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Posted 10/19/2012 9:36am by Jennifer Lamonaca.
Week 19, and 1 more to go!
Veggies:
Cabbage (red and green, your choice), Carrots*, Escarole*, Bok choy, Peppers* (sweet colored bells and red italias), Potatoes, Cauliflower/Broccoli (your choice).  New this week, Celeriac (also known as celery root).
 
***Bulk Sales***
Apples, 5 for $4, sold by the quart
Griggstown products: (sausages sold out for the season), but we have gourmet hot pockets - Spinach/Feta, and Chicken/Sundried tomato/Fennel
Carrots, $2.50/bu
Escarole, $1.50/hd
Peppers, $1/lb
Potatoes, $1/lb
 
Renewals:

A reminder to current members, CSA membership sign up for the 2013 season is in progress and you will have until Saturday October 20(CSA Week 19) to decide if you would like to secure a slot for next season.  After this date, the renewal sign up period will expire and memberships will open to the waiting list and new members.  Discounts* apply for early bird sign ups and payments received in full!  For current/renewing members, if you sign up and make a payment before/on October 20, receive the early bird discount, $30 off the total cost of a share.  For renewals after this date and new memberships, if you pay for the season IN FULL, receive a $30 discount.

Sign ups will remain open until the slots are full, and are first come first serve.  You may sign up for a share at any point from now until closed, but we can not predict when that will be as the waiting list has grown over the season and new members are eager to join. To our current members, we do appreciate your business and continued support, and as a thank you we extend an early bird discount to those renewing.  A CSA membership is an investment in your farm and community.Local farms need your support to keep the agricultural landscape thriving!
 
*Discounts cannot be combined.  Discounts apply to vegetables shares only.  Seafood shares will be sold separately.  We will keep members updated via emails and the website as we evaluate this pilot program.

See you on the Farm.
Posted 10/10/2012 2:08pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
Week 18, and 2 more to go!
On the table in Farm Shop...
 
Veggies:
Carrots, Cabbage (choose red or green), Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Peppers, Potatoes (reds), Sweet potatoes, Garlic, Winter Squash (choose from Butternut, Acorn and others).
Greens - Lettuce, Kale, Escarole (game time decision) and Bok choy.
 
Cauliflower will be a mix and match item this week