Generation Business Manager/Farmer: 6th
Farm: Lee Turkey Farm
Date Farm Established: 1868
Lee Turkey Farm’s success is the product of many generations enhancing each other’s work. Ronny’s father, Richard Lee, began raising turkeys as a 4-H project, and when he came back from WW2 he expanded his turkey business into the thousands. In 1964, Richard became the first in NJ to open his farm to pick-your-own customers. Ronny, his son, always knew he wanted to be a farmer, and when he was in high school, he began to expand the farm’s fruit and vegetables offerings. Today, they offer over 25 types of fruits and vegetables as either pick-your-own or in their farm market. They also raise around 2,500 turkeys annually. They sell everything directly to their customers. Two of Ronny’s children are joining the business as the seventh generation, and his grandkids help out sometimes as well.
What is something unique about your farm or business?
We are the first and oldest u-pick farm in NJ to open to the public.
What is your favorite thing to grow?
My personal favorite? White nectarines! However, I am proudest of the quality of our turkeys and sweet corn.
What is your favorite recipe or cooking technique using Jersey Fresh?
My turkey salad recipe, with my own turkey, NJ celery, pepper, salt and mayo.
“I love farming because it’s not boring. Every day brings something new and different.”