Tony Russo Farmers Marketing Award
2016 Recipient - Grasso Girls Farm and Market, Mullica Hill, NJ
Grasso Girls Farm Market, a family owned business since 1924, is owned and operated by Mary Grasso-Shiles and her brothers Rosario “Hoss” Grasso and Fred Grasso. Along with Mary’s daughter, Erica, and Fred’s son, Michael, the family actively farms 568 acres in Gloucester County, NJ. The farm primarily operated as a wholesale business, until, in 2002, Mary Lynn’s two daughters and five nieces begged to open a little vegetable stand in front of the farm.
The girls ran the market, and by 2006, a decision was made to build a permanent structure to operate a retail market. The fourth generation family of farmers grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and honey sold at their two markets and also provide Jersey-fresh eggs, as well as various jams, jellies, bedding plants and dressings and Wagon House Winery wine. The family now operates two very active direct farm markets, one in Mullica Hill and one in West Deptford, which was recently built on preserved farmland purchased by the family.
As they expanded with the new market, response from the West Deptford residents was astounding. In a township that only has two active farms, their customers are so appreciative to be able to buy local produce. In appreciation of their customers support, Erica planned a grand opening party in June complete with free food, games and wagon rides.
The family is actively engaged in the Gloucester County Board of Agriculture, Young Farmers and Ranchers and our Farmers Against Hunger Program.
The New Jersey Agricultural Society is honored to present the Tony Russo Farmers Marketing Award to Grasso Girls Farm Market.