Delicious Orchards Celebrates 100 Years

COLTS NECK, NJ – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher, State Board of Agriculture member Hugh McKittrick and a variety of local dignitaries visited the popular Colts Neck country food market, Delicious Orchards, today to help celebrate the business’ 100th anniversary.

delicious_orchards“We congratulate Delicious Orchards for 100 years of serving the community, supporting local farmers and providing its customers with access to Jersey Fresh produce and Jersey-made products,” said Secretary Fisher.  “We rely upon businesses such as Delicious Orchards to promote the sale of local produce and provide the public with access to these products.”

Starting out in 1911 as wholesale apple growers, Delicious Orchards has evolved into a destination, not just for nearby residents, but for people from all over the region.  The store specializes in fresh produce – local when in season – from scratch baked goods, cheeses, meats, seafood – wild caught and local when available – gourmet groceries, coffee and tea.

In 2011, Delicious Orchards sold 1.2 million doughnuts and more than 200,000 pies, made from scratch, sticking as close to their original recipe as possible.  To help with the process, owner Bill McDonald said they bought an apple peeling machine that peels a bushel of apples in a minute.

“We had to bring in a sophisticated apple peeler because we could not keep up with the volume of apples by hand,” said McDonald.  “Other areas where we could use ‘innovation’ we take pride that we do not.  For example, we still hand-fill our pies and bag our doughnuts.  Bagging 1.2 million doughnuts is not an easy task, but this assures that you are only getting the very best.”

The very best for Delicious Orchards, according to McDonald, is selling Jersey Fresh and Jersey Seafood at every opportunity.  During New Jersey’s growing season, people will find Jersey peaches, strawberries, blueberries, corn, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and many other varieties of produce, much of it purchased from Monmouth County farmers.   In the winter, McDonald purchases greenhouse tomatoes from a Vineland grower.

In addition, after adding fresh seafood to the store’s offerings, McDonald said they use a local purveyor, preferring wild-caught, Jersey Seafood.

During today’s visit, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini presented Delicious Orchards with a Legislative Resolution.

“I am pleased to join Secretary Fisher in recognizing Delicious Orchards, which is renowned throughout Monmouth County and New Jersey,” said Assemblywoman Angelini.  “Delicious Orchards, which exemplifies the rich farming tradition of our state, is vital to our economy and quality of life and should be applauded as they celebrate their 100th anniversary.”

Delicious Orchards was started by the Barclay family and in 1959, Carroll Barclay began selling apples at a makeshift roadside stand, opening a 1,200-square-foot stand the next year.  Through the 1960’s, the business was expanded to year-round, with the addition of pies and more produce.  In 1966, the Barclays bought a building on Route 34, where the current day Delicious Orchards now resides.

In 1977, the original owners sold the business to their management team, Bill McDonald, Tom Gesualdo and Frank McMahon.  Gesualdo and McMahon retired a few years ago and McDonald and his family are now owner/operators.

“With our attention to quality, freshness, detail and service, people have and continue to come to our store,” said McDonald.  “We pride ourselves on our long term vendor and employee relationships.  With several second and third-generation employees, we are able to maintain the highest of qualities and the superior customer service.”

Delicious Orchards currently employs 250 people and has more than 2.5 million visitors each year.

The Department of Agriculture developed Jersey Fresh in 1984 as a promotional tool for New Jersey agricultural products, the first such programs in the country.  Since then, it has been the model for many other states’ agricultural promotion programs.  For more information, visit www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov

Delicious Orchards Celebrates 100 Years

COLTS NECK, NJ – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher, State Board of Agriculture member Hugh McKittrick and a variety of local dignitaries visited the popular Colts Neck country food market, Delicious Orchards, today to help celebrate the business’ 100th anniversary.

delicious_orchards“We congratulate Delicious Orchards for 100 years of serving the community, supporting local farmers and providing its customers with access to Jersey Fresh produce and Jersey-made products,” said Secretary Fisher.  “We rely upon businesses such as Delicious Orchards to promote the sale of local produce and provide the public with access to these products.”

Starting out in 1911 as wholesale apple growers, Delicious Orchards has evolved into a destination, not just for nearby residents, but for people from all over the region.  The store specializes in fresh produce – local when in season – from scratch baked goods, cheeses, meats, seafood – wild caught and local when available – gourmet groceries, coffee and tea.

