FRANKLIN TWP. – The Rutgers University Snyder Research and Extension Farm, 140 Locust Grove Rd. here, will host the 2019 Farmer-Businessmen’s Picnic of the Hunterdon County Board of Agriculture. The event, open to anybody who buys a ticket, includes tours of the operation, displays by farming organizations and a catered picnic supper.
It will be held Wednesday, July 31 with tours starting at 4:30 p.m. Guided wagon tours of the facility and research projects will be led by the Hunterdon County Agricultural Agent, Megan Muehlbauer, and others. The ag board has hosted a summer picnic at some farm or farm-related business for more than 60 years.
This 390-acre farm is the northern most off-campus research farm of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Rutgers faculty research an array of issues that face farmers and residents of New Jersey. Projects include grain crops, tree and small fruits, turf grass and ornamentals. Dan's Backyard Barbecue will provide a full course "all you can eat" dinner consisting of roast beef, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, salads and beverages. Ice cream from Thee Ice Cream Parlor and cookies complete the meal.
Meal cost is $30 per person and reservation deadline is 4 p.m. Monday July 22. Mail check made out to the Board of Agriculture to it at PO Box 2327, Flemington 08822. Tickets will be held for check-in at the picnic registration table. Call Treasurer Judy Conard at 908-782-5473 with questions.
The Snyder Farm is also home of the annual Great Tomato Tasting Event, set this year for Wednesday, Aug. 28. Visitors will able to sample tomato more than 80 heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties.
Clifford Snyder was an agricultural and community leader, a nationally known figure in agriculture and a pioneer in the founding of Hunterdon Medical Center. After his death in 1967, his wife, Melda, took over management of the farm. She, too, was an ag and community leader. Upon her death in 1988, Melda bequeathed the farm, which they called Cliffields, to Cook College and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.