On Aug 11, 2013, TownhomeFarm Riverside, MD wrote:
Please be patient reading my review. Like others so much happened in a short time. We thought we had been treated so badly but compared to so many other reviewers he was “nice” to us. This is relative of course.
I used to work for a firm where I asked one of the owners when they gave raises and he spoke to me rudely for the first time "If you do your job you keep your job and if you don't you don't." I had no idea what to say. Anthony Diemo reminds me of this guy.
After looking at the mesmerizing web site, and forgoing our typical customer review search, we called Anthony. My wife called on 9 August and made a tentative appointment for 1PM on 10 August 2013 to pickup 22 trees including 2 pink blueberry trees. I confirmed this by telephone around 8PM on 9 August 2013. On both calls we agreed to the time so it would be after his workers 12-1230 lunchtime and he agreed if we were early we could hang out there.
We arrived after our 3 hour drive at 11AM. The gate was closed and I called the telephone number listed on a sign for calling “now.” It was answered, I explained we were 2 hours early and could go eat somewhere and return, and he said he’d send one of the workers out to open the gate. A work ran across the field to open the gate. We hoped considering the heat it was only his way of doing things.
We followed the worker and parked where indicated. The person I think was the supervisor was helpful and while discussing trees with my wife I asked where the restroom was. He suggested going to the garage and asking. A worker in the garage suggested asking the owner. A voice from the second floor asked “Do you need me?” I answered “I’m unsure if my wife needs you but I’d like to use the restroom.” His response “this is a private residence” just confirming the treatment I’d had a hunch was coming from his telephone demeanor and the nervousness of his workers who kept looking to see if someone was coming. I then walked to the tree line to take a piss, after some service injuries one needs to go often, and he then informed me the neighbors would take pictures and report him to the health department. This is probably true but it also confirmed the neighbors dislike this guy.
By this time we were all together with the workers.
Anthony then started his Flim Flam Man dictation of my wife having tied up 6 of his workers picking trees, the whole thing should take 90 seconds, he had been doing this since he was 16, they were very busy (right, we saw nobody else there), he knew the 6 things (another reviewer wrote them up so I’ll spare you) every buyer wanted, his workers were “stupid robots” that did the same thing every day, he was a millionaire, some other ranting that made little sense, and then directed them to get 22 plants. One of the workers, speaking Spanish as I believe they all did, said something and Anthony told us they were out of pink blueberries, which as you recall he assured us they had plenty of, and “did we want the plants or not?” He then told my wife “You called me. I didn’t call you. Do you want them or not? You are wasting my time. We are very busy. I should be on the phone making thousands instead of talking to you. Do you want them or not?” During all this I was a bit dumbfounded and thought due to my illness, which he knew of but still denied letting me use the bathroom (thanks from all military men and women including those that visited you), I must be hearing and seeing things. I wasn’t. This is a man that dislikes what he does, dislikes people, and dislikes himself. He was rude to us, to his staff, and I can only assume he is cash only because the credit card firms have had so many filed cases against him he’s been cut off.
His poor business practices and treatment of people is a great reason to STAY AWAY. Anthony if your trees grew $10 bills we will never go back. We will tell everyone we know not to buy from you. Based on our review and those of so many others you should get some help man
I wish we read the comments before we purchased 2100 blueberry bushes. We just left DiMeos fruit farm and i have to say it was the worst experience of my life. I cant tell you how our plants will do because we are on our 7 hour drive home and we havent planted them yet. Mr. DImeo is an awful person and business owner. I intend on reporting home to the better business bureai and contacting state officials on his discriminating remarks on his employees. Was told if we bought today we would receive a free mexican to plant our bushes. This man screamed at us and degraded us. He should not have a business. We went tnere and was excited to spend sometime. All i can say is please take your money some where else. Do not let this man stay in business. Hopefully our.plsnts do well..
We need another 3000 plants but will not be purchaseing from DiMeos. I hope.to never ever have contact with them.
On Jul 23, 2013, CillaM Elkins Park United States wrote:
After a year of thinking about making the trek over to the "blue berry capital of the world" hammonton nj to get hard to find organic & heirloom blue berry plants, I made the trip. I was very excited!
When I arrive to the farm later getting cash, the man who owns the house, again emerges to help us. Initially seeming decent, interested in where we came from. I tell him what we were hoping for: a container plant and maybe a sampling for the supposed 36 varieties of heirloom blueberry plants. He interrupts me to say he knows exactly what I want and rattles of 6 things people tend to want from blue berry plants, since he's been doing this since age 12. I say ok that's probably right. He starts getting into how he doesn't have time for this as he has a bunch of things to do and wedding. He says hates retail and so do all his family members. They make nothing from these small transactions. This is like breakfast for them, he continues. He says he is used to trucks loading huge orders for plants. . I said," well we're only going to take maybe 10 minutes of your time." I ask if it's ok to get some raspberry plants or maybe even the grape vines, mentioned on the website as well. He says, well were only going to do the 5 blueberry plants. ( He's getting really impatient for only 3 minutes of talking!) I ask him instead, about the a variety of plants that bloom at different parts of the season( as mentioned on the website, ask about their al variety seasonal pack or something to that effect), that's ok we do just the blueberry. He gives us one plant and tells my companion to load it in the car and proceeds to pick another, but no explanation about anything. I ask, "is this one going to bloom later ?". He goes into details of how he doesn't have time for this again. And I say, "I'm not sure what is going on, but we're really not nor planning on taking more your time and you're being a little rude". He take the plants back and says we should probably leave. I say that's fine, but I definitely reporting you to the Better Business Bureau." He says," Bad, reviews don't bother me.. and something about how he is such a successful businessman." He continues that, I should just leave his property right now... I catch him taking a picture of my license plate. I catch at picture of him in motion on the farm. He tries to force me to delete the photo...yes it got that wierd.
