Fresh & Fancy Farms Gets Ok to Build on Preserved Land

Zoning board grants variances on greenhouses and barns; remands signage back to county for clarification.

After months of testimony before both the planning and zoning boards, Fresh & Fancy Farms has obtained approval to build on preserved land. 

The zoning board passed a resolution last week approving the to relocate an existing greenhouse, construct a new greenhouse and construct a new 36' x 60' barn with a greenhouse and 12 foot overhang.

Fresh & Fancy's Deed of Easement Conservation, a designation that preserves and protects land from development, means certain restrictions apply to what can be done to the property. 

The board determined that Low's request for variances for the relocation of an existing greenhouse and the construction of a new greenhouse and a barn with a greenhouse is consistent with the deed of easement.

Don Low, owner of Fresh & Fancy Farms, had gone back and forth between the planning and zoning boards and representatives of the Bergen County Farmland Preservation Department of Planning & Economic Development to obtain approvals on the variances. 

According to borough documents, the previous owners of the farm (Klinger family) sold their rights to develop the land to the county and the Borough of New Milford for $326,000.  

The board did not grant Low the variance for the 12 foot high, 6' x 6' double sided sign facing River Road because as board attorney Scott Sproviero argued, the language of the farm deed is "less than clear" when it comes to signs.

The deed specifies that no signs for advertising purposes are permitted; however, Fresh & Fancy Farms asserts that the sign is to "identify" their farm and not to "advertise."

Low is going back to the county to get a determination on signage. 

