Many of us love to come home and pour ourselves a nice glass of wine to wind down our day, but do we truly understand wine and everything that goes into making it?  I decided to sit down and have a conversation with wine expert Dr. John A Brewer who was raised on a cattle ranch in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

John received his Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Arkansas.  He spent twenty years building high-tech companies in integrated circuits, solar energy, and superconductivity and he took his high-tech education and experience and combined them into the wine industry.  He established Wyldewood Cellars Winery in 1995 to make his family farm more profitable.

Wyldewood Cellars is the largest and most awarded Winery in the state with over 700 International Awards in twenty-seven years.  In 1997, because of the success of his wines in International Competitions, he became the first Professional International Wine Judge in the State of Kansas and has judged several International Wine Competitions every year since then.

I think it’s safe to say, Dr. Brewer knows a thing or two about wine and it was an honor to have him join me for a quick chat about the industry and what goes into making great-tasting wine!

8 Beautiful Farms To Pick Strawberries At And Visit In New Jersey

It’s officially Summer, and with that comes lots of family-friendly activities and fun! How about heading out to some of the most beautiful farms in New Jersey to hand pick your very own strawberries? If you’re not sure where to go, no worries, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of some cool places to check out! 

  • 1. Alstede Farms - Chester New Jersey

    When it comes to growing a local and family-friendly community Alstede farms goes beyond as they still have plenty of opportunities for you to head on out between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm to pick your own strawberries. And with a beautiful family owned business you know you’re really connecting to the local community. 

    To reserve your spot for their scheduled events check out their website by Clicking Here they are open weekdays and weekends with the last day for Strawberry picking set for the 30th. 

    Pick your own strawberries

    Open weekdays!

    Posted by Alstede Farms on Monday, June 20, 2022
  • 2. Bonacorsi Family Farm – Frenchtown, New Jersey

    If you haven’t made your way out to the Bonacorsi Family Farm yet, don’t miss the chance as they come close to wrapping up the season. They offer exciting experiences for all as well as a twilight strawberry picking event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.  

    Before heading out to Frenchtown to explore their 50 acre land make sure to stay updated with their hours either on their Website or their Facebook page. 

    Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

    Strawberries, raspberries, & sugar snap peas for UPICK! Strawberries are beginning to come to an end.662 Pittstown Road9-4 pm We can’t wait to see you!

    Posted by Bonacorsi Family Farm on Saturday, June 18, 2022
  • 3. Farms View – Wayne, New Jersey

    Farms View located in Wayne New Jersey has been a long standing market since 1874 growing overtime to the beautiful and lush farm that it is today. With plenty of options you can’t go wrong checking them out as they were awarded the Century Farm Award by the New Jersey Agricultural Society. At current, their strawberry picking events are closed, but keep an eye out by going to their website by Clicking Here for all their hours of operation. There is still plenty to see and explore at Farms View so get in while you can. 

  • 4. Johnson’s Corner Farm – Medford, New Jersey

    This place puts the “f” in fun as Johnson’s Corner farm is more than just a market. It’s place that connects families and the local community by offering a wide variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy, which are but not limited to Gem mining, Harvest Hayrides, Pedal Go-karts and much more. Their hours of operation for the market are daily 8am to 7pm though for a complete list of hours and activities check out their Website. 

  • 5. Lee Turkey Farm – East Windsor, New Jersey

    The Lee Tuckey Farm in East Windsor has been rising turkeys for 80 years and creating memorable moments for just as long as they have a wide variety of items for you to pick along their 54 acer land. All under the watchful eye of their turkeys which are available anytime. For a full list of their rules check out their website by Clicking Here. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 2pm to 6pm with last entry into the farm everyday set for 5 PM. 

    Going to be another day of beautiful weather for picking! ☀️🍓

    Posted by Lee Turkey Farm on Sunday, June 19, 2022
  • 6. Ort Farms – Long Valley, New Jersey

    Another Long standings family business the Ort Farm has grown a lot since the 1800s eventually expanding to become well known with the area. They ran one of the first pick your own events in the area and now it has become a staple of their business. But they offer more than just picking berries. As family’s can come to enjoy a lush picnic area, farm animal section as well as pony and train rides on the weekends. For a complete breakdown of their hours as well as all the fun to be had at Ort Farms. Check out their Website. 

  • 7. Peterson Farm – Flemington, New Jersey

    The Peterson Farm has a lot to offer when it comes to family fun at the right price as they operated primarily as a dairy farm. Now expanding to new heights from trees for the holiday season to pick your own. You can rest assured that the community is coming together to make a real meaningful experience for you. At current Peterson Farm operates Wednesday and Thursday 3 PM to 7 PM and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM. They do have guidelines and policy rules for visitors which can be accessed by Clicking Here.  

    This weekend is a great time to come out and pick strawberries! The picking is excellent right now. We are open today, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.

    Posted by Peterson Farm on Friday, June 10, 2022
  • 8. Phillips Farms – Milford, New Jersey

    The Phillips farm offers an amazing market and pick your own all on a picturesque set of land that really takes your breath away. Opened everyday expect Tuesdays from 9am to 6pm. They offer a wide variety of ripe products to choose from as well as a family spanning over six generations that are dedicated to making your experience a happy one. Full details about their rules and operations can be found on their Website.  

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    Posted by Phillips Farms of Milford on Tuesday, June 21, 2022

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