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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   
Posted 10/22/2013 4:03pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week20: end of season harvest, apples, sausage & renewals

Last chance to stock up on veggies for the winter months!  Extras for sale – bring a friend.  Also apples and chicken sausages for sale.

On the table in Farm Shop…  New crops – sweet potatoes, parsnips and winter squash (orange buttercup type).  Other winter squashes too (butternut, acorn and delicata).  Lots of roots – carrots, beets, rutabaga, turnips and potatoes.  These crops store well for months, either in the veggie drawer in the fridge or a cool, dry location like a basement or garage, as long as it does not freeze.  Cabbage (red and green), leeks, garlic and onions will store well too.  Also on the table – sweet peppers (red and orange), cauliflower, and broccoli.  For greens – spinach, lettuce and kale.  

Pick-You-Own – for now, we still beans, flowers and herbs.  If we get a frost though, we could loose these.  

RENEWALS: We are taking renewal memberships from now through 11/15.  After this date, we open the sign up to our waiting list.  No telling how quickly we will sell out for the season, therefore we like to give our current members a fair chance to sign up for 2014.  To sign up for a 2014 share, you can do so via the website.  Also, we can sign you up in Farm Shop.  Cost $525.  Payment optionsPayment in Full Discount (5%, total $498.75), discount expires 11/15; OR 3 Payment Installments of $175 each 1st due at sign up, 2nd due Feb 1, 3rd due May 1stPayment type: credit card via website checkout, or check/cash/money order.  Checks made payable to “Sea Salt CSA”. 

On behalf of myself, farmer Caroline, and owners Art and Carolyn Brown, We hope you enjoyed your CSA experience with us.  Thank you for being a part of our farm and supporting the local agricultural economy!  We look forward to seeing our returning members and meeting new ones for another great season.

Posted 10/22/2013 3:48pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week20: end of season harvest, apples, sausage & renewals

Last chance to stock up on veggies for the winter months!  Extras for sale – bring a friend.  Also apples and chicken sausages for sale.

On the table in Farm Shop…  New crops – sweet potatoes, parsnips and winter squash (orange buttercup type).  Other winter squashes too (butternut, acorn and delicata).  Lots of roots – carrots, beets, rutabaga, turnips and potatoes.  These crops store well for months, either in the veggie drawer in the fridge or a cool, dry location like a basement or garage, as long as it does not freeze.  Cabbage (red and green), leeks, garlic and onions will store well too.  Also on the table – sweet peppers (red and orange), cauliflower, and broccoli.  For greens – spinach, lettuce and kale.  

Pick-You-Own – for now, we still beans, flowers and herbs.  If we get a frost though, we could loose these.  

RENEWALS: We are taking renewal memberships from now through 11/15.  After this date, we open the sign up to our waiting list.  No telling how quickly we will sell out for the season, therefore we like to give our current members a fair chance to sign up for 2014.  To sign up for a 2014 share, you can do so via the website.  Also, we can sign you up in Farm Shop.  Cost $525.  Payment optionsPayment in Full Discount (5%, total $498.75), discount expires 11/15; OR 3 Payment Installments of $175 each 1st due at sign up, 2nd due Feb 1, 3rd due May 1stPayment type: credit card via website checkout, or check/cash/money order.  Checks made payable to “Sea Salt CSA”. 

On behalf of myself, farmer Caroline, and owners Art and Carolyn Brown,
We hope you enjoyed your CSA experience with us.  Thank you for being a part of our farm and supporting the local agricultural economy!  We look forward to seeing our returning members and meeting new ones for another great season.

Posted 10/16/2013 9:03am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 19: the harvest, apples (and a few pears), lobster (last seafood share!).  Also, check out our new website as we are partnering with B&B Farms to have all of our operations in one location.  New photos up, take a look at the CSA gallery.  Renewals - open to current members.  Please read our newsletter - click here - our decision to drop our organic certification (still growing using organic tactics AND new strategies).  Lots going on this week; we look forward to seeing you in Farm Shop, talking about our season in review and answering questions about next season.
 
On the table in Farm Shop - lots of mix and match options for you!  Introducing a new winter squash - acorn (butternut and delicata too); new leeks and potatoes back on the table; other fall roots - beets, carrots, turnips, rutabaga; nice heads of broccoli and cauliflower; also cabbage (red and green), peppers (sweet reds and orange bells), fennel, radish, onions and garlic.  For the greens - spinach, lettuce, arugula and kale.  Grab a handful of herbs from the pick-your-own fields - thyme and oregano.  Extra produce for sale, see Farm Shop for details.  Stock up for the winter, only 1 more Farm Shop after this, week 20 will be our last Farm Shop.

Pick-Your-Own
- Beans, Flowers and Herbs. 

Seafood - last one for the season - Lobster!  We will have a few extras for sale, first come first serve. 

Apples!  Just in from our farm friends at Nichols Orchard in Franklinville - Winesap and honey crisp type.  We have a few pears too from a local Bordentown farmer.  Jersey Fresh!  Makes a healthy snack on their own, or get creative with your recipes.  Hard to resist a pie or hearty savory fall meal made with apples.  Baked apples in anything make the whole house smell amazing!
 
Renewals: we are now taking memberships for 2014 via website sign up.  Cost $525.  Pay in Full discount, 5%, $498.75.  Discount expires on 11/15.  Otherwise payment in 3 installments of $175 each: 1ST due at sign up, 2ND Feb 1, 3RD/final due May 1.  

Chicken sausages and cheese - sausage in the freezer, stock up for the winter months.  Not much cheese left, first come first serve.    

See you on the Farm! 
Posted 10/9/2013 8:58am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Week 18 Harvest:

On the table in Farm Shop -  new crops, choices and extras for sale for stocking up the winter pantry...

