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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... 

Tickets have begun to flow like the libations described in the song presented in the link below. Hope everyone can hear in person come Dec 2nd @ Stockton University and join in the band of merriment.
 
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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.

Posted 10/4/2016 5:56pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Week 17; pick up Wed 10/5, OR Sat 10/8
October is here and it is lovely.  Time for sweaters, blankets, fall festivities, soups and stews.  Also time to think about renewing your CSA share!  Details to follow soon - and thank you for all the love and support!  

On the Table in Farm Shop...

Carrots, Cabbage (red/green), Broccoli, Beets, Sweet potatoes, Winter Squash (Butternut, Delicata, Buttercup, Sweet Dumpling), Lettuce, Radish, Kale, Swiss chard, Potatoes (red, white, blue), Peppers, Garlic, Leeks, Onion, Turnips and .  All the makings of a good soup!  Mix and Match options.  Green beans too – see pick your own. 

Pick-Your-Own…

  • Green beans – we have been picking this crop for Shop due to bad weather; either too hot or too wet.  We don’t want our CSA customers missing out! Take a quart (in Shop), pick a quart (from the fields).
  • Herbs – lots to freeze/dry, or keep as a kitchen bouquet for the week.  Herbal therapy!
  • Flowers? Depends on the weather.  Might be the last of the zinnias. 

Extras for Sale…

  • Hammerbacher – EHC.  Fresh baked breads.  Pies and pastry too!
  • Apples – Nichols Orchard, Franklinville.  New varieties – Winesap and Fuji.  Also Golden/Red Delicious.
  • Potpies (chicken, veggie, beef) – Griggstown Farms.  Puff pastry crust melts in your mouth!  Keep frozen until ready to bake; 400 for 1 hr 20 min.  Worth the wait!
  • Chicken Sausages – Griggstown Farms.  New for fall, Granny Smith Apple!  Also Broccoli Rabe, Sundried Tomato, White wine/parsley, Spinach/Feta.
  • Say Cheese!Dodges Market, Elmer; cheddar is back! Also a few Fulper Farms in fridge (ricotta). Get fresh and local while they last!
  • Eggs – Cycle Farms, Galloway Twp. 

Community Events…

See you on the Farm.


Posted 9/27/2016 5:49pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Wk 16; pickup Wed 9/28, 1-6 OR Saturday 10/1, 9-2.

October?! Welcome Fall.

On the Table in Farm Shop...

Greens - Arugula; Lettuce; Swiss chard; Kale. New crops - Broccoli and Turnips. Also Beets; Sweet potatoes, and white/red potatoes; Garlic; Radish; Peppers; Winter squash. Mix and Match options.

Pick-Your-Own...

  • Green beans! So many, 2 patches open. Load up! Freeze for later use - blanch first. Think holidays and extending your CSA value. 
  • Flowers and Herbs. 
Extras for Sale
  • Apples! Local, Nichols Orchards, Franklinville
  • Hammerbacher breads and baked goods.
  • Chicken sausages, Eggs, Cheese.
  • Produce, see Shop for details. 

Farm to Table Dinner, save the date! Sunday, October 23. Details and tickets on sale soon.
See you on the Farm. 

 

 

Posted 9/20/2016 3:40pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 15: pick up Wd 9/21, 1-6, OR Sat 9/24, 9-2.

On the Table in Farm Shop…

Beets – the big, the beautiful fall beet!  Winter squash – introducing “Delicata” (green striped, thin skinned and sweet) – see farm tips below.   Also Butternut and Spaghetti options.  Lettuce – gorgeous, tender – tis the season for salads again.  Add Radish too!  Kale – Toscana variety, also known as dinosaur kale.  Sweet Potatoes – lots of recipes out there for kale and sweets; share your CSA creations with us!  Pantry staples – Leeks, Onions and Garlic.  Mix and Match options – Peppers, Potatoes (red, white, blues), Swiss chard.

Farm Tips

  • Winter Squash – cut in half, remove seeds, roast at 425 until fork tender; either cut side down in half inch water, OR face up w/ butter, maple syrup, salt, pepper.  Season with fresh herbs post baking.  Try twice baking – saute leftover veggies, meat if you like or a bread filling, maybe some cheese; stuff baked squash and return to oven to heat through. 
  • Beets – easy! If you can make hard boiled eggs, you can make beets.  Boil whole (remove greens first and use for something else), when fork tender, about 30-40 min, drain/run under cold water, rub skins off.  Keep in fridge for whenever – I love them sliced on salads, or paired with green beans and crumbled cheese. 

Pick-Your-Own…

  • Green Beans – have at it – it rained!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Lots of green beans out there.  Extras for sale – bring a friend and show off “your” farm!  We have 2 patches – only 1 open this week – pick the beans in center of field; the patch nearest herbs is not open yet.
  • Flowers and Herbs – plenty of zinnias, sunflowers and herbs.  Big bunches!

Extras for Sale…

  • Hammerbacher – breads and baked goods. 
  • Cheeses, Eggs and Chicken Sausages.
  • Produce – see Shop for details. Bring a friend!

See you on the Farm.

P.S. Thank you for all the rain dances and whatever prayers you said for the Farm. We really were sweating it out - literally!  Cheers to fall.