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Posted 6/20/2017 5:00pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 2; PICKUP Wed 6/21, 1-6 pm OR Sat 6/24, 9 am-2 pm.

 

ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP… Lettuce (red/greens), Spinach, Arugula, Kale (curly/Italian types), Chard, Cucumbers, Zucchini (green/yellow), Carrots, Beets, Kohlrabi, Turnips, Garlic Scapes. MIX AND MATCH options!

 

PICK YOUR OWN… Peas – Basic (smaller) 1 pint; Harvester (larger) 1 quart. Extras for sale.  Blueberries, $1.75/lb.

  

EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE…

  • Fresh baked breads, hand pies and baked goods; Hammerbacher, EHC.
  • Pasta, homemade (in smaller chest freezer); Red Room Café, Ventnor.
  • Chicken sausages (in larger, upright freezer); Griggstown Farm, Princeton.
  • Farm fresh eggs; Cycle Farm, EHC. 
  • Cheeses – aged gouda, ricotta and mozzarella; Fulper Farms, Lambertville.

See you on the Farm!

Posted 6/13/2017 9:59am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA WEEK 1: PICKUP WED 6/14, 1-6 PM; SAT 6/17, 9AM-2 PM.  Please pick up shares BEFORE closing; give yourself time for gathering your share and pick your own during Farm Shop hours.  Much appreciated!  

BLUEBERRIES, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: 8AM-4PM, MON-SUN.  Extended hours Wed until 6PM for CSA members picking up shares.  HOW DOES IT WORK?  Grab a can from inside the barn (or at the house garage if CSA barn closed).  Pick from marked rows only; we grow 2 varieties that mature at different times.  $1.75/lb.  

 

ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP… 9-10 crops to choose from: Spinach, Kale, Swiss chard, Carrots, Lettuce, Zucchini, Kohlrabi, Turnips, Garlic scapes. AND U-pick blueberries! AND maybe U-pick Peas (game time decision).  

 

HOW DOES PICKUP WORK? Please review Member Agreement.  In short – bring a bag; follow signs for parking; check in at barn and confirm your share size (Basic labeled RED, Harvester labeled GREEN); check U-Pick available (most members prefer to do this first, then pack their shares so they don’t have bags sitting around or in the car); all crops will be labeled with what it is and how much you can take.  Help yourself and staff will be around to assist.  

  

CSA Member Gift – Paid in Full (by MAY 1 deadline) AND Returning members – grab a bag, and thank you for your support!  

CSA Payment Due.  Please pay online via "Member Portal" link OR in Farm Shop during pickup – if you need to make other arrangements, please let me know.  And thank you for your payment.   

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale…

  • Fresh baked/artisan Breads, Hand pies (filled with our veggies), assorted baked goods; Hammerbacher, EHC.
  • Pasta, fresh/homemade; Red Room Café, Ventnor. 
  • Chicken Sausage, assorted varieties; Griggstown Farm, Princeton.
  • Cheeses, farm fresh – Mozzarella, Ricotta, Gouda; Fulper Farms, Lambertville. 
  • Eggs, free range (and they eat our veggie scraps)! Cycle Farms, EHC.
  • T-shirts – show off your farm!

See you on the Farm!

Posted 6/5/2017 3:44pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Opens next week; pick up Wed Jun 14th/Sat 17th

Soooo close to opening this week…but a few crops need another week.

 

Crops to Expect, Week 1: Lettuce (tender spring mix, butterheads, red and green leaf), Spinach, Kale (ground hog approved), Carrots (might be our best carrot crop ever!), Garlic scapes, Kohlrabi, Swiss chard. Zucchini and Beets a good possibility too. 

  

Pick-Your-Own: Peas and Green beans and Blueberries growing on nice – I’ll have a better idea on harvest next week.   

 

I will be in touch as we near opening day with further updates.  The crew is working hard to make our CSA a success – they are great and I could not pull it off without their help.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the farm.

 

Posted 5/24/2017 4:35pm by Jennifer Lamonaca.

Hello CSA and welcome spring! We are much looking forward to seeing our CSA members on the farm soon. Lots planted in the fields, and the greenhouse is bursting with more. The weather has been amazing and we have been in the greenhouse and fields every day since March preparing for another CSA season. I have not been in the office much up until this week (2.5 inches of rain and hopefully no more!). I'm not complaining though, we are off to a great start!  

