New Jersey Ag News
Wightman’s Farms among top 20 list for apple picking
By JANE PRIMERANO
HARDING TOWNSHIP (Oct. 15, 2015) — Only one New Jersey farm made Country Living Magazine’s Top 20 sites for apple picking for 2015.
Wightman’s Farms on Mt. Kemble Avenue in Harding Township, south of Morristown, is a well-known you-pick facility.
Its orchards feature peaches, nectarines and applies, and it also has an extensive pumpkin picking operation.
Customers can walk into some fields or take hayrides.
Wightman’s also sells pumpkins of all sizes as well as pumpkins painted with superhero or team logos.
Roasted corn on the cob is also available during picking season. Wightman’s also has a cider mill and a farm store.
Besides a parking lot on the farm itself, Wightman’s also provides parking in a corporate lot across Mt. Kemble Avenue on weekends. Busy weekends feature Harding Township police directing traffic.
According to the farm website, the farm was started by Albert and Laetitia Wightman, who bought the first part of the large farm in 1992.
They planted fruit trees and vegetables. Albert Wightman would drive his truck north on Mt. Kemble Avenue into Morristown and sell produce.
Later, customers started coming to the first farm stand under a mulberry tree across from the current market.
The third generation of the family now operates the farm.
On a recent Sunday at the peak of the season, many families were availing themselves of the nice weather and long-handled apple pickers.
Most, but not all, had small children in tow.