Winter squash - butternut, along with buttercup and delicata.  Also new - fall beets!  Nice sized, earthy and sweet.  Other root crops include rutabaga, carrots and turnips.  Leave the skins on for a more rustic taste.  Cauliflower, one of my favorites.  Try roasting with olive oil, salt/pepper and fresh herbs.  Plenty of thyme in the field which pairs great with so many fall dishes.  How about fennel and what do you do with it?  Slice the bulb, sauté and add some to any dish for a hint of sweet licorice.  We have plenty of broccoli - it freezes great.  Think of the holidays and having farm fresh produce on hand in the freezer for casseroles.  My husband Ryan just put some broccoli up this weekend.  Chop, quick blanch in boiling water, rinse in cold water, bag and freeze - easy!  Peppers are still out there - chop, bag and freeze, that is it!  The colored peppers are really sweet and I have to have them in the freezer.  The fall bounty is plentiful and most crops store well in the fridge (like cabbage and roots) or pantry for later use (squash, garlic and onions).  And for greens, we have a nice assortment for you to choose from - arugula, lettuce, spinach and kale.  We have radishes for your salads too.   

Pick-Your-Own
-  Beans - 1 quart.  Still out there and holding well.  Extras for sale too.  
-  Flowers and Herbs - take what you like.  The zinnia leaves are not bright green anymore, but the flowers are very nice.  Just strip the leaves off in the field and fill your containers with the stems - we don't mind as it adds organic matter back to the soil and you get more flowers this way!

Cheese and Chicken Sausages - only a few more weeks remain.  Stock up the freezer with Griggstown products.  For the cheese, we have Fulper Farms ricotta and mozzarella (ball) and Klein Farms Gouda, cheddar and horseradish cheddar. 

Renewal Memberships and New Members for 2014: We will begin sign ups for next season this week, details to follow in our newsletter and website.  Current members will have a few weeks to sign up before we open up memberships to new members on our waiting list.  We are expanding our program and plan to accommodate 150 families.  Have friends and family interested in our CSA for next season?  Show off your farm!  While visiting our farm, they are welcome to purchase extras, walk the fields and staff are happy to talk shop.  As always, thanks for your support and we will see you on the farm.   
Posted 10/2/2013 6:55am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Week 17 Harvest

We have lots of great fall food for you this week.  Mix and Match options for you to choose to help you plan meals for the week.  Enough to put some up for the upcoming months.  Our broccoli is gorgeous!  Consider purchasing extras for the freezer and extend the value of the farm beyond the season.  Our cabbage is crazy big!  If you take a head, it will keep well in the fridge for later use.  Beans are back!  Enjoy walking the fields - picking and eating off the vine.

On the table this week...
Broccoli, cabbage (green and red), carrots, winter squash (choose buttercup, spaghetti, delicata), peppers (red, orange and greens), onions, garlic, potatoes, turnips, lettuce, spinach, kale.  

Pick-Your-Own - Green Beans!  Flowers and Herbs too. 

Seafood of the week - Fresh Tuna!  Few extras for sale. 

Extras for sale - produce, cheese, and chicken sausages.   

We hope you are enjoying your CSA experience, only a few more weeks remain.  Next week we will begin taking renewal memberships for next season.  Details to come next week.  As always, thanks for your support.  See you on the Farm! 
Posted 9/25/2013 7:11am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Week 16 Harvest - Welcome Fall!
Extra sales available, see shop for details.  Bring your friends and family, great time of year to be on the farm.  Know of someone interested in a share for next season?  Invite them to come along and check us out.  Walk the fields and pick flowers (for fresh use or drying), or observe the changes of the season and wildlife.

New crops on the table in Farm Shop...Broccoli (love a cheesy broccoli casserole) and Cabbage (big, green and great for stuffing).  We will introduce you to another winter squash, Delicata (aka sweet potato squash)! New greens - Bok choy; try a simple bok choy stir fry with peanut sauce, serve over rice.  Also on the table: carrots, lettuce, spinach, kale, sweet peppers (green, orange and reds), winter squash (spaghetti and buttercup), eggplant, onions, garlic.  Lots of mix and match choices for you.  We may have potatoes, not sure until later in the day.  Definitely by next week though. 

For the Delicata, cut in half and scoop out the seeds.  Top with brown sugar, butter, salt/pepper to taste. In a baking dish, add a little water, about 1/4 inch, to prevent from burning and to keep squash moist.  Roast squash face up, 400 degrees, 30 minutes or until soft when pierced with a fork.

Pumpkins and others - for the kids, pick a pumpkin!  We planned for a pick-your-own patch this season but due to a wet early summer, our field was swamped and did not produce much.  As a result, we harvested what remained and will have them in shop.  They are not big jack-o-lanterns, rather a personal sized.  Also a few other squashes that are on the small side but otherwise make a nice decoration.  Help yourself. 

Pick-Your-Own
Flowers and Herbs - whatever you like to harvest out there.  Beans moving along but slow in this cooler weather.  I really thought we would have them in by now.  We will hold off picking for another week. 

Farm Update
We have nice crops to look forward to in the coming weeks to keep you warm through the fall (and maybe the winter months if you are stocking up), think stews and Crockpot's - more winter squash (butternut and acorn), beets, cabbage (green and red), potatoes (whites and sweets), cauliflower, broccoli, fennel, leeks, rutabaga, turnips, parsnips, plenty of greens, onions and garlic.  Also, we will buy in apples from a local farm for extra sales. 

In other news, congratulations to our Caroline on her wedding this past weekend!  It was a great day, lots of flowers and good food.  All the best!

See you on the Farm.