Medford farm balances family activities with COVID-19 precautions

Johnson's Corner Farm in Medford has adopted new safety measures.
Photo credit Owen Blemleck/Johnson's Corner Farm
By KYW Newsradio 1060
MEDFORD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Summertime is one of Johnson's Corner Farm's busiest times of the year. For more than six decades the family farm has sold fresh fruit, vegetables and farm fresh meals. It has also provided family entertainment like hayrides, seasonal activities like egg hunts, and a sunflower stroll where you can pick your own sunflowers in mid-July.

In light of the pandemic, the company, while maintaining its summertime traditions, has limited some family activities and taken on more safety precautions with the activities that still remain on tap.

Johnson's worker Owen Blemleck said, "This year we're only doing birthday parties in a small capacity and we've had to cancel all of our camp trips and company picnics up until September, when we started booking again.”

Barnyard rides and other activities for kids, as well blueberry picking, are done with safety measures in place.

Blemleck described the new normal at Johnson's as "a little bit different now. You do have to wear a mask when you're in the barnyard. Kids under 2 years old do not per the guidelines that we've been given, but everywhere else, when they're playing on the playground, they're wearing masks and we're constantly wiping down our equipment."

You can still go inside the store to purchase food and treats. Wearing masks and gloves are required.

Even though there have been some limitations on the events at the farm, what has grown, added Blemleck, is the full online store and contactless pickup. 

"All you have to do is order your groceries online, get everything you need and drive up to the market in the drive-thru lanes," he explained. "We'll come to your car and put everything in the car."

Blemleck said the farm has a lot of space to plan special events, but suggested calling ahead for availability or checking online.