Debi Klinger July 18, 2012 at 01:55 PM
AML you're awesome!! Thank you!
AML July 18, 2012 at 01:55 PM
To Yak, Perhaps you should have your head examined for such a ludicrous comment! I suggest you go to the library, provided that you know what that structure is, and do some homework to learn about New Milford. Did you know that New Milford is considered the birthplace of Bergen County? Farms have been in New Milford for many, many years, before homes, the apartments, mini-malls, etc They were a fixture in this town before anything else was built. With that said, how can you justify your ridiculous comment...."that's the end of the neighborhood." The farms Were the neighborhood! On the other hand, have you been to the toiwn & planning board meetings to protest the development of the United Water property which will really change the character of this town? I guess you feel that building a 4 story, 220 unit apartment complex with another drive-thru bank & 70, 500 sq foot supermarket will not result in as you put it "the end of the neighborhood.." Oh, for your information, NM does not have anything higher than 2 stories, yet the Hekemian proposal is for 4 stories. Building it next to NM High & the Senior Citizens Center will also not affect the quality of life, & bring down the neighborhood according to you. You have really got your priorities wrong. I say it is time for you either become educated, or, re-educated. I
Debi Klinger July 18, 2012 at 01:57 PM
And you hit the nail on the head, My Dad passed away 3/1/10, which is why the Farm was sold. And we could not have asked for better buyers.....and as far as I know newmilford1967 didnt make an offer on it when it was up for sale.
Em July 18, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I am reading the comments and am in disbelief that people can be so negative! It appears that people need to get a life and take their "happy pills". Is it wrong to be positive and wish the new owners much success, and the past owners,being the Klingers, a happy and peaceful future? It is noone's business why the Klingers sold...and it's not their place to have to justify it. Just take your Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro..etc.. and worry about yourself. Casting stones is so unbecoming!
seahawks2014 July 18, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Well I'm glad that some NM residents can see pasr all the smoke & mirrors at F&F since the town council clearly can't. They sit there as a board of adults to decide major town concerns but came out of this decision looking like a bunch of naïve school girls. Does the council seriously believe that Low isn't going to store Town & Country stuff in that barn? Shirley is correct in all of her statements. As a neighbor in full view of the Fancy operation, I can verify (for you Debi) that there have been over a dozen tractor trailers in the past few months delivering $1000's worth of product bc it is basically a storage facility for the product needed and used by Town & Country Landscaping. Their landscaping trucks are there at least 3+ times a week. And if they have all of this product and sell a few things to the maybe 2 customers they have per day, please explain to me Debi, where all of this product is going if not to T&CL? Last season they trucked in 100% of their product & this year they made an attempt at growing 25% of their product (and that's being generous). I know for a fact that Perrone's grows about 90% of their product, contrary to what Debi & Shaaron are trying to imply. Feel free to go on down to Perrone's and check out the 5200 pots of mums that were just planted or stop in the spring and look at the amazing sight of the 15,000 flats that THEY GROW THEMSELVES, and the neighbors on Asbury can verify that the fields are always planted with hundreds of vegetables.
AML July 18, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Based on your comment, it is obvious that you are either a Perrone, or, someone who has had close dealings with them. You have nothing nice to say about the new owners. You are obviously extremely prejudical towards the new owners since you displayed your entire allegiance to the Perrones, & the details of your report could not have been known to the general public, or, to the people living across the street..,,unless, of course, you have no life & you sit with a pair of binoculars to observe the comings & goings.... Your "sore-loser" attitude shines through your rant. You are being so disrespectful for calling the Zoning Board members a "bunch of naive school girls" because they ruled in favor of the new owner. For your information, that phrase is "old school" & hardly ever used in today's society. Does not everyone in this world deserve a chance to pursue their dream? This is America...the land of the free! If you disagree with this statement, perhaps you should board a flight out of the great USA! . Hmmm, how funny that the only member of the public to dispute the new owners in public at the Zoning Board meetings was Perrone himself! I have attended many Zoning Board meetings, & at the meetings that I have attended, the ONLY ONE TO COME FORWARD TO PROTEST WAS PERRONE...
seahawks2014 July 18, 2012 at 02:48 PM
And I'm actually offended that someone would say that F&F looks better than Klingers did. Mr. Bill did 20 times better of a job at Klingers than anyone at F&F is doing. Don't be fooled just because they put a little paint on the place and put up a cute little sign.
AML July 18, 2012 at 02:57 PM
forgot to mention to seahawks2014...... You stated that you know for a fact that Perrone grows 90% of their product? What scientific basis, or, analysis have you done to come up with that figure? Is it just a wild guess? Or, is it here-say? As I said before, I do not personally know the old owners, or, the new owners...but I find it apalling when people try to "plant fiction" instead of facts to satisy their own personal prejudices, jealousies, and agenda! P.S. Most of the potted plants DO COME FROM OTHER NURSURIES...IF YOU READ THE TAGS YOU WILL SEE!
Debi Klinger July 18, 2012 at 03:03 PM