In 2011, Delicious Orchards sold 1.2 million doughnuts and more than 200,000 pies, made from scratch, sticking as close to their original recipe as possible.  To help with the process, owner Bill McDonald said they bought an apple peeling machine that peels a bushel of apples in a minute.

“We had to bring in a sophisticated apple peeler because we could not keep up with the volume of apples by hand,” said McDonald.  “Other areas where we could use ‘innovation’ we take pride that we do not.  For example, we still hand-fill our pies and bag our doughnuts.  Bagging 1.2 million doughnuts is not an easy task, but this assures that you are only getting the very best.”

The very best for Delicious Orchards, according to McDonald, is selling Jersey Fresh and Jersey Seafood at every opportunity.  During New Jersey’s growing season, people will find Jersey peaches, strawberries, blueberries, corn, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and many other varieties of produce, much of it purchased from Monmouth County farmers.   In the winter, McDonald purchases greenhouse tomatoes from a Vineland grower.

In addition, after adding fresh seafood to the store’s offerings, McDonald said they use a local purveyor, preferring wild-caught, Jersey Seafood.

During today’s visit, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini presented Delicious Orchards with a Legislative Resolution.

“I am pleased to join Secretary Fisher in recognizing Delicious Orchards, which is renowned throughout Monmouth County and New Jersey,” said Assemblywoman Angelini.  “Delicious Orchards, which exemplifies the rich farming tradition of our state, is vital to our economy and quality of life and should be applauded as they celebrate their 100th anniversary.”

Delicious Orchards was started by the Barclay family and in 1959, Carroll Barclay began selling apples at a makeshift roadside stand, opening a 1,200-square-foot stand the next year.  Through the 1960’s, the business was expanded to year-round, with the addition of pies and more produce.  In 1966, the Barclays bought a building on Route 34, where the current day Delicious Orchards now resides.

In 1977, the original owners sold the business to their management team, Bill McDonald, Tom Gesualdo and Frank McMahon.  Gesualdo and McMahon retired a few years ago and McDonald and his family are now owner/operators.

“With our attention to quality, freshness, detail and service, people have and continue to come to our store,” said McDonald.  “We pride ourselves on our long term vendor and employee relationships.  With several second and third-generation employees, we are able to maintain the highest of qualities and the superior customer service.”

Delicious Orchards currently employs 250 people and has more than 2.5 million visitors each year.

The Department of Agriculture developed Jersey Fresh in 1984 as a promotional tool for New Jersey agricultural products, the first such programs in the country.  Since then, it has been the model for many other states’ agricultural promotion programs.  For more information, visit www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov

Supporting Students – Grieving Neighboring Community Loss

HAZLET, NJ – Over the course of the past few weeks, a neighboring community has undergone a series of traumatic events. These emotional events have also impacted our school community. We are extremely proud and supportive of our students’ desires to express their sympathy for family and friends who are grieving.

At this time, the primary focus of the Hazlet Township School District is to ensure that we are proactive in providing the necessary services needed for our students’ well-being. To that end, our Student Assistance Counselor and Guidance Counselors are continually meeting with students to provide them with an appropriate forum to discuss any concerns they may have during this difficult time.

The Hazlet Township School District respects the right of children to grieve in their own way and will continue to assist students through these terrible tragedies. We encourage our students to continue to reach out to our counselors if they need assistance.

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(editor’s note:  Union Beach residents Drew Capichana, 17 and Mathew J. Adams, also 17, died in seperate auto accidents about a week apart.)

Supporting Students – Grieving Neighboring Community Loss

HAZLET, NJ – Over the course of the past few weeks, a neighboring community has undergone a series of traumatic events. These emotional events have also impacted our school community. We are extremely proud and supportive of our students’ desires to express their sympathy for family and friends who are grieving.

At this time, the primary focus of the Hazlet Township School District is to ensure that we are proactive in providing the necessary services needed for our students’ well-being. To that end, our Student Assistance Counselor and Guidance Counselors are continually meeting with students to provide them with an appropriate forum to discuss any concerns they may have during this difficult time.

The Hazlet Township School District respects the right of children to grieve in their own way and will continue to assist students through these terrible tragedies. We encourage our students to continue to reach out to our counselors if they need assistance.

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(editor’s note:  Union Beach residents Drew Capichana, 17 and Mathew J. Adams, also 17, died in seperate auto accidents about a week apart.)