- End result: Long drive, no plants and total disappointment! Are they lying about these 36 variety heirloom blue berry plants, or what? I literally got no information about anything during those 5 crazy minutes. Not even about the age, type or anything of the plants I was looking at, which he wanted to sell me. No details about early blooming plants verses the late. Whether it would work to container garden their variety.
Not what I expected from an organic farmer... or any business person for that matter.
I ordered 1300 1 1/2 year old rooted blueberry bush cuttings from Dimeo Blueberry farm in October 2012. They raised their price from what is quoted on their site from 1.95 to 2.35. I notice that they are still quoting the 1.95 on their site. I was charged around $400 for shipping. They were sent with U.S. postal service with no tracking number and no notice of when they were shipped. They need to be planted immediately upon arrival. Their shipping method makes it really hard when you don't know when they will arrive. However my wife and I and one very good friend worked 24 hours in two days to get them planted and watered. Oh, and they paid about $30 shipping. It is now June 25th, 2013 we have about 50 dead plants and the rest of the field are struggling. I have read and watched Dimeo's entire website for specific instructions on how to care for the plants, but couldn't find the answers I needed. So, as they repeatedly say on the site call with any questions, we want to make you successful. That is not what I found. Horrible customer service and absolute arrogant rudeness is the best way to characterize Michael Dimeo. He refused to answer even the most basic question about fertilizer, yelled over the phone insisting all the answers are on their site. Then he hung up on me after I listened to many heated words from him and then I had a few of my own. Do yourself a favor do not do business with Dimeo.
On Jun 23, 2013, aeritter Chino Hills United States wrote:
I ordered blueberry plants from them. They arrived bare root, with actually hardly any root at all. The plants were folded over in the box. I planted them according to the instructions and they immediately started to die. I have nothing to show for my money, and after reading the other reviews on this company, I can see it would be useless to try to get my money back. I can see why they only accept their money up front and don't take credit cards now.
On Jun 22, 2013, meganzappa Los Angeles, CA wrote:
I bought 10 blueberry plants for a father's day gift. I specifically asked the sales rep if the weather was conducive to planting upon arrival. Of course she said yes. After two weeks, my plants arrived and were planted (PROPERLY) immediately. PH of our soil is perfect and we have watered them carefully. (Our original 3 other blueberry plants have been thriving for years.)
Half of the plants have died. After SEVERAL unreturned phone calls, I finally got hold of the owner of the farm who proceeded to talk over me and brag about how many people supposedly fly there from around the world to purchase his lovely plants and why didn't I just drive there in the first place? I live in LA.. He was incoherent and slurring his speech. He told me he was tired from farming all day in the heat. After repeatedly asking how to remedy this situation he offered nothing but advice such as, "next time, pick up your plants instead of having us ship them." When I asked why I wasn't notified of the 'No Guarantee' clause, he said it was listed on their website. I informed him that I didn't order through the website and that I phoned in my order. Clearly, I was chasing my tail. He said that the only way I could change the outcome would be to come to the farm with an assault rifle. What an idiot.
Suffice it to say that I would NEVER EVER PURCHASE FROM DIMEO AGAIN. I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing.
On Jun 22, 2013, SadBlueberry Conyngham, PA wrote:
If you have purchased or plan to purchase NO GMO Organic Blueberry Plants from Di Meo Fruit Farmers, please read the comments from Dave's Garden website. Those who know me can attest to my continued endorsement of an organic approach to life. My extended family and I have been growing organic fruits and vegetables for four generations! We are prolific growers providing our immediate family with fruits and vegetables every season. The blueberry bushes from DiMeo Fruit Farm were less than stellar specimens of fruit bearing plants! I contacted the farm via their facebook page three times, left messages on their company answering machine to no avail. Today I spoke to a customer service representative to no avail. The experience with Di Meo Fruit Farms was not only disturbing from a customer service standpoint, but as organic farmers professing a community of growers providing an environment of nurturing both the Earth and those we feed...well I am speechless. Nasty Nasty folks at Di Meo!!!!! Maybe the mail order offer from the farm is not the most ideal way to purchase '3-4 ft twig bluebery plants'
Nasty, awful people. Dont even bother calling. The guy who took the phone practically yelled at me, then hung up. I'd have thought it was a prank call, except that I called them! I guess they really dont need anyone's business at all, or just hate their vocation.
Glad I didn't buy their junk after reading all the other horrible reviews about dead plants and similar nasty treatment.
I ordered 10 Blueberry plants from DiMeo Farms. They have an appealing website- Organic, non GMO, Family farm with beautiful Hardy plants that will be enjoyed for years. I purchased 10 plants at $10.00 a piece, they were to be 3-4 ft tall bearing fruit, ready to go. It cost me close to $50.00 for shipping. I thought since they would have to expedite the shipping for live plants and they were 3-4 feet tall $50.00 was reasonable.
I received several weeks later from the post office a small box of 10 dried out sticks. A few green leaves with shriveled blueberries 2- Possibly 3 ft long. They were almost dead at arrival. It took me an email, and several phone calls to finally get an answer. The owner Mr DiMeo called one evening, and spoke with my husband. He was talking to him in a mocking, sarcastic manner. My husband initially couldn't hear who it was calling, and when he asked for him to repeat who was calling, Mr DiMeo slowed his speech down to a ridiculous speed, as though my husband was slow. Then he told him he was returning my call, and was just very rude throughout the conversation.
I finally reached someone today, a woman. I explained how I just paid $150.00 for Blueberry bushes, and they arrived dead. She read me a disclaimer about once they leave their farm they are no longer responsible. I started to ask a question, she cut me off said "Thank- you- Good bye. and hung up the phone.
So much for customer service, so much for my $150.00 investment in blueberry plants.
I submitted a complaint to the better business bureau, and I am posting my experience here. Hopefully it will prevent someone else from getting ripped off. If anyone that has any ideas on how to get our money back, I would love to hear them.
