Re: Asparagus and Peaches in SC

Fred in Vt. <pennsy@...>

Tim & Tom,

The PRR Society's Keystone had an article abot the NJ peach crop, and the express service trains that hauled them to NYC & Phila.. Back about 4 years, IIRC.
Would no doubt be safe in thinking that any seasonal consumable would have a schedule on most east coast RR's; be it reefer, ventilated, or insulated car.

Fred Freitas

----- Original Message -----
From: pullmanboss
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2005 10:16 AM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Asparagus and Peaches in SC

--- In, Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@s...> wrote:
Carrock1998 wrote:
> > There is a huge area of land there [southern NJ]
> > that has
> > peaches. You might want to check to see if there were shipments
> > originating
> > there. My conjecture would be that it was mainly shipped to
> > either
> > Philadelphia
> > or New York City.

Tim Gilbert answered:
> By truck.

They were called "truck farms", and there were quite a few in
northern & central New Jersey as well. Learned about them in
geography class in school back in the '40s and the term must have
made quite an impression on me as I still remember it. Along with
the interesting factoid that hemp was grown in the Yucatan and was
used for making rope.

All manner of fruits and (especially) vegetables was grown in New
Jersey truck farms, and in season there would be daily deliveries of
fresh produce to markets in nearby metropolitan areas. There were
(and still are) many roadside stands where motorists could purchase
directly from the growers. Our occasional driving trips to New York
City on Route 46 back then took us through some truck farming areas,
and I don't recall any facilities on the DL&W's old main line
through that same area, other than team tracks at Oxford and
Columbia, for handling such small-lot traffic. The idea of truck
farms was to be close enough to your market to get produce from
field to fork in just a few hours.

Tom Madden


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