MONTVALE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A family run farm that has become a North Jersey institution is now making way for a supermarket.
The pumpkin patch at DePiero’s country farm in Montvale has been busy this Halloween season for the last time.
“We are all really emotional about it. Sad to see it come to an end, but new chapters,” Tammy Palmieri told CBS2’s Meg Baker.
Palmieri, a DePiero, has worked at the farm all of her life. Open since 1924, the North Jersey staple is closing.
“It’s the hardest part seeing friends come in here, our kids all grew up here and families, so been tough,” she said.
The old-fashioned farm stand has been a place for class trips, family outings, and grocery shopping. Out back there was a petting zoo for the kids.
A customer for more than 40 years, Rich Lorenz showed up for one last chance to walk the farm with his family, and grab some goodies.
“It’s the way of the world,” he said.
Family members were clearly emotional.
“Very hard to watch,” Glenn DePiero said.
“We used to live across the street. my mom would pull my cousin and I in a little red wagon, and I’d leave kicking and screaming,” Kendall DePiero said.
She said she may do the same when the farm comes to an end.
DePiero’s will be open through the weekend. The family said they are extremely thankful to all of their customers, especially the regulars over the 90 years they have been open.
The property was bought by Wegman’s Supermarket, but the family said they still plan to run a small greenhouse selling plants across the street.