BRIDGEWATER, NJ - For Bridgewater resident Bob Kiser, farming is part of his DNA and has been in his family for four generations – it is safe to say he inherited the “green thumb” gene.

His farm stand, once called Bob’s Fruit Stand, is now the site of Melick’s Farm Market, on Route 28. 

Kiser’s father, Vernon, grew up on a 500-acre wheat farm in Kansas, while his mom, Aldean, grew up in the Bronx. According to Kiser, his parents moved to their 15-acre farm on Route 28 in Bridgewater in 1946, where Orchard Meadows and Kiser Lane are now situated.

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Across the street on Route 28, where Melick’s Town Farm Market stands today, used to be Bob’s Fruit Stand.

Kiser said he grew up on the farm with his two older brothers, Franklin and Bill. 

“Back then, the farm consisted of gardens that included vegetable and strawberry fields, an orchard with about 100 fruit trees, a horse stable, hay fields and about 3,000 chickens,” Bob Kiser said. “Naturally, we had plenty of chores to do to help tend the farm from a young age.”

Want to know more about the Kiser family and the history of their farm? Check out the September issue of The BReeze, arriving in homes this week!