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Posted 6/15/2014 11:21am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

 

Just went out to check again - this is what I'm seeing! Maybe by Wed! Stay tuned for additional updates. Will check daily and post. See all of you soon!!!

 

Posted 6/13/2014 4:01pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Due to cooler weather conditions the blueberries are delayed a little.  We hope to have a better idea regarding an opening date by the 20th of this month.  We are looking forward to a great season and can't wait to see everyone soon.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for additional updates and photos.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/B-B-Farms/128903147135023

 

Posted 6/8/2014 9:33am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Dear Members,

Mark your calendars - our 2014 season will officially begin Wed, June 18th!  We are at least a week behind schedule due to cooler weather for this time of year, crops are getting there though.  Along with Mother Nature delaying some crops, the wildlife have created issues for us too.  Early on as the peas and other tender greens were just emerging, geese were hatching, and all over the farm it seemed!  We have always had a family hatch out along the pond and we have been able to escort them successfully off the property.  For some reason, this season we had several families and they were making us run around everywhere!  Every day for 2 weeks or so we were chasing geese and their young from eating our crops and off the farm.  Finally relief and the geese did not return, maybe we could get some rest - but wait, what keeps eating our peas, and now the lettuce, and tomatoes, particularly the heirlooms?  Oh deer!  We expect to have a nice crop for our members though and are keeping a close watch on the situation.  

So, this is farming!  And there is good news!  We have planned a nice variety of crops for you this season.  What to expect for your first share?  In the Farm Shop, most definite lettuce, spinach, kale, arugula, kohlrabi and garlic scapes.  Get those salad spinners ready! Maybe a few squash, they are small but in a week or 2 the plants will be loaded - cucumbers too.  We should have radish, spring turnips which will add a nice kick to dips and salads.  My mouth is watering - I am excited!  Others coming up early on this season - beets, carrots, broccoli, swiss chard and scallions.  

Pick-your-own update:  peas took quite a hit from early geese pressure and now the deer.  It looks as if the harvest will be on the lighter side.  In 2013 we were loaded with peas, sad to say not so much this season.  Although our green beans are real strong.  Lots of herbs this season - basil, dill, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, sage, oregano.  Flowers are looking good too, there might be a few to pick for the first share.  If not, they will quickly fill in and we will have a nice selection of sunflowers, snapdragons, zinnias and more for you.  And our customer favorite, sungold cherry tomatoes which are amazing!  Look forward to picking and eating right off the vine soon.  

I will be in touch with members during the next week leading up to our opening day with all of the information you will need, including seafood share details.  

See you on the farm soon!

Your Farmer,

Jen

Posted 5/8/2014 2:36pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Hello All, 

If you tried to sign up for a seafood share via the website and had troubles - it seems we got it worked out.  

To add a seafood share to your current 2014 membership, follow the link below to update your share:

http://www.bbfarmsnj.com/members/updatemembership

You will be required to enter your email address and it will send you a link to click on to gain access to your account for making updates.

Any questions, please let me know.

Farmer Jen.

Posted 4/29/2014 12:41pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Seafood Shares:  Yes, the Seafood Share option which we have offered for the past two years will be coming back to Sea Salt CSA again this season. The process has been taken over by Heritage Shellfish Cooperative, a newly formed co-op whose members are long time baymen that have been involved with shellfish aquaculture and seafood for a combined total of over 160 years.  The cost of the share will remain at $230 for the season and it will be distributed every two weeks, beginning in mid-June during the CSA veggie pickup.  Seafood pickup day will be Saturday only in order to have time to decide what fish or shellfish are available.  Having it on Wednesday last season reduced the decision making time and was hard to accomplish. The sign up will be the same as it has been in the past – you can do so via the website.  Along with Heritage Shellfish Cooperative, we hope to have you on board.

How much seafood?  The share will be enough for 2 people, and we feel the portions are generous. Eat Jersey Fresh seafood and support the livelihoods of local NJ fisherman throughout the state.  In partnership with Heritage Shellfish Cooperative, we are pleased to offer this option again.  Based on our experiences with fisherman’s scheduling, species availability, pricing, etc., we have adjusted our program accordingly.  This season’s seafood menu to include: clams, oysters, scallops, lobster, soft shell crabs along with swordfish, tuna and other high quality species – to be determined.  Know your farmer AND know your fisherman too!

SIGN UP FOR A SEAFOOD SHARE - CLICK HERE.

PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO “SEA SALT CSA”; PO BOX 832 OCEANVILLE, NJ 08231.  Or pay via the website checkout process using a credit card.  Seafood payment in full ($230) due June 1st.  