On May 2, 2013, Blueberry_Hell Sharon Hill, PA wrote:
Not the Blueberry Hill of Fat's Domino. You won't find your thrill at Dimeo's - unless you like being abused
Well, it seems we've joined the ranks of blueberry enthusiasts who were drawn in by the Dimeo website and youtube videos, only to be verbally assaulted and driven away, stunned and reeling in a state of utter disbelief over the entire experience of visiting the Dimeo farm.
I don’t even know where to begin in describing the horrible treatment we received. We being: me 70 yrs old, my 72 yr old husband, our 50 year old organic/wholefood nutrition counselor daughter and her 21 yr old daughter, an avid ecologist and agriculturalist, recently graduated from Green Mountain College in Vermont. We were so happy to be taking the 1.5 hour drive to Hammonton, NJ to buy 6 “organic, 4 foot, quarter sized blueberry bushes” and had no idea that we would soon be entering the bizarre world of an aggressive, narcissistic, psycho who scoffed at us when we dared to call him on his scary behavior.
It began as soon as we pulled up and parked. He came out of a garage like building with an angry expression and his hands held up like a traffic cop. My husband, who drove us there, had stepped out of the truck to introduce himself and my daughter was on her way around the truck to do the same. I was about to get out when Dimeo, with the demeanor of a guerrilla commando, ordered us to “Stop! Get back in the truck!” When my husband explained that we had an appointment he said in a mocking tone, “yeah, yeah.” and then said “just follow me. I’m going to walk in front of your truck and you’re going to follow me.” We did what we were told and looked at each other in disbelief as if we were in the twilight zone.
We only drove a short distance when he signaled us to stop. My husband got out. I opened my door in the back seat of the truck and said “This seems more like a military compound than a blueberry farm.” He glared at me. It gave me the creeps. He then started asking us what variety we wanted and rapidly recited a list of varieties. He handed my husband a sheet of paper with a business card attached which my husband placed on the front seat. We told him we wanted 6 of the 4′ quarter-sized plants that would give us fruit all summer – that’s what the website said we would get for $10.00 per bush. You should know that all of this time his expression was one of anger and his attitude extremely condescending and intimidating. He asked us where we wanted them. We laughed. DId he think we were going to drive home holding them in our laps?
I told him that his website said we would be instructed on the best way to plant and care for the bushes. He sneered and said “The time I spent doing that I could be on the phone making $25,000.00.” My daughter said, “So much for customer service.” His face got ugly and with a tone dripping sarcasm he said “Sorry I can’t give you more of myself.” She said, “Oh, that’s okay. I think we’ve had enough of you already.” At that he said “Get of here. And to my husband, “Give me my paper back and get off my property.” My husband reached into the truck, crumpled up the paper and threw it at him. Dimeo pulled out his cell phone and took a picture of our license plate.
As we drove away my granddaughter said “I had less trouble getting through check points in Mexico. Something’s not quite right about this place. There’s a piece missing from this puzzle.”
We were in shock for most of the ride home. Thinking no one would ever believe our story if they hadn’t actually witnessed the experience themselves, as soon as I got home I googled DImeo Blueberry Farm and found this site. We all gathered around the computer and took turns reading the reviews aloud to each other, gasping, eyes wide with amazement to find each negative review almost identical to our own experience.
Something has to be done about this guy. I think there is more to this than meets the eye. But, who can you trust?
On Apr 21, 2013, HersheyFarmer Elizabethtown, PA wrote:
In my 52 years I don’t think I have ever experienced such a horrifying event of customer service. We truly believed what their website expressed and that is why we chose to go to DiMeo farms. Their website says come on over and we will spend time with you and teach you what you need to know about blueberry farming. So we arrived after a 3 hour drive. The young lady we placed the order with greeted us and was very nice. We waited about 10 minutes and the owner who shall remain nameless came over. In a 10 minute period he yelled at the migrant workers for pulling too many plants. Told us he hated doing retail and just wanted to get out of it. He told us they could not identify which varieties our 3 yr. old plants were. We were just expected to take them and be happy. He ranted that his surveyor had left and we were just holding him up to more important things he had to do. We had come with a small notebook with about 10 questions. When I asked him if we could talk with him, he looked at me like I had grown a 3rd head and said I don’t have time for this. Then he went over and picked up their one page ad and said everything you need to know is on here.
I can’t even begin to explain in that short period of time how incredibly rude he was. I think DiMeo’s would be even richer if they hired a front man for that operation. I was in such shock that we just got in our car and left without a receipt. When I came home that night I posted on their facebook page about the beyond bad experience. The next day I decided to call their office for my receipt. Mr Dimeo introduced himself on the phone and proceeded to tell me he was going to sue me for slander and that he had sent my information to his attorney. We had to pay cash for our plants, so you have to wonder about that. After this we researched reviews on this place and WOW , what we found was not at all good. Just the same day we were there we found an identical experience from another man. My heart goes out to you Pioneer Farming. DO NOT BUY FROM THESE PEOPLE IF YOU EXPECT TO BE TREATED WITH COMMON DECENCY.
PS they delete anything from FaceBook they don't like so don't look there for reviews
On Apr 18, 2013, PioneerFarming Flemington, NJ wrote:
The nastiest and most obnoxious commercial interaction I have ever had was at DiMeo Farms in Hammonton, NJ. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS MERCHANT.
I drove 1.5 hours and was really looking forward to buying local and supporting New Jersey agriculture. As I drove to the farm through the blueberry fields of New Jersey I was really excited to be buying blueberry bushes with true New Jersey provenance for my dream-fulfilling home orchard/garden. However, I found Anthony DiMeo III to be the single most rude, loathsome and noxious merchant I have ever dealt with, and I've lived in New York and New Jersey all my life.
When I arrived at the farm, I opened the car door to look around and soak it all in, and within 5 seconds, literally, he yelled at me to come over to him, demanding I give him my variety choice immediately. I said, "well - I'd like an early variety, a..." he stopped me and barked "I'm a millionaire, and a 4th generation farmer, and I don't need small sales like you ! !" [honestly now - what is the psychological profile of a person who says that at all, much less within 10 seconds of meeting someone...] I said I was considering the following 5 varieties (x.y.z...) and he spit out "you can only have 3 varieties," dripping with venom and condescension. I was speechless. He then ordered me to drive my car over to some location, and I did. I stated my 3 varieties. He WOULD NOT let me choose the individual bushes [so much for the happy-face fantasy portrayed on the farm's website] , directing his worker to choose for me, who chose spindly single or double branched plants. The worker started roughly bending branches and shoving them into my car. I protested, and said I would load them myself: "just let me pay, and I will load them myself". He again repeated, pathologically - "I am a millionaire, a 4th generation farmer, and i don't have time for this ! !" At one point in his psychotic tirade I asked him "have I said or done something to insult you?" I told him that I had just driven 1.5 hours to support local agriculture, because I wanted to put cash into the hands of a New Jersey farmer. I then asked him to point out which of the bushes were which variety (they are unlabeled) , as his worker had just thrown them together into one group. With complete exasperation he said "are you kidding?" and refused to do so.
I've only covered the highlights of the abusive 10 minutes I spent at this place; there's much, much more. Finally, I had enough and told him "I can't believe I just drove so far to do business with such a #$@#$%", and we terminated the transaction mutually. If this guy had bushes that produced 24K berries, I wouldn't buy from him. A rude, arrogant, dismissive, insulting, psych job.
He obviously hates his job and hates his customers. If he really has all the money he claims, he should do one of two things - hire someone to front for him and interact with the customers, or just get the hell out of any business that involves human contact.
If this guy is really the 4th generation on that farm, he should put a tachometer on his ancestor's graves, because they're doing about 5,000 RPM right now, over how he's treating his customers.
I do have to thank him for one thing - he did all of this in front of my 18 year old son, who was completely flabbergasted and appalled by this jerk's behavior. At one point, DiMeo made my son so uncomfortable that he sought refuge in the car. It provided for a teachable discussion on the way home, much like my late junkie cousin did over the years.
Anthony Dimeo is abrasive and unprofessional. He's off colored comments like … just get ‘little Jose” to dig the holes for you, plus others where shocking. and his "I have a college degree" were more some cry for his reason to be an ahole - so when did getting a college degree allow you to be an ahole and treat people like crud - treat people like you want to be treated.
I’m sure their other family members are wishing to get rid of this guy. I would be embarrassed if this guy had my family name. I wouldn’t let this guy wash my car or let alone my dog. Time to remove this guy from the ‘professional’ gene pool he thinks he is in. This guy is single handily taking down a legacy family business that his grandfather built on hard work, integrity, and good people skills. Hey A.D. - You have a public website, you are posting YouTube videos and selling a business opportunity to people/consumers, who do you think are planting “you pick it” farms? – who the heck do you think will be calling? Yank this guy’s college degree and ‘human’ card.
Everyone out there – think about why he doesn’t want to take credit cards? Because he knows that you can reverse the charges. Do not send a check, or money order without a written signed guarantee!
On Mar 29, 2013, Flowergirl61 Asbury Park, NJ wrote:
My friend and I had driven over an hour and a half to get to the DiMeo Farms to pick up our blueberry plants. We arrived at our appt. time and waited about 10 minutes before we were helped. Two workers came out to help us. They were very nice and told us about another blueberry plant we were interested in. We were about 3/4 done with the deal when the owner came very abruptly over to us and insisted we hurry up. He went on to explain that he has a meeting soon with a wholesaler and that he makes a lot of money doing a wholesale business. Also that he doesn't make much from selling individually. This made for a very uncomfortable situation and prolonged the interaction as my friend and I called him on his rudeness and lack of patience. We were fine dealing with the two workers until he came over and hurried us along rudely. At one point he got so inpatient that he told the workers to remove the plants that they had placed on the truck. We insisted that since we had driven all this way that we were not going to leave empty handed. No customer should ever have to put up with that kind of treatment... I found the owner to be insolent, rude, disrespectful and extremely inpatient. This made for a very negative and stressful experience. I will never buy nor recommend that anyone buy from DiMeo's!!!
Dodged a bullet. Didn't know about Dave's Watchdog or these other negative comments. Found DiMeo's website and left a message that I was a home gardner looking for two blueberry bushes. Person calling back introduced himself as Mr. DiMeo. Told me he wanted to take big orders. Didn't like small orders. Tried to talk me into 10. Finally said he would sell me 5. Said he thought he'd stop selling retail because he didn't like being on the phone with people like me who had only small orders. He said he wanted to deal only with big orders then he transferred me to Jennifer to take my order. Lucky for me they don't take credit cards or I might have sealed the deal. (Jennifer was polite, but Mr. DiMeo-or the person claiming to be him- was...well, there is no way I could recommend doing business with him, especially since his website says he wants customers like me. Awful.)
Don't believe Dimeo BS Farms, their front page says 4' plants and they send you much less.......... . Don't just call them like they want you to on their website, they use that tactic to get you to purchase without telling you on the phone that the plants will not be 4'. I tried to contact them by email giving them the chance to make the order right. I thought that maybe it was a new employee had packed the order and did not know what they were doing. No returned email, 1 week and a few days later I called Mr. Dimeo himself. He made up excuse and excuses. He thought it was good business to send inferior plants. There was one that was almost the 4' but was still short by 8". The rest were 24-28"!! no where near the 48" on the website. In 40 years in the nursery trade and dealing with hundreds of nurseries I have never been ripped off, but Mr.Dimeo has set the industry back. I would suggest that you find your plants else where. Most nurseries out there will send you what the say they will, just don't believe Mr. Dimeo. Most nurseries out there are good honest businesses. Buy from them. HE (Mr. Dimeo) said that he had my address and that I should not make a complaint. ?
JANUARY 27 2013 I ordered the 3 year old 4 foot blueberry plants the plants I ordered the 3 year old 4foot NOT 2 FOOT MAX I ordered 6 plants at $10.00 each with shipping of $37.12 total cost $97.12 TOTAL COST OF SHIPPING $14.00 OVER CHARGE $23.12 SHIPPING BOTIOME LINE IS DO NOT BUY FROM DIMEO`S FARMS YOU WILL BE RIPPED OFF
After reading all the comments on Dimeo farms all the negatives seem to mirror my experience and the positives seem to be the opinion of Mr. Dimeo himself that don't represent any of the ways he treats his customers. I ordered plants in October and never hear from them until January when they called out of the blue on my cell phone and I happened to be in a bad location to take the call. I tried to tell him I would call him back on a land line in 2 minutes but instead of understanding, I was told that I should not be buying blueberry bushes that I needed to get a better cell phone company. I was told my plants would take 7 to 10 days and to make sure the post office didn't kill them, obviously they have this problem a lot and blame it on the postal service, and that was my shipping decision of 7 to 10 days. There was no offer of next day shipping nor a upgrade in shipping, only sarcastic comments about phone service and insults about being southern whenever possible.
My plants are nowhere to be seen and dealing with this particular individual, not the nice girl that took my order, is impossible because someone dumped a septic tank in his mouth and I has leaked throughout his head. Ignore all positive comments because i am sure they are coming from Mr. Dimeo himself not true customers.
As far as ordering from this company, just to let you know they have no refund policy, no guarantee on shipping, and they offer not even a speck of customer service. They announce everywhere they can online, except their web site, that they do not response to BBB complaints. If you buy from them you have been warned.
My blog with the details of this experience is here: secretgardenblessings.wordpress.com
I spent $1700 on 100 blueberry and 100 blackchoke berry bushes. Any basic questions I asked Dimeo about the plants, I was told by the rude guy on the phone who'd been doing the job for 27 years that "get your check in the mail or the prices are going up" or "oh, let me guess this is New Mexico". I was taken aback by the attitude of the guy who was answering the telephone. I held off on sending any money. I called back a month later and spoke to Shannon who was not as rude at first or at least NOTuntil I sent the check and it cleared, that Shannon became as rude if not ruder that the guy. Having to piece bits and pieces of information together of what either of them had told me as I never got a straight answer ever from any of them, I received a 12 inch box on my doorstep when I expected a box the size of a refrigerator with no phone call stating the plants were on their way. I was expecting the 3 yr old blackchoke berry bushes not the 1 /1/2 yr old blueberry bushes which were suppose to arrive in Mar 2013 which were 4 nches tall. When I called to figure out what was going on, the only answer I got from Shannon was "you recieved what you ordered" and when I asked why I hadn"t recieved a courtesy call saying the plants were on the way she rudely states "well I'm telling you now they were sent". I told Shannon I was not happy with them because they were suppose to call and didn't. I thought geez, I spend $10 a bush for twigs, not to mention the laughter and harrassment I got from my own family members and friends. I planted them but don't know if they'll survive. One week later I get a notice from the post office that I had 3 leaky perishable boxes ready for pick up. I had no idea what they were. I didn't even bother to ask what they were they were from Dimeo, I just planted them, I was sick of not getting any answer to any of my questions. I was given absolutely no telephone calls like I was told and was expecting. Futhermore both sets of plant shipments contained only 99 plants each. I was jipped 1 plant each time. One evening I called Dimeo and left a message that I'd been jipped 1 plant. Shannon returns my call the next day to confirm the address of where to ship the 1 plant. When I inquired about both shipments, she denied that Dimeo ever sent me any blueberry plants, only the Blackchole berry bushes I ordered and that the blueberry bushes I ordered would still be coming in the mail in March 2013, like I ordered. Sure!! We can only hope.
I contacted a lawyer here in New Mexico and he states that "there is not law against rude customer service but if Dimeo does not send me the blueberry bushes in March 2013 per our written contract, then they are in breach of contract" and I could take them to court in New Jersey.
Otherwise, I can file a complaint with the BBB or attorney general of the state.
Which I hope is what everyone is doing already.
i only wish i had read these before placing my order with dimeo. same complaints as above. Charged $93 for shipping. Actual shipping cost $11.89. 3 y/o Plants NOT 4' tall - 1.5' - 2' max. 20% Dead on arrival. No markings of which are early, late blooming. A total Waste of $$.
I'm broken-hearted over the loss of my future Blueberry Farm. Anthony Dimeo is a professional salesman. He'll tell you everything you want to hear, take your money and under-deliver. In March I ordered 1800 plants in the 18 month old category to the tune of $5200. I was told my plants would be 12-18 inches tall and would grow so fast that I'd be in business the following year! My shipping costs were $1600 and he told me my plants would be dug and put on a plane same day to be overnighted to me in Walla Walla , WA. Dimeo accepted both my checks before shipping 3 weeks later. I received no RECEIPT or invoice of any kind! My plants arrived labeled in 3 separate boxes by USPS and the actual shipping came to $85.00. And I had to physically go pick them up at my post office! For $1600.00, what a scam. My plants were bare root with minimal gel in a plastic baggy. The size of plants were mostly 4-6inches, a few in the 8-12inch category. Nothing was 18". My plants were cuttings taken in the fall, dipped in rooting hormone, placed in sand, and then sold to me in March. The roots were the size of my thumbnail. Tell me, who operates a U-Pick farm on 12 inch plants in one year? I called to ask questions and a sweet calm girl answered with " I have no idea what Anthony promised you". She stated the shipping cost had more to do with the wage for the guys digging and packing the product. What happened to overnite air? 5 months later I estimate about 25% of my plants still alive. With $10,000. invested into a new farm- plants, irrigation, deer fence, 90 bales of peat moss, soil acidifier, fertilizer, and tools- it's the largest retail purchase ever with absolutely no recourse. I wish someone in the state of NJ would put a stop to this scam! No one should ever buy mail order from Dimeo Farms!
I ordered the 3 year old '4 foot' blueberry plants for home delivery. I ordered 5 plants at $10 each with shipping of $28.56 - total of $78.56. I live in NJ but this is down in South Jersey, so the cost of gas would be more than the shipping charge.
The plant was shipped out on 9/21 and arrived at my house on 9/24. My wife called me on the phone to say i had a 24 inch box delivered by regular mail. Remember, these were supposed to be 4 foot plants....
When I got home from work I opened the box to find 5 dried, brown, shriveled up plants with about 2 inches of root in a little baggy with some gel around them.
I soaked the roots in water for 1 hour and planted them promptly based on the instructions per the website, knowing full well that I had minimal chance of these things living. I watered them regularly to keep the roots moist and waited. Within 3 days it was quite obvious these plants were not surviving.
Here's the scoop: I paid $78.56 for 5 dead plants. They do not take credit card - only check - so there is no recourse with the credit card company. They cash the check first before shipping so you can't put a stop on the check.
I called their company and spoke with a young woman there who was actually very polite. Everything I brought up, from the misleading of the plant size to the plants being dead when I arrived, was met with "our policy is stated on the website".
Bottome line is DO NOT BUY FROM DiMEO's. You will be ripped off and there is no recourse other than to spread the word.
Posted on July 28, 2011, updated September 28, 2012
Posted on July 28, 2011, updated July 28, 2011
Posted on June 10, 2011, updated July 28, 2011
I never thought I would write a negative review about a 'family' farm since I work in my family's business, but someone has to say something about the service at Dimeo Fruit Farms.
I ordered 100 blueberry plants and they arrived as scheduled but unmarked ( I ordered 2 different varieties ) and I was way overcharged for shipping. The actual shipping charges were $7.00 and I was charged $30.00.
I tried several times to contact them via email & their web site with no response.
From my experience with them I would recommend avoiding them
since they provide no customer service, yes they sell plants cheap, but you may never know what you have planted.
On July 28th, 2011, chester215 added the following:
Just an update on the condition of the plants after a few months.
About 1/2 of them have died because they had no root system to begin with.
Some have have new leaves but a majority of the remaining ones do not. They are in perfect soil for blueberries and are watered by a drip irrigation system.
Please don't say I am an inexperienced person when it comes to plants either, Ii have a degree from an agricultural college In New England and enjoy growing many types of plants. I am also growing blueberry plants from other vendors and not a single plant from then has died.
I am not a competitor, or someone that takes lightly leaving negative feedback for anyone. But when a company's product is substandard, weather it is blueberry plants or a computer I think we should write reviews that negative ( or positive ) for those that are considering purchasing the same product.On July 28th, 2011, chester215 added the following:
I also wrote a negative review on merchantcircle.com which disappeared within 24 hours of it being posted. Someone must have the ability to remove the negative ratings on that website and others which is the only reason I can think of that they may be highly rated on other web sites.On September 28th, 2012, chester215 added the following:
I just received an order from Hartmann's Plant Company to replace all of the ones that have died over the past 2 years and seeing the difference in the plants for almost the same price I highly recommend Hartmann's Plant Company, check them out.
It appears to me that with Dimeo Farms, most mail-order customers are generally not happy, but most of the walk-up customers are. I think that these videos below will make it evident why most of the mail-order customers are not satisfied with their order. Make sure to watch the second video as a comparison to the first.
Here is a link to a video of the un-boxing of 16 plants from Dimeo Farms. These are what they advertise as their 3 year old plants. These plants came in 1 small box. http://youtu.be/sXKQVkLjxwQ
Now, in contrast to that, here is a video of the un-boxing of 12 plants from True Vine Ranch (http://www.TrueVineRanch.com). These are what they advertise as their 3 year old, 3-4 foot plants. These plants came in 2 separate boxes that weighed 44 pounds. http://youtu.be/Z9Ba9DHhhU8
On Sep 19, 2012, lmdunlap407 West Grove, PA wrote:
This is a Jekyll and Hyde experience! There is a sweet, nice person that takes your phone orders and is very helpful. HOWEVER, the owner is a NUTCASE. He spent 3 minutes yelling at me about how he wouldn't pay credit card fees and how he was a millionaire running a multi-million dollar business and that I was wasting his time. I had the nerve to want to use a debit card to get the order moving... and boy I got told off!
THEN - the sweet girl calls you back over and over again to see if you still want their plants (still calling).
Read the other comments here - it's pretty crazy. I ended up going to True Vine Ranch and got 3' blueberries that are actually 3' tall! Great experience with them.
Posted on October 5, 2010, updated August 11, 2012
Posted on July 12, 2010, updated October 5, 2010
At the end of May, 2010 I sent my check to DiMeo Farms for 42 "PREMIUM" "SUPER HARDY" (their terms not mine) plants and was quoted a price of $10.00 per plant and $158.57 for shipping. Their web site shows a photo of plants that appear to be about 3' tall with main stems about 1/2" thick with the caption: "3 year old premium Blueberry plants for sale". I asked for the name of the freight carrier and the pro # as I assumed these 3' tall plants would be potted and shipped on a pallet. What I received about 2 weeks later was a box 2' x 2' x 1' containing 42 twigs with maybe 1/8" diameter main stems, which were 8"-10" tall with minimal bare roots wrapped in a plastic bag and rubber band.
I was shocked at how small they were compared with the web site photo and the advertising proclaiming "3 year old plants", "Super hardy", "Premium" etc. I immediately soaked them in water and planted them per the instructions the same day.
I noticed the postage on the box was $21.40 and contacted DiMeo questioning why I had been charged $158.00 for shipping when the actual postage was only $21.40. The response was that the extra $137.17 was for "packing, boxing, boxes, materials". This is the most absurd answer I have ever heard as the box itself is about $1.79 (source Uline), plastic bags are about $.80 (source Uline) and the rubber bands are about $.25 (source Staples), so for $3.00 in "materials" I was charged $137.17 AND received really crummy plants with 19 of the 42 plants dead after one month in the ground.
Believe me, I am not a competitor, but an average home owner in Latham, NY who was hoping to have a nice 3' high blueberry hedge on one side of my yard and what I got was a total rip off as far as plants and a major over charge which the owner refuses to make right. Should anyone doubt my facts I will gladly provide photos. I would stay away from this supplier and warn others of these problems
On October 5th, 2010, wedigindirt added the following:
Update 10-5-10. I read with skepticism comments by others about receiving wonderful lush 3' high plants, etc. The 42 plants that I spent nearly $600.00 on arrived as tiny twigs with very minimal roots. So the owner either ripped me off by sending me his worst plants or other "supposed' customers are telling unreal stories. After 4 months I have only 9 of the original 42 plants still alive and the living plants are still only about 12" tall. The plants are well cared for and planted with lots of peat moss. I would urge real customers to avoid this grower.On August 11th, 2012, wedigindirt added the following:
Allow me to update and repeat what a bad experience this was. Of the 42 "twigs" I received from DiMeo 2 years ago only two are still alive and are still very small with no fruit. Planted in the same location are plants from a different grower, Waters Blueberry Farm, which have done very well and produced nice fruit this year. Don't be another person ripped off by DiMeo.
I have received my plants in more than two weeks after my check was CASHED.
After awaiting of about 10 days I tried to call farm and to find out when exactly my order was shipped just to know when to expect it.
They could not say, but a man I was talking to acted like he was either crazy or under influence.....He started raising his voice from start.
At least they marked where was a BUNCH of blueberries and where a BUNCH of blackberries and raspberries. This was a first time for me, so I would not know. I still do not know which one is what, since I've ordered different names of each berry. If, for instance, one is better than the other, I will not know which one to order again (if ever).
Those plants which had leaves, most of leaves were dry. And plants are tiny for a 3 y.o.
Maybe it is normal, but will see after I plant them.
I am also not sure if it is normal that roots came bare, with no soil on them. Just a plastic bag.
They send using the cheapest way Parcel Post, and do not even provide a tracking number that customer could monitor plants arrival and make plans for planting in advance.
I have ordered some other plants from different farm in California. Their shipping was less, even though they sent plants in sealed pots with soil, used UPS and accepted credit cards.
DON'T BY FROM DIMEO UNLESS YOU WANT LOTS OF AGGRAVATION - bought 15 Blueberry Plant... 5 each of 3 different kinds. 8 for my farm and 6 for a friend of mine. When I receive them they are unlabeled. I called DiMeo (very hard to get a hold of) and asked how do I tell which plants are which. They told me if I did not ask for labels then they do not label. Who would think you have to ask for the products you purchased to be identifiable. I do not even know if I received the correct plants. All the woman on the phone would say is let me read you the policy. I don't want to hear the policy...I just want to know if what I bought is what was shipped. There are many Blueberry Farms out there. I recommend Nourse Berry Farm - http://www.noursefarms.com They ship in a timely manner and label their products... They also answer their phone.
But NOT to buy plants. Go for the show. You will be hard pressed to find this kind of crazy outside of a New York City subway. The owner (or at least frontman) is clearly insane.
The shifty eyes, limp handshake, rote irrelevant speeches. Whoa. Just whoa. If you're lucky he might even chase you to your car, "video tape" you and snap a picture of your license plate, threatening, "I have your address, now!"
He's bonkers. In fact, it seemed pretty clear that he was high on cocaine, as well.
Our friendly visit to the farm nearly escalated to a physical confrontation because this man was dangerously threatening and waaaay in my space. My husband and I were STUNNED with how out of touch with reality this guy was.
Like I said...whoa.
He is well known with other growers in the area who get all the business he chases away, because, after all...
HE'S A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE? FOUR GENERATIONS OF SUCCESS! HE DOESN'T NEED YOUR BUSINESS!
Posted on May 26, 2012, updated May 26, 2012
DO NOT SEND THIS GUY A CHECK.he does not take credit cards so there is no recourse for the consumer.He stole 78.00 from me. we never got any product at all.He cashed our check and sent us nothing.I made a complaint with the bbb,in which he has an f rating.When i was trying to work it out with the rude owner he ask me what i was out,,after i told him he said ,,,78.00,,i spent that on breakfast....i am done,DO NOT SEND THIS GUY MONEY.
On May 25th, 2012, troynavajo added the following:
VKSYSTACOM...i too will call nj attorney general please stay in touch on this link,,,anyone else with similiar problems please follow suit....
I too have had a very bad experience! Last fall I purchased 10 blueberry plants. I had our soil tested by MSU and did exactly as I was told as far as soil ph goes. I recieved the plants and planted them EXACTLY to directions. They began to wilt within aprox. 10 days. I called the farm and was told to cut them in half immediately...which I did. I was told this past week by a gardener that it was the worst thing I could have done...I don't know if this is true or not. I e-mailed the farm about 2 weeks ago and told them that it appeared that the plants had died and unlike some who have posted I did not recieve a reply. This morning I called the farm and explained to them that all my plants had died and they went on to tell me they weren't responsible. I said "Then I'm out of luck getting my $100 back?" and the reply was "Yes" Geeze Even wal-mart gives a one year guarantee. I would be very carful purchasing anything from this farm. I'd suggest to just go to your local gardening store and get the guarantee.
On May 10, 2012, bmarks2 EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ wrote:
Below is the actual email I sent the clowns at Dimeo Farms which describes my experiences with them this spring.... Of course they said they would look into the matter, but havent gotten back to me...How surprising.
Yes, I am an actual customer! There is no fabrication here! Do yourself a favor - stay away from this company!
My email follows:
"This spring I decided to expand my home garden by adding some blueberry and raspberry plants to the mix. I began searching the web for a credible place to purchase the stock when I came upon the DiMeo Farms website. Judging by the long family history, as well as the thorough website I thought this certainly seemed like a caring, and knowledgeable place to make my purchase.
Wow! Can looks be deceiving. As I quickly learned, the experience viewing the website is far more enjoyable then actually showing up at the farm to pick up your plants. On each of my visits I was met (not greeted) by a little guy, I assume the owner of the farm?? This person was not only sarcastic and arrogant, but downright rude. I was rushed to pick out my plants and leave. There was no friendly farmer advice, no planting tips, nothing. Just a weak handshake and an attitude of pay and get out - "I'm busy". On my last (and final) visit he asked me to wait in my car for almost 20 minutes while he paraded around the farm removing surveyor stakes and pausing to water some stock. This after I arrived at the pre-determined time he told me to be there. Horrible, horrible customer service.
In my job, I work with approximately 3000 people. I began asking around and found others that had similarly bad experiences with DiMeo Farms, and all with the same person in question. Folks indicated that they planned on posting to forums and such to warn others of their experiences. Word of mouth about this place is certainly beginning to spread.
In closing, I truly cannot understand how a business owner would put so much time and effort in creating his blueberry farm extravaganza then turn around and treat his customers with such disrespect? Especially after touting that your a fourth generation farmer. I cant imagine the other generations treated their customers that way. Goes to show you - don't believe everything you read on the Internet. If you don't like dealing with people, hire someone to do that for you.
I am sure this email will fall on "deaf ears", but just perhaps it will serve as a reminder that your customers should be valued - regardless if they are purchasing 10 or 1000 plants. "
Here is the classic case of a young kid with a degree in Marketing who has taken over the family business and is "overpromising and underdelivering," bordering on deceptive advertising. His ancestors who worked so hard to establish the company's reputation must be turning over in their graves.
I will NEVER order from them again, and will tell everyone I know (including State Agriculture/Extension office personnel) about his lousy product, service, and company attitude.
All of us who bought over the internet, paid with checks (they don't take credit cards) with good intentions, and received product like this were scammed.
And we're impotent to do anything about it.
On April 27th, 2012, vksystacom added the following:
Today, I sent to the New Jersey Attorney General both a Consumer Complaint form as well as a letter requesting a formal investigation of DiMeo's deceptive business practices. Based on the number and nature of the complaints in this and other forums, I understand that I am not the only customer to have been severely disappointed (to put it mildly) by this company's products and practices. I have requested a full refund of $148.56 for the plants and shipping costs. I will post the results of the investigation ad complaint when they are completed.
I called to ask a few questions and place an order with this company. I spoke with a Man who later identified himself as the multi-million dollar owner. He quickly gave me a quote of 12 plants and shipping. I asked him a few simple questions about his blueberries and he got very impatient and rude. The entire phone call was no more than 10 minutes, eight of which he was telling me how superior his company and blueberries are and how rich and busy he is. I wanted to get a price for raspberries but he kept running his mouth being very rude. He asked me if I was going to place an order or not and I said I wanted to but I still had a question (about the raspberries). He cut me off and assumed it was something else not letting me get another word in. He went on telling me that he has hundreds of phone calls a day and that I should place my order with one of the poor incompetent blueberry farmers who need the business. Then he hung up on me. I was absolutely astonished at his conduct! No doubt all the phone calls he gets everyday are mostly complaints. I found it interesting that before I read all the comments here, DiMeo Farms wrote two paragraphs about the negative comments below stating among other things, that we are "Haters but we really hate ourselves..etc." that these are fabricated horror stories" Blah, Blah, Blah, coming from a man who has to reap the consequences for his bad attitude. They also stated that they try their best to make everyone happy! Hah! I would think that you as a company would spend more time taking care of your customers and making sure that your customer service resolves negative experiences rather than bash people for posting about your horrible personality defect. The man I spoke to was the most arrogant, uncouth, and unhappy person I have ever had the misfortune of having a conversation with. I will never order from them nor will I let anyone I know place an order with them either.
On Apr 23, 2012, kkillmeyer Chesterfield, NH wrote:
DO NOT BUY from this company!! Last April 2011 I purchased 12 blueberry and 5 black chokeberry bushes. I was extremely upset when they arrived as they had practically no roots at all and absolutely no soil around the roots. Instead, they came with a gel substance wrapped around the bottom of the plant. The plant was more what I would call a "stick", had very few leaves on them, and were much smaller than they advertise. Additionally, the blueberry plants were not marked as to what variety so I had no idea which plants were which variety. My husband and I planted them immediately after getting them in the mail and made sure to follow the directions from the Dimeo Farms website. We made sure the plants got plenty of water throughout last summer, but it was obvious they were not going to make it. Unfortunately, the $257 I spent went down the tubes and I sure do wish I had just picked up plants from our local supermarket that looked 90% more healthy and were a third cheaper. What a waste!
I ordered from Dimeo Farms, and it has been a total NIGHTMARE! I sent them a check, it was cashed, and some weeks passed. Their representatives assured me in 4 follow-up conversations over the course of the following month, that the order could be completed in full.
A total of Seven weeks later I recieve a call, angrily demanding the names of only 3 plant varietes (instead of 8), I was refferred to their company policy. It says they can send you whatever plants they choose, all orders are final, and that they could send you an elephant if they wanted... Basically, THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THEY NEED TO SEND YOU WHAT YOU ORDER AND PAY FOR.
The owner Anthony Dimeo is interuptive, and personally insulting.. told me "you are not a man" and will hang up on you before you get a chance to speak. Completely ridiculous conduct on the phone, NO PROFFESIONALISM! He will insult you if your order is too small, or rip you off when your order is enough money that he decides to keep it, concious free of course because he has the almighty "policy" to alleviate the responsibility of honoring typed orders. If they have no intention of honoring it, why do they even ask for an order form in the first place?
DiMeo's "policy" could be circumvented by providing a download-able contract to be sent and signed with the order, but then you have to be an accountable company! This is all a set up, a totally ghetto system so that they can slack off, make their money, and send any old plants they have laying around.
*CHOOSE A DIFFERENT PLANT NURSERY!!!
***Notice: The Owners Frequent Posts, in numerous venues, in an attempt to hide the numerous negative reviews. This is because when you run a business that DOES NOT CARE about it's customers at all, the word gets out, and people get pissed. It is necessary for him (owner) to do this, but he does not realize that he wouldn't have to if he simply treated people with a little decency.