Fairfield is a township in the farthest northwestern area of Essex County. Fairfield is also the least densely populated town in the County. Europeans settled here and called the area Gansegat, which is Dutch for “duck’s pond”. Later it became part of Horse Neck and officially part of Newark Township.
What is now Fairfield today, was previously formed in 1798, as Caldwell Township from portions of Acquackanonk Township and Newark Township. It was incorporated as one of New Jersey’s initial townships by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798 and named in honor of Rev. James Caldwell.
In November 1963, Caldwell Township was renamed as Fairfield Township, based on the results of a referendum passed. Fairfield was reincorporated as a borough in June 1964. In 1978, the borough passed a referendum reincorporating itself as a township, becoming the second of more than a dozen Essex County municipalities to reclassify themselves as townships in order take advantage of federal revenue sharing policies that allocated townships a greater share of government aid to municipalities on a per capita basis.
It consists of a 20 acre track of land on the border of Essex and Passaic Counties. Fairfield Farms was originally a 35 acre tract of land devoted to growing vegetables. Of that 35 acres, today 20 acres remain with 8 greenhouses producing many beautiful flowers in the spring time.
Fairfield Farms in Essex County is a family owned and operated farm for almost 100 years just minutes from Paterson, Newark and New York City. Activities include kid-friendly hayrides, pumpkin picking, a family-friendly corn maze, a hay-play area for younger children and a hay mountain and giant slide for older kids.
Their refreshment stand offers hot dogs and various snacks, including apple cider doughnuts, fresh fruit pies, local honey and homemade jams. During the week the farm conducts field trips for pre-school through second grade children. They also host birthday parties and corporate outings during the week and on weekends. Jersey fresh produce including corn, tomatoes and peaches are available from mid-September to mid-October and fresh Jersey apples throughout the fall season. In the summer, they offer a wide variety of Jersey fresh produce. In the fall, they host several family fall festival attractions.
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