 

OUR STAFF… we are so fortunate to have dedicated staff come back year after year, and to hire eager, young blood - Stockton U interns digging in! This job is tough; they work hard all season to bring food to the table and help make this farm a success. Love you guys!

   

EQUIPMENT AND LAND...  Farm efficiency has gone up significantly with a new tractor, a mulch layer to help keep weeds down and a transplanter (shown here).  All things better for the employees and crops.  More land means more work so we upgraded our production system accordingly. Very excited!  

OPENING DAY... early June; CSA Week 1 pick-up tentatively Wed June 7th/Sat June 10th. AND What Crops?  Early on, you can expect: greens… spinach, lettuce, kale, swiss chard, arugula; roots… carrots and beets; cucumbers; zucchini; salad and sandwich toppers… radish and spring turnips; and CSA oddities… kohlrabi and garlic scapes.  Also Pick-Your-Own:  peas, green beans, flowers and herbs. Won't be long!

FARM MARKETS... we are trying our hand at opening the farm sooner than June; a spring market is a good place to experiment with early crops and scheduling versus opening the CSA too soon with not enough diversity.  Craving farm veggies now? – check us out at Linwood Central Square – Saturdays 9-1.  Help spread the love! The CSA is my priority and I love doing it and I love being on the farm.  So we are using the markets to market ourselves and expand the CSA. Tell friends and family to visit us at the Galloway Green Market this summer/fall.

CSA PAYMENTS DUE... if you have not sent in your final payment, kindly do so before 1st pick-up. Not yet joined for 2017?  We have space available - 2 sized shares - small and large shares. Visit the “Member Portal” link on the website to check your member status and make a payment. Any questions about CSA – give me a call or email. 

COMMUNITY NEWS… Pick-Your-Own STRAWBERRIES Saul’s Father and Son Farm

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ bbfarmsnj for farm photos and other shenanigans!  

Farmer Jen

Posted 11/21/2016 4:00pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Thanksgiving shares @ B&B Farms (orders only, no extras for sale).  

WHEN?  Pick up orders Tues 11/22, 1-5 pm.  If you are unable to pick up during this time, please send a friend to do so, we cannot hold orders for another day or time. 

WHERE? B&B Farms CSA

WHAT?

  • CSA veggies (prepacked box): Brussel sprouts (1lb), Winter squash (2 butternut, 1 delicata); Cauliflower (1-2 heads, depends on weight), Broccoli (1.25 lbs.), Leeks (1 bu), Garlic (2 heads), Carrots (1 bu equivalent), Potatoes (4 lbs. reds/whites), Cabbage (red, 2 small heads), Spinach (1lb), Kale (1 bu equivalent), Fennel (1-2 heads, depends on weight), Cranberries (1 pint).  Extras for sale?  No; all crops have been distributed equally among all orders. 
  • Hammerbacher pies.
  • Turkeys (Cycle Farms), and 
  • Griggstown Farms orders.

Complimentary coffee and cookies – warm up with a hot cup and a snack.  Meet and greet our new farm dog, Iggy!  

See you on the farm.

Posted 11/10/2016 10:23am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Thanksgiving Shares on Sale - Jersey Fresh!

OPTIONS: 

  • B&B Farms CSA - VEGGIE BOX (prepacked, about 1 bushel full). 
  • Hammerbacher - PIES, FRESH BAKED (CranApple Crumble, Pumpkin and Apple). 
  • Griggstown Farms - POTPIES (turkey and veggie), CHICKEN SAUSAGES (Granny Smith Apple and Broccoli Rabe).
  • Cycle Farms - TURKEY, FARM FRESH.  <15 lbs, 15-20 lbs, >20 lbs. Pricing average $4.50/lb Contact farmer Melanie to place orders direct cyclefarms@gmail.com. Please specify pickup location - either with us or at Cycle Farms.

TAKING ORDERS: THURS 11/10 – THURS 11/17 (or until sold out).

PICKUP ORDERS: TUES 11/22; either @ Hammerbacher OR B&B Farms 1-5 pm - location weather dependent.  As we get close to pickup, we will let you know and perhaps extend hours until 7 pm if at Hammerbacher.  

CLICK HERE FOR THANKSGIVING DETAILS AND ORDERING.

