Farm Market in Sewell, where the late Claude Duffield started his farm toward the end of the Great Depression, the family has always sold its produce directly to consumers, said the founder’s grandson David Duffield, 56.
The family’s business has grown from a roadside stand started by Duffield’s grandmother around 1937 to a full-blown indoor grocery-style market that was built in the 1960s.
Several years ago, he decided to stop wholesaling and began selling his peaches, hand picked and hand sorted, directly to those who eat them.
— In this epicenter of New Jersey peach production, where the landscape filled with rows and rows of peach trees has helped boost the Garden State’s peach crop to fourth largest in the nation, farmer John Hurff finds himself doing things the old-fashioned way.
Hurff, 53, said the wholesale numbers — including paying a middleman — weren’t adding up favorably for him.Search "The Daily Journal" in the app store or use these links from your device: i Phone app | Android app | i Pad app. After three dozen or so similar pictures one gets the impression there must be some big cat petting zoo nearby.“Now we pick in baskets and they are hand-sorted by the ladies each morning.” “The ladies” are mostly high school and college-age women who work at the stand.Each morning, and sometimes in the afternoons, peaches are brought into a garage-like room beside the stand on a tractor-pulled wagon or truck.