Snyder Farm Open House and Great Tomato Tasting

Typically in August, Rutgers University, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension proudly present the annual Snyder Farm Open House and Great Tomato Tasting.

This event is made possible with the assistance of the Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers. While features change yearly, you can always take part in the very popular tasting of more than 60 heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties. Past events have included:

  • chef demonstrations featuring preparation of several tomato recipes.
  • guided educational wagon tours of the farm’s research plots.
  • tastings of apples, basil, peaches, and honey.
  • professional advice offered by the Hunterdon County Board of Health Staff on stink bugs, mosquitoes and black flies—pesky insects near and dear to local residents.
  • gardening demonstrations for those interested in small, productive gardens.

Past events have featured the Melda C. Snyder Teaching Garden showcasing demonstration gardens of deer tolerant ornamentals; ethnic greens; Blueberries, Hazelnuts, and Hollies from the Rutgers blueberry, hazelnut, and holly breeding programs; ornamental lilies; fun family farm photo opportunities; an "apple wall"; plus, apples and peaches from the NJAES Tree Fruit Breeding Program.

Rutgers NJAES faculty, staff and Rutgers Master Gardener volunteers are available throughout the event to answer your gardening questions and to make your visit to our research farm a pleasurable and memorable one.

Tomato Varieties & Seed Sources

Clifford E. & Melda C. Snyder Research And Extension Farm