 

More Community... 

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Posted 10/18/2016 5:32pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 19; final pick up for the season. Wed 10/19, 1-6 OR Sat 10/22, 9-2.  Followed by our End of Season Farm To Table Dinner.

On the Table in Farm Shop… Stock up the pantry with Potatoes (red/whites), Sweet potatoes, Garlic and Winter squash (butternut, buttercup, delicata, sweet dumpling). Greens – Lettuce, Spinach, Kale and Chard.  Also, Cabbage, Broccoli, Carrots, Peppers, Beets and Turnips.  Pick-Your-Own Herbs – make a nice kitchen bouquet for the counter, or freeze/dry.   

Cranberries – Simons Berry Farm, Tabernacle – a CSA thank you gift for being a part of our season; grab a pint and recipe book. Wrapped in our B&B Farms 30th anniversary labels (from years ago when we packed blueberries).  I think I am going to frame one! We love our CSA customers; your support is much appreciated.   

Coffee – Boardwalk Beans, Pleasantville.  Serving free samples and selling full pours!  Beans/ground coffee for sale too; featuring fair trade and organic.  A roasty, toasty sendoff to the season!  

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale…

  • Fresh Baked Hammerbacher – breads, pies and other goods.  Paul and Lauren, thank you for going the extra mile for us; we look forward to working together and expanding our farm vision.  Your talent, energy and commitment to community are admired.    
  • Griggstown FarmsLast chance for Griggstown products (we are stocked up for the last Shop). Potpies (chicken, beef, veggie). Chicken sausage (broccoli rabe, sun dried tomato, granny smith apple).  My winter is not complete without a freezer full of Griggstown!
  • Cheese – cheddar, Dodges Market.  Makes a good mac and cheese. 
  • Eggs – Cycle Farms.  Thank you farmer Melanie for your hard work and being a part of another CSA season.  We had hoped for more chickens and a pork sale, but as the season goes, Mother Nature had interrupted our plans.  We applaud your efforts!  

HARVEST DINNER, SUN OCT 23RD, 4-7 pm @ B&B Farms CSA – Hammerbacher preparing an outstanding menu –  CSA staff will be serving up appetizers, followed by a generous buffet dinner.  Desserts and coffee too.  BYOB.  Music by Laney Jones.  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.   

CSA SHARES – 2017 memberships open for renewals and new members – help us spread the word and continue to grow our CSA!  Your upfront payment helps us in many ways to keep our small family farm in business and thriving.  We thank you for being a part of this farm journey with us.  CLICK HERE FOR CSA SHARES.   

See you on the Farm. 

Posted 10/17/2016 11:09am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
Harvest Dinner @ B&B Farms CSA
As the sun sets on our CSA season, we hope you can join us for our End of Season Harvest Celebration. Experience creative farm food prepared with love, live music in the fields and farm friends all around the table!    
  • Sun, Oct 23rd; 4-7 pm.  
  • appetizer hour and buffet dinner/dessert by Hammerbacher; BYOB
  • Live Music: by Laney Jones
  • Tickets: $45/adult, kids (under 10) $20. 
  • RSVP by Wed, Oct 19th.  Seating is limited to CSA members and a guest.
 
CSA Shares on Sale, 2017 memberships
SHARE OPTIONS: 
  • THE HARVESTER, $579 - Family sized; feeds 3-4 people, or a veggie loving couple.  Renewing members: if you were happy with the amount of food you received this season, this is for you.
  • THE BASIC, $480 - Individual sized; feeds 1-2 people. Renewing members: if you prefer less food, then go with The Basic.   
  • PICK-YOUR-OWN - INCLUDED IN THE COST OF A SHARE: peas, green beans, cherry tomatoes, flowers and herbs (when available).  Amounts you can pick will compliment the above mentioned share size and we offer extras for sale if you would like to pick more. 
 
Thank you for supporting our family Farm!
Posted 10/13/2016 3:22pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Accepting Renewals AND New Members for 2017 - tell a friend, help us grow our CSA!

WHY PAY NOW?  By selling CSA shares in advance of the growing season, it reduces the burden of up-front costs for the farmer, and is an investment in your community by keeping the agricultural landscape thriving. Your membership fees now provide us with an income to pay off end of season loans on equipment/infrastructure and annual operating costs, helps purchase seed and other resources before the season starts and pay staff.  We are fortunate to have many great folks who are proud to support our CSA - thank you!     

