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Ondrush Farm Awaits Corn Harvest, Uncertain Future

The Ondrushes operate a family farm stand on Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel, opposite Town Hall.
The Ondrushes operate a family farm stand on Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel, opposite Town Hall.
Lucille Ondrush said Wednesday that the family farm stand on Crawfords Corner Road across from Holmdel Town Hall is closed, just until the sweet corn is harvested.

But past that, its future is uncertain.

The Ondrush family farms 100 acres at the former Lucent property up the road, now in the hands of Somerset Development. Some they sell, some they feed to their livestock. Already, holes have been dug for soil testing near their crops. Houses and recreational facilities are envisioned for the rolling green landscape. 

"With what's going on at Lucent, we just don't know," said Ondrush, in an interview with Patch on her doorstep. Nobody has spoken with the family about the future of their farming activities there, and so the family does not have a strong sense on whether to invest in another harvest, she said. 

Plus, the deer population has grown out of control on the 400-acre land since the company ceased operations in 2007, she said, and the town is not doing anything to cull the herd. Hunts have been proposed, and tabled. 

"Tell everyone we're fine, and when the corn comes in we'll re-open," she said. "That is, if the deer haven't gotten to it." 

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