and AML, If you all only knew what they put my Mother thru after my Father passed, you would all cringe....and they are doing the same to the new owners. I think alot of people are missing the fact that this is preserved farmland, in our little town....something most towns cannot say they have. They are trying to keep it alive as such. I think the worry and negativity should be directed at the water company property. Fresh and Fancy is not going to cause flooding, overcrowding, traffic, or anything of the kind, whether or not they have nursery stock delivered to their farm. They are just trying to make a living, like all of us. I give them credit. The "armchair farmers" out there dont know what hard work it is to actually run a farm day to day, its a 24x7x365 job. They have been doing it, learning each day what works, what doesnt....I challenge anyone who thinks they can do it better, to go ahead and do so.
Debi Klinger July 18, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Oh, and you cant keep nursery stock in a barn....no ventilation or sun.
seahawks2014 July 18, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Well AML please tell me where you get your "scientific basis" for saying that "most of the plants there are bought". I do have close dealings with the Perrone's but why should that matter? And as I said before, go take a look for yourself or talk to the owners, they'll gladly show you or tell you what they've planted. And as for the hanging basket you bought, that is part of the 10-20% that they do not grow there along with the trees and shrubs. And I think it should say something about their honesty and integrity that they didn't take those tags off and try to present a false front that they grew the baskets themselves but left the tag to give credit to the other grower.
seahawks2014 July 18, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Not nursery stock Deb, tents, trucks, and any other shenanigans that he doesn't have room for over at Town & Country Rentals....
Em July 18, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I am failing to see why anyone..the Perrones, customers, or Klingers should care what is in Fresh and Fancy's barn. As long as it's all legal stuff...no meth labs, then why do we care? Am I missing the big point? I see many other things people should care more about...the United Water Property, the election year, expansion of Sanzaris, the field at the middle school, the report card for our schools, etc.. I will say it again...people need to keep their noses where they belong!!worry about yourself...
AML July 18, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Debi, I agree with all that you have said in your posts. It is just too bad that there are many narrow-minded and ignorant people who believe that they are smart, & have all of the answers to everything. They believe that they are the "experts." You and your family, especially your mother, should be proud for surviving all of the emotional toll that you experienced after the death of your father....I know that people can be cruel and self-serving, but in the end you are the true winners! Don't ever forget that! I am sure that your dad is smiling knowing that his farm is in reputable hands!
Debi Klinger July 18, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Who the hell cares if he has some tents in his barn, how does that effect you directly? how does any of this negatively effect anybody? Im so confused as to why this is such a big deal? no one around them, or in town is directly effected by what is in his barn, or how he chooses to raise his plants. OMG really??
AML July 18, 2012 at 04:03 PM
You admitted that you are a close friend of the Perrones. I knew that because is WAS QUITE OBVIOUS IN YOUR PREJUDICIAL RANT, as I am quite savvy and astute! I would bet that your last name is Perrone! FIRSTLY, you incorrectly assumed that I purchased the hanging basket at the new farm. You are such a pathetic and angry individual quick to criticize. I BOUGHT THE HANGING BASKET AT PERRONE'S FARM. I WROTE ANOTHER COMMENT TO CLARIFY MY ORIGINAL STATEMENT BUT YOU ARE SO BLINDED BY RAGE THAT YOU AUTOMATICALLY ASSUMED THAT I BOUGHT IT AT FRESN N FANCY. And of course, your prejedice and hatred shines through again, as you stated that the owners of Fresh N Fancy are dishonest and have no integrity since they pull the tags off. SECONDLY, I asked you the question FIRST about what scientific basis you utilized to arrive at a SPECIFIC FIGURE OF 90%, since you seem to throw out precise figures.in your posts. I used the word "most" if you know how to read. I did not quantify a %. It has been my experience in visiting many nursuries that most of the hanging plants are not grown at the nurseries which sells them. That is a fair statement, unlike yours. THIRDLY, as I said before, Perrone WAS THE ONLY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO SHOWED UP AT THE ZONING BOARD HEARINGS TO PROTEST. WHERE WERE YOU? Were you such a coward that you could not go in front of the public to express your opinion, but now, you can in writing?
Debi Klinger July 18, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Thank you AML, i appreciate that, very much!!...I guess I will leave the rest of the commenting to the "Armchair Farmers of New Milford" for now lol :0) You've been great - thanks again!!
AML July 18, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Seahawks2014 prejudicial rants against the NM Zoning Board and the Fresh N Fancy Farms have done a great disservice to Perrone's Farm. I believe that he is a Perrone. My 28 year streak of going to Perrone's has been broken because of the hostility displayed toward Fresh N Fancy Farms. I have been to Klinger's but not yet to Fresh N Fancy. So, with that said, Fresh N Fancy will be my new go to place and I will surely let all of my friends know (and trust me, I do have a lot of friends) to also patronize Fresh N Fancy and not Perrone's. You are a loose cannon spreading vicious rumours and you should really learn to be civil, and work together with the competition. The Zoning Board members all have full time jobs and devote their free time to hear cases. They do not rant and rave as you do & spew out hateful statements. Get a life!
Denise July 18, 2012 at 04:18 PM