Little Silver Teenagers Win Bemis Trophy in Junior United States Doublehanded Sailing Championship

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Pictured are competitive racing sailors (left to right) Gabi Neubelt and Kendall Van Winkle ( both from Little Silver ) receiving the Bemis Trophy on November 6, 2011 at the Raritan Yacht Club. The New Jersey Yacht Racing Association presented the trophy for the Doublehanded Bemis Cup Area C championship in Club 420s, which took place in July. Kendall and Gabi advanced after winning the Area C (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia) to The Junior United States Doublehanded Sailing Championships, held under the auspices of US Sailing. Kendall is a dance major in the RBR Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Gabi attends MAST in Sandy Hook.

 

Little Silver Teenagers Win Bemis Trophy in Junior United States Doublehanded Sailing Championship

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Pictured are competitive racing sailors (left to right) Gabi Neubelt and Kendall Van Winkle ( both from Little Silver ) receiving the Bemis Trophy on November 6, 2011 at the Raritan Yacht Club. The New Jersey Yacht Racing Association presented the trophy for the Doublehanded Bemis Cup Area C championship in Club 420s, which took place in July. Kendall and Gabi advanced after winning the Area C (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia) to The Junior United States Doublehanded Sailing Championships, held under the auspices of US Sailing. Kendall is a dance major in the RBR Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Gabi attends MAST in Sandy Hook.

 

“Shoot for a Cure” Breast Cancer Fundraiser at RFH High School Gym

Slated for February 2nd 

RUMSON, NJ – Although they are rivals on the basketball court, the girls’ teams at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and Red Bank Regional High School have joined forces to raise funds for breast cancer research.

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The RFH and RBR Girls’ Basketball Teams, sporting the color of choice for Thursday’s game.

On Thursday, February 2nd, the teams from both schools will face off in a “Pink Out” basketball game, also known as “Shoot for a Cure.” Spectators are encouraged to dress in pink, and prizes will be awarded for “best-dressed pink fan” and “best-dressed pink group.” Pink t-shirts and other pink items will be available for sale at the game, with all proceeds being donated to the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center.

The girls’ Junior Varsity game will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Varsity game at 6:30 p.m. Donations may be made at the game, or checks payable to the “Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center” may be mailed to “Top of the Key Club”, c/o Tony Miller, 151 Bingham Avenue, Rumson, NJ 07760.

Brighten up the dreary days of winter by having a great time for a great cause!

“Shoot for a Cure” Breast Cancer Fundraiser at RFH High School Gym

Slated for February 2nd 

RUMSON, NJ – Although they are rivals on the basketball court, the girls’ teams at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and Red Bank Regional High School have joined forces to raise funds for breast cancer research.

rfh_girls_bb_team_2012

The RFH and RBR Girls’ Basketball Teams, sporting the color of choice for Thursday’s game.

On Thursday, February 2nd, the teams from both schools will face off in a “Pink Out” basketball game, also known as “Shoot for a Cure.” Spectators are encouraged to dress in pink, and prizes will be awarded for “best-dressed pink fan” and “best-dressed pink group.” Pink t-shirts and other pink items will be available for sale at the game, with all proceeds being donated to the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center.

The girls’ Junior Varsity game will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Varsity game at 6:30 p.m. Donations may be made at the game, or checks payable to the “Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center” may be mailed to “Top of the Key Club”, c/o Tony Miller, 151 Bingham Avenue, Rumson, NJ 07760.

Brighten up the dreary days of winter by having a great time for a great cause!

Adult Volleyball League in Red Bank Set to Begin 2012 Season

RED BANK, NJ – Red Bank Parks & Rec is co-sponsoring a co-ed an adult volleyball league set to begin 2/21/12. Games will be played at Red Bank Middle School on Tuesday nights.  You can sign up a team or as an individual. The league is open to Red Bank residents and non-residents 21 and older.  All ability levels are welcome as the emphasis is on having fun and meeting new people. The deadline to register is 2/14/12.  For more information on how to register as an individual or full team, please contact league organizer, Scott Cannon, at 908-461-8946 or email [email protected].

Adult Volleyball League in Red Bank Set to Begin 2012 Season

RED BANK, NJ – Red Bank Parks & Rec is co-sponsoring a co-ed an adult volleyball league set to begin 2/21/12. Games will be played at Red Bank Middle School on Tuesday nights.  You can sign up a team or as an individual. The league is open to Red Bank residents and non-residents 21 and older.  All ability levels are welcome as the emphasis is on having fun and meeting new people. The deadline to register is 2/14/12.  For more information on how to register as an individual or full team, please contact league organizer, Scott Cannon, at 908-461-8946 or email [email protected].