The holidays lend themselves to reflective moments when we long for tradition and reminisce about simpler times and old-fashioned family gatherings. It’s a wonderful season to visit DePiero Farms on Summit Avenue in Montvale.
A family farm for three generations, DePiero’s was established in 1924 when Tammy (DePiero) Palmieri’s grandfather bought the land, and the family is looking forward to its 100th anniversary in 2024.
“We were a very close family, growing up on the farm,” says Tammy, whose oldest brother, Glen, manages the business. Over the years, various homes were built on the property, and each family member lived on the farm at some point in their lives. Tammy still lives there today.
Covering 15 acres in Montvale, the retail produce farm market sources the highest quality fruits and vegetables from Pennsylvania as well as other local growers. The apples are from New York state farms. Additional weekly trips to Hunts Point Market ensure that only the best produce appears at DePiero’s.
“Pies are baked using our own produce in the recipes,” remarks Tammy. “We also have 12-14 greenhouses where we grow annual plants and garden flowers; we grow our own hydrangeas for Easter, and poinsettias for Christmas.”
Visit DePieros for homegrown chrysanthemums, pumpkins, gourds, and cornstalks during the fall season. As Christmas draws near, it’s the best location to pick up your Christmas trees, wreaths, remembrance blankets, kissing balls, swags, mantel pieces, and poinsettias.
Living and working on a farm inspires poignant memories—especially during the holidays. “My mom and dad did so much for us growing up,” says Tammy. “They provided an amazing childhood. My siblings and I are so thankful for all their hard work—17-hour days, seven days a week. They are not with us anymore, and that’s sad. But farming allows us to give back to the community. It means so much to us.”
"Farming allows us to give back to the community."