a vestige of Bernards Township's agricultural heritage, is closed, and the property is actively being marketed for sale or for rent, said Eric Nahm, real estate broker and owner of RE/MAX Suburban Lifestyles Realty.
The farm stand had been operating since 1996, said Nahm, whose office is based in Bernardsville. It closed last December, and did not reopen this season, Nahm added on Thursday.
The township's requirements are that the use of the property at 3281 Valley Road should be limited to farm stand use and related products, with food service or convenience stores considered off limits, he said.
However, Nahm said he would be interested in hearing what the members of the public would like to see at that location.
This family-owned and operated Marion Farms, at the intersection with Acken Road, had sold fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, fresh flowers, homemade pies, seasonal items and more.
Hanging baskets and potted plants had lined the exterior of the shop while the interior of the store was set up with round stands displaying the current selection fruits and vegetables. Seasonal gifts, like ceramic Halloween cats and pumpkins, were found on shelves, and fresh flowers also were located in the back of the store.
Includes house, but farm long gone
The farm that grew produce to be sold at the stand has long been sold off, Nahm added on Thursday. However, he said the 1.1-acre property includes a house renovated in 2009.
So what would you like to see at that location? Do you think expecting another farm stand to move in there is realistic? Do you think it would attract enough business?
Do you miss the pies or other specialties sold at Marion Farms?
Let us know what you envision for the now-vacant farmstand during the next phase of life for the property.