seahawk2014-For Heaven's sake, why don't you & Sussman get together and see if the value of your home will be going down now that F&F is a neighbor of yours. I highly doubt anyone that lived near Klinger's when SOME of their material was trucked in ever gave a flip.
seahawks2014 July 18, 2012 at 05:10 PM
AML I think you might be the one that needs to calm down a bit because YOU are so clearly blinded by rage that you didn't read my statement correctly. I realize you bought the basket from Perrone's and that's why I said it speaks volumes that they are honest with their customers and gave credit to the other grower. You'd also lose the bet that my last name is Perrone...maybe yours is Low? I don't really see how anything I said was a rumor, it's all fact if you want to check up on it. But overall, I can't see why you're all getting so worked up over a silly little internet article, especially enough to get controlling over it and tell your friends where to shop. It won't have much of an effect really....
AML July 18, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Well, at least I have the integrity to apologize if I mis-read your rant! My name is not Low, & for you to say that is is a "silly internet article" speaks volumes for your character! I am simply sticking up for what is righteous, even though as I have stated numerous times, I have yet to patronize the new farm, nor, do I know the new owners. If it were a "silly article" then I guess you were not smart enough to have read it & moved on....you commented various times, so, how "silly" could it have been? At least I was smart enough to have surmised in my first post that you were either a Perrone, or, someone very close to Perrone, as the hatred and prejudice was quite obvious. If it were a "silly: article, you would not have criticized the Zoning Board in such a childish & antiquated fashion by calling them "naive schoolgirls." Why not "naive schoolboys" or "naive" children for that matter? Obviously, you are not well read about the backlash that consumers have shown major companies lately...companies caved in to demands as a result of a loss of income. Do some research on the internet. I will not spell it our for you. The impact is more severe for a small entity. Enough said...time will only tell...I will not waste further time on someone who is extremely prejudicial, narrow-minded, & whines like a baby because the Zoning Board did not see it your way! Maybe if you showed up at the meetings instead of hiding, your opinion would have swayed them??
seahawks2014 July 18, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I commented because similar to you, I was doing what was righteous and not letting you and other commenters wrongfully give Perrone's a bad name over one simple plant tag! Let's not start the childish and antiquated technique of name calling AML. Attacking my character and saying I'm not smart enough is a form of argumentative fallacy. But I guess you already knew that since you're so savvy and astute... Fortunately for Perrone's and F&F, the lands are protected and required to remain farms so either way the business will remain.
Bella July 18, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I wish Fresh & Fancy well, they are nice people and have a nice business there. They treat their customers well and I enjoy the expanded selection they have with more perennials and trees and bushes available. I live in the neighborhood and have had no problems with them.
George S July 18, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I don't understand why there Is always a negative comment about what Perrones is growing when this is an article about Fresh & Fancy! It seems like Klingers has a bitter taste in their mouth towards Perrones. I always thought they were friends.
Shirley July 18, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Wow..... Debi - it certainly does matter what goes in those greenhouses. The land is meant only to be farmed, not to be a cover for a place to store all your stuff that's on property that may soon be developed or bought out. I guess I have a problem with people being less than sincere. Your sarcastic tone may be indicative of other issues that remain in your life. I stated that I wished the Low family well with their farming endeavors....I stand by that statement. This past Christmas was awesome, when they put up the lights and played the Christmas music. I hope we see more of that.
AML July 18, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Well George...I guess that you did not read all of the comments. The negativity and comparisons to Perrone were firstly made by other individuals and Debi's posts were responses to the negative comments. As a matter of fact, Debi stated the following: Not sure what Perrone's farm has to do with this discussion thread....you seem obsessed with Perrone's newmilford1967, every time a fresh and fancy article comes up, you divert to Perrone's. Are you a Perrone? Therefore, your comment stating that the Klingers have a bitter taste is totally baseless!
Denise July 23, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Shirley-What do you think farmers from way back when kept in their barns. Yes, tractors, tillers and all the other equipment they needed to farm THEIR farm......
Joe Petrolia July 24, 2012 at 02:56 PM
What I find amazing is that so many people can decide on so many things for other people. We really need to get back to minding our own business and dealing with our own problems instead of making them for others. Good luck to fresh and fancy farms I hope they do well and as always I hope the Perrone's do well businesses in town we hope to thrive and not compete. They own all that open property in new Milford let's be thankful they want to put a couple silos on it and not a shop right apartment building and a bank. SOD
Em July 24, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Well said Mr. Petrolia! SOD
Love My Cigar and Coffee July 28, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Has anyone ever asked Perrones how much they pay the town for the land in Berkley Woods that they house their mulch piles on? Just sayin


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