Posted 4/29/2014 12:33pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Final CSA payments due May 1st (unless you have made other arrangements with us).  As soon as you are able, you can pay your remaining balance via a check or online with a credit card.  Not sure what your balance is?  You can check your membership status on our website (www.bbfarmsnj.com), click on the CSA link, then Make a Payment.  If you have paid in full – thanks for your payment – please read on to get more on the upcoming farm season. 

CSA shares still available for 2014!  We have expanded and welcome new and returning members.  If you have not yet joined for this season, or know of someone who would like to join the farm - you can do so via the website sign up process. Questions? Give us a call, 609-338-8690, or email and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

We are planning to have lots of healthy and delicious food for you in 2014 - check out our crops, click here.  We are scheduled for opening day on Wednesday June 11th; although this date is flexible due to what Mother Nature does this spring.  So far, it has been on the cool side, not quite cucumber and zucchini weather.  We like to open for the season with a nice variety of crops for you in our Farm Shop rather than just a few things.  I do my best to follow the crop schedule that I laid out over the winter months to ensure the CSA is bountiful on a weekly basis throughout the season, but we have to be patient with the weather and work around these cold and wet conditions.  We can seed and plant the fields early but cold, wet soil may rot our seed or damage newly emergent tender plants so we try and wait for dry and warmer weather to do our field work.  Also it is not ideal to work wet soil – not only do the tractors and our equipment not operate properly, or worse get stuck, it creates poor soil conditions.  So hang in there – warm, sunny days are sure to come along!  I will keep members updated as we get closer to our 1st CSA pickup.

In the greenhouse and the fields – while we wait for windows of opportunity to allow us to do field work, our greenhouse is full of plants!  Lettuce (butter crunch, reds and more), tomatoes (red slicers, plums for canning and salsa, and a few heirlooms back this season), peppers, eggplant, broccoli (keep your fingers crossed, broccoli is a trial this spring), kohlrabi (surprise customer favorite in 2013!), kale, cabbage, herbs, flowers and scallions.  What else?  Cucumbers, summer squash and cantaloupes too – we will seed more of these crops in the field when it gets warmer to ensure a continued harvest throughout the summer.  In the fields, we have seeded beets, carrots (another trial this spring), and have transplanted onions and leeks.  We are waiting for it to dry out a bit to plant potatoes which I like to have in the ground by now but we are ok.  Lots more seeding and planting to do in May – spinach, swiss chard, arugula, more lettuce, radish, pick your own flowers, herbs and beans. 

How do we do it all?  Thus far, I get lots of help from the following 3:  welcome Carrie Fleming to the farm crew!  He is with us now part time until he finishes school in mid-May and then he will be full time – we can’t wait!  So much work to do and he will be great.  He is enthusiastic about farming and a hard worker – look for Carrie in the fields and around the Farm Shop this season.  Also without fail, there is owner Art Brown who assists daily with all things on this farm from field work to equipment maintenance, troubleshooting and whatever else needs to be done; my husband Ryan who works part time on the farm while running his own full time business as a graphic designer.  Ryan has been working the irrigation and helps with whatever else I need like transplanting, weeding, harvesting and running the Farm Shop.  Together we are getting the farm ready for the season; we are seeking another full time person, or 2 part time to bring in the harvest – if you know of anyone looking for work, have them contact me ASAP.  Thanks!  For details, please go to our website, click on the B&B Farms link, then Employment.

Thanks for your interest in our farm and for supporting us!  

Your Farmer, 

Jen

Posted 1/28/2014 3:54pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Dear members (and those thinking of joining our CSA),

This is a friendly reminder that the next scheduled CSA payment is due Feb 1.  If you have paid in full, thanks for your payment!  

We accept payment in 3 installments of $175.00 each - a down payment due at signup, 2nd due Feb 1 and 3rd due May 1.  If you need to make other arrangements, let us know and we may be able to work something out.

PLEASE NOTE FOR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS:  You may use your credit card for the initial down payment at sign up, and to pay off the remainder of your balance.  Otherwise, you can mail us a check for your next scheduled payment of $175.

To make a payment using a credit card AND check your membership status - you can do so via the website - look for the link on the right hand side bar for "make a payment".  Not sure if you are joined to the current 2014 season?  You can look it up here, or send us an email and we can help you out.  

Not a member yet?  You can still join! Click on the links for further CSA Information and More Share Details.  Not sure about it - could it be too much food, or just want to check it out? We have members who split a share with a friend, you can too! As soon as you are able to get us the 2nd payment, we appreciate it. We accept credit cards via the website, or you can mail us a check for your first and 2nd payment.    

Please make checks payable to "Sea Salt CSA", and mail to our PO Box, NOT B&B Farms - thanks!

