I am the grandson of German immigrants. I grew up in a family that owned a service station here in New Jersey. Through my family business, I learned firsthand entrepreneurial and customer service skills from my father and grandfather. Born in Elizabeth and raised in Chester, I was divinely inspired to become a farmer at a young age. I was the salutatorian of the graduating Class of 1982 from West Morris Central and went on to study Horticulture as well as Agronomy and Agribusiness at Delaware Valley College, where I graduated in 1985. While I was studying, I began the business that grew into Alstede Farms. Over the past 35 plus years, I have grown the business from raising hay, grain, and wholesale fruits and vegetables to being an entirely retail based business raising over 600 acres of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Outside of farming, I am a husband and father of three, an active volunteer firefighter, a public servant in local and state government, and an avid fan of stamp collecting, history, travel, and more. As the General Manager and Owner of Alstede Farms, I have taken supreme pleasure in taking care of this permanently preserved farmland and I truly appreciate the beauty around me.
What is something unique about your farm or business?
- Alstede Farms is proud to be a first generation farm that became a farm to provide nutritious and healthy food to families and to preserve the land for future generations.
What is your favorite thing to grow?
Jersey Fresh Peaches.
What is your favorite recipe or cooking technique using Jersey Fresh?
Apfel Kuchen, German Apple Cake using Jersey Fresh Rome Apples.