EDITOR’S NOTE: BOTH FARMS ARE STILL OPEN FOR DRIVE-UP TULIP PURCHASES, THE CLOSURE JUST AFFECTS THE DRIVE THROUGH TOUR OFFERED BY THE FARMS.
SWEDESBORO-This weekend, the Swedesboro Dalton tulip farm was allowed to host a drive-through experience that brought much joy to many in New Jersey, but was ordered by Governor Phil Murphy’s administration to cease operations after 7 pm on Sunday.
HOLLAND RIDGE FARM
The move comes two days after the state shut down the Holland Ridge tulip farm drive through on Friday.
Despite the closure, hundreds of people waited on long lines in Cream Ridge at the Holland Ridge farm on Saturday and Sunday, many in a show of solidarity for the owners and in defiance of Governor Phil Murphy’s administration. The drive-through experience is a safe one and has a much lower risk of spreading COVID-19 than a trip to your local WaWa to buy milk and bread, but it’s non-essential according to Governor Phil Murphy. The company is still open for sales, but the drive-through farm event has been shut down.
Non essential business, or is it? One New Jersey boy proved that the drive-through tulip farm experience is essential to children in New Jersey, especially those already fighting serious diseases, cancer and the disabled who have been confined to their homes for more than a month.
Now, Dalton Farms is being forced to cancel this week’s smiles and order refunds as it has fallen under the axe of Murphy’s Law.
“As of 7 pm we were ordered to cease all operations by an Assistant Prosecutor from the State of New Jersey,” the company said in a statement. “For those who had purchased tickets for Monday-Wednesday we will be working to refund all tickets for those dates. We’re heartbroken to get this news in the middle of the day and would like to thank all those who came out over the last few weeks.”
“We hope to see everyone in Sept for Sunflowers,” the company said.