Sea Salt CSA, PO Box 832, Oceanville, NJ 08231

 

Thanks for your support.  See you on the Farm.

Posted 1/21/2014 4:30pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Greetings from Sea Salt CSA @ B&B Farms!  Hello to our renewals, new members, gone but not forgotten members and friends of the farm.  Hope you are well and eating healthy this winter.  Not so much?  Not to worry - another farm season is on the horizon and we will be growing lots of good stuff for the community.  As the snow begins to fall this afternoon, we are busy in the office planning for the upcoming season - see below for what you can expect from us.


2014 shares are on sale now - check out our website for details - www.bbfarmsnj.com.   Here you will find: what is in a share - a sample of crops on the table and amounts for the week; a produce list of what we will be growing and when; the cost; when and where to pick up your weekly share; pick your own crops (peas, cherry tomatoes, green beans, flowers, herbs) - included in the cost of the share.  We have lots on the website and we hope you can take some time to read through it all (like a snow day!).  Questions - send us an email or call.

Payment options: $525/season (20 weeks, mid June-through Oct). We accept payment in full, or 3 equal payments of $175 each - 1st due at signup, 2nd due Feb 1, 3rd due May 1.  Payment type: credit card via the website checkout process, or check/cash/money order via the mail.  If you need another payment option, please let us know and we will do our best to work with you.

Has it been awhile since you last visited the farm?   What's new you ask?  Over the years, we have made great improvements in our operation.  Regarding our field operations, we have added much needed equipment, irrigation, land and staff to help us be more efficient and manage the workload.  In our Farm Shop, we have revised our shares, the crop offerings and pickups based on member feedback.  We offer a one sized share which we feel will generously accommodate 2 people, offer some mix and match options, when available sell extra produce if you would like to increase the size of your share and included more pick your own crops in the cost of the share (like flowers and herbs).  We feel our share is a good value for your food dollars (especially if you preserve some and extend the harvest for the winter months).  We value our customers.  On the farm during pickups, we aim to bring you closer to your food and create family friendly experiences from talking with the farmers who grow your food to walking the pick your own fields.


We are looking forward to seeing our members on the Farm AND invite non-members to visit us during the season.  B&B Farms blueberries (pick-your-own) are open to the public end of June through July.  Check us out and see what is growing on the farm.  Pass along to a friend who might be interested - help us to reach out to the community and meet our membership goals.  


Follow our Facebook links for CSA and Blueberry updates.  Also read more on the web blog for a look back at past seasons.


Thanks for your interest and supporting our family farm.

Posted 1/3/2014 12:57pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

After a long nap at the end of the 2013 season, I am back to work planning for another great season in 2014!  It does go by fast and before long, it will be March and I will be back in the greenhouse seeding crops and in the fields getting our peas in the ground.  I do keep busy this time of year - ordering seeds and other supplies, interviewing and hiring staff, drafting crop plans, and planting and harvesting schedules.  I evaluate the previous season for what worked and areas that could be improved.  We keep a look out for new equipment that could help make the operation more efficient and run smoother - we did make a purchase recently which we hope will give us better weed control.  I attend farm meetings to keep up on the latest news and talk to other farmers.  All of the things we do not have time for during the hustle and bustle of the farm season we try and take care of during the winter months.  I do my best to lay out careful plans so we can better deal with challenges when they arise during the farm season - weather, disease, pests and so on. 

A big thanks to our members who renewed their memberships for 2014 - your early contributions help to pay for our expenses now and through the winter.  I rely on renewals to purchase seeds, potting soil, fertilizer and other supplies in January and February.  In addition, CSA memberships help to pay our long term financial obligations on our farm loans (for tractors, irrigation and other capital improvements).  Here's to great folks like you and for all you do for this farm and our family!  We are so grateful and keep you in our warm thoughts as we plan away on the computer and get lost in the beautiful seed catalogs.  I am in process of updating our website and Facebook links with new photos and more so check back from time to time on the progress.  If you have friends or family interested in our CSA, we are accepting new memberships via the website.  Any questions, we can help.  Please leave a message and someone will respond as soon as we are able.

From all of us on the farm - have a happy, healthy and peaceful new year.

Posted 10/23/2013 6:48am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
SEAFOOD SURVEY:
To our seafood customers, we kindly ask for a little of your time to complete our end of season seafood survey.  Your feedback is important to us as it helps us to meet the needs of our customers. 

Take the survey - click here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P32KZG9
 
Thanks!  

NEW WEBSITE LINK:
Our new website is up and running, but you may have trouble finding us if you do not know our new website address,  www.bbfarmsnj.com. If you go to our old address, you should be directed to the new site, but that is not happening. We are working to correct this issue. 

New website address:  www.bbfarmsnj.com