SHARE OPTIONS:

  • The Harvester, $579.  Family sized; feeds 3-4 people, or a veggie loving couple.  If you were happy with the amount of food you received this season, this is for you.
  • The Basic, $480.  Individual sized; feeds 1-2 people. If you prefer less food, then go with The Basic.   

2017 PRICING: our farm at a glance and the future.  Weather. An unusual cold/wet spring and lack of sun followed by extreme heat and drought conditions July and August increased our annual operating expenses. The cost of reseeding/planting 3 times over is expensive and labor intensive. Also we had a significant increase in electric for irrigation and refrigeration. Sustainability. As the business grows, we continue to invest in equipment, infrastructure and land, while at the same time seeking to provide fair wages for us as farmers and our dedicated staff.  We work hard to bring the harvest to the table - our produce is local, healthy, nutritious and delicious!  We are grateful for our customers support as you help keep our small family business in business and therefore sustainable.    

NO DISCOUNT? In lieu of a discount for early bird sign up or payment in full, receive a farm gift bag filled with cool stuff (you can eat it, wear it and tote it around and show off "your" farm!).  Available on your 1st CSA pickup in the spring.  We greatly appreciate your commitment to our farm and again thank you for your support.  

OUR CSA VALUE - What do you get for your investment? 

  • ON FARM PICK UP – bring your friends/family and show off “your” farm! Experience the farm weekly; meet the community; Know Your Farmer; build up your farm/food education; walk the fields and pick-your-own crops (flowers, herbs and more). 
  • MARKET STYLE – offers choices – mix and match; pack your own share.
  • SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS/ARTISANS – extra Jersey Fresh for sale – fresh baked breads, fruit, cheeses, meats and more. 
  • QUALITY – direct from our farm to your table – fresh healthy veggies and friendly customer service!   
Posted 10/12/2016 6:41am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Wk 18; Pickup Wed 10/12, 1-6 OR Sat 10/15 9-2

CSA friends, with frost flirting with us this week, our season is nearing the end; next week will be our last CSA pickup, Week 19.  As farmers, we count our blessings for the successes, support of our customers, our staff, and families and friends. Thank you! A hot and dry one this year, a season for the record books; we were happy the tomatoes, melons, peppers and eggplant did not seem to mind!  While we do plan for a 20 week season, Mother Nature has the final word.  We praise her for the winter squash bounty, potatoes and garlic (we hope your pantry is stocked!).  We are thankful the excessive heat and drought conditions spared our carrots, beets and greens.  Some fall favorites though inevitably have been set back – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, fennel, leeks.  On the upside, we are planning a holiday share; along with these crops, Brussels sprouts, and what we can root cellar, it looks promising. See more on next season and Farm Dinner - we hope you will join us!  

On the Table in Farm Shop… new – Spinach! Also Lettuce, Carrots, Cabbage (red/green), Green beans, Garlic, Sweet potatoes, Winter Squash (butternut, delicata, buttercup, sweet dumpling), Potatoes (red/white), Beets, Turnips, Swiss Chard. Mix and Match options. 

Pick-Your-Own… Herbs – freeze/dry or make a kitchen counter bouquet.    

Extras for Sale…

  • Hammerbacher – breads, pies and more! 
  • Apples – Crispin, Winesap and Golden delicious.  Great value, fresh picked and Jersey Fresh! 
  • Potpies and Chicken sausages, Griggstown Farms – selling fast!  Stock up the freezer for the winter. 
  • Cheese – Dodges cheddar; AND Eggs – thank you farmer Melanie!

CSA Renewals and New memberships – tell a friend! Pay in Full and receive a farm gift bag with your first CSA pickup next spring. Payment options too.  New for 2017 – 2 share sizes

  • The Harvester $580; family size, or a veggie loving couple.
  • The Basic $480; individual/2 person share.

Farm to Table DinnerSun, Oct 23rd. 4-7 pm.  BYOB.  Family style by Hammerbacher.  Live music.  Tickets: adults $45/person, kids under 10, $20Seating is limited to CSA customers.  If you would like extra tickets, please let me know and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

Sign up for CSA and Dinner on our website later today, or in Farm Shop.

See you on the Farm.