Sweet potatoes are deeply woven into the "roots" of Muzzarelli Farms' history, and we've been growing sweet potatoes for over 80 years. While our family-owned and operated Vineland, NJ farm raises more than two dozen varieties of fruits and vegetables, we still take tremendous pride in growing, harvesting and curing our sweet potatoes.
Muzzarelli Farms sweet potatoes are certified organic, cultivated by our proven, proprietary process, hand-harvested, and farm cured to extend shelf life and provide richer, more fragrant flavor. It's no wonder Muzzarelli Farms sweet potatoes are sought after by customers in Vineland NJ, the entire state of New Jersey, and the entire country!
Sweet potatoes are the perfect food when you're looking for something delicious and healthy in Vineland, New Jersey. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, they're anti-inflammatory, they help regulate blood pressure, they support weight loss, and they can be cooked in a variety of ways.
At Muzzarelli Farms in Vineland, New Jersey, our Certified Organic Sweet Potatoes are selected, planted, sorted, sized, and packed by hand.
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These sweet potatoes make a wonderful gift.
While most sweet potato growers, packers and shippers offer a single variety to their customers, Muzzarelli Farms offers three varieties at our Vineland, NJ farm, each with its own unique taste and appearance.
Most people picture vibrant orange potatoes when thinking about sweet potatoes, but there are other varieties as well, featuring different colors and flavors with which you can experiment to enhance your meals or inspire your customers to try something new!
Covington sweet potatoes are the "classic" orange sweet potato we all know and love. Covington sweet potatoes have a hearty but bright taste, are ideal for any season or meal, and are suited for both raw and cooked applications, including mashing, baking and roasting. They can be used raw and shredded over salads, or they can be baked or roasted in traditional sweet potato casseroles and served as a stand-alone side dish. Covington sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and fiber. The rich, sweet, orange flesh is moist and creamy, with incredible flavor. Muzzarelli Farms Covington sweet potatoes grown right here in Vineland, New Jersey can be enjoyed for months, as they store well.
Bonita sweet potatoes are very sweet, considered by many to be the sweetest, most delicately flavored sweet potatoes they've ever tasted. They make great sweet potato fries! The ghostly white Bonita sweet potato looks nothing like its golden-orange cousins, but has a sweet flavor as unique as its unusual white skin and flesh. They're irresistible when roasted, grilled, baked, boiled or fried. They're also an excellent source of fiber and potassium.
Murasaki sweet potatoes are a beautiful rich purple color which can brighten up any plate. This white-fleshed, elongated sweet potato cultivar is not usually available at most Vineland farms. The texture and flavor of Murasaki sweet potatoes are sometimes described as a cross between Russet potatoes and orange sweet potatoes. They have a nutty-sweet flavor that falls somewhere between the sweetness of Covington sweet potatoes and the raw earthiness of Russet potatoes. With a wide variety of culinary applications, Murasaki sweet potatoes can elevate the taste of even simple mashed potatoes or French fries. Murasaki sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
We begin planting our sweet potato crops at our Vineland, New Jersey farm in early May. The Muzzarelli's are no strangers to hard work and dedication. Following a strict regimen provided by our proven process, Charlie Muzzarelli insisted the micro-propagation must expand, so he implemented a steadfast system of ensuring only the best sweet potato plants be used. As part of this plan, the system of no more than two generations of the same plant strain would be used in the growing of sweet potatoes at Muzzarelli Farms in Vineland.
Slips (rooted sprouts from a mature sweet potato) are very carefully selected and nurtured. Transplanting of the slips requires a level of expertise and precise handling that comes with years of experience and dedication.
Harvesting generally takes 95 to 120 days from planting, so our sweet potatoes are ready for harvesting at our Vineland farm around September. We use a plow to turn up the roots to the top of the soil, where the sweet potatoes are harvested by hand to avoid damaging their delicate skin.
After harvesting, we begin curing the sweet potatoes at our Vineland location. This extends their shelf life by sealing in moisture, but also enhances their flavor. Curing activates enzymes (called "maltose sugars") that sweeten the potato, providing a richer, more fragrant flavor. The process of curing typically takes up to ten days, and helps heal any damage done to the sweet potato during harvest. It's a long, extra step, but this helps us get the most out of our Jersey Fresh sweet potatoes.
Muzzarelli Farms uses a unique process of curing sweet potatoes in an environmentally controlled facility here in Vineland, NJ that yields a near-field quality product for up to one year after harvest.
The process of sweet potato curing and storing more than 200,000 bushels makes certain Muzzarelli Farms can offer the highest quality sweet potatoes for Vineland, New Jersey, and the entire United States!
Once the sweet potatoes are ready for packing, the 20,000 sq.ft. packing facility at Muzzarelli Farms in Vineland, New Jersey springs into action sizing, grading and packing at a rate of 20 cases per minute!
After our sweet potatoes are finished with the curing process, they are ready for storing. The process of storing requires six to eight weeks to steep sugar production in our already-cured potatoes. This will help lengthen shelf life and provide an even richer flavor in the end.
Once you get your sweet potatoes home, store them in a cool, dark, dry environment to ensure they're at peak sweetness for when you're ready to cook with them. When stored correctly, they can last up to six months, and even 12 months!