Food

Nutritious, buffet-style meals with lots of options

Healthy eating is important at Appel Farm, so we strive to offer nutritional and balanced meals daily. A nutritionist-approved menu includes vegetarian and allergy-friendly options at ever meal. Locally grown fresh fruits & vegetables are a part of every meal and our protein-rich (tofu, chick peas, eggs, etc.) salad bar features veggies from our on-site organic garden, when available. Our top-choice meats and milks are hormone-free, and we don’t serve any pork products. We offer soy milk, Lactaid, soy nut butter, and gluten-free breads and pastas for those campers with allergies. Our Executive Chef strives to prepare food in healthy ways by baking grilling, or roasting all entrees. We don’t even own a fryer!

  • Air-conditioned dining hall for all meals
  • Lots of choices everyday
  • Nutritious menu with options for vegetarians, picky eaters and special diets

 
Campers husk corn from our organic garden

Fresh, organic produce

One of the best parts of being in the heart of the Garden State is the fantastic organic garden that flourishes right outside the Dining Hall each summer. Campers are often seen carrying bushels of fresh produce directly from the garden into the kitchen, and with each harvest, our chef incorporates fresh corn, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, green beans, snap peas, cucumbers, melons, and herbs into meals and salad bars.
 
 

Gluten-free menu available

Worried about your child being on a special-diet while away from home? Have you held back from a sleep away camp experience because you just weren’t sure there would be enough options?

Now, in addition to vegetarian and vegan menu items, we are proud to offer a gluten-free menu. We call it gluten-friendly — you’ll call it a life-saver!

Your child’s health is important to us, and to our meal preparation team. Our chefs are certified in gluten-free food preparation, and they’ve got lots of creative meal plans to make sure camp meals are enjoyable. Your child will leave the stress and anxiety at home, and simply enjoy the meals that everyone else is eating.

Tasty rice pasta, a daily hot soup, healthy quinoa and gluten-free bread and cereal are staples on the menu. Delicious chicken nuggets, wraps, bagels and so much more will make the dining experience fun. Gluten-free desserts will also be served, and your child can bring their own foods to supplement.

Allergic to dairy? Soy milk, tofu, beans, soy nut butter, fruit, granola, seeds and nuts all add up to a healthy diet for everyone. The bountiful fresh salad bar is presented every day and is nut-free. One table is designated as peanut-free.

Snacks are served in the afternoon & evening

Campers may stop by the Dining Hall or Pavilion between minors at 3:30 PM for a couple of cookies and a piece of fresh fruit. After the evening activity at 8:30 PM, campers may come to the Dining Hall to relax and socialize with friends and enjoy a snack such as soft pretzels, granola bars, popcorn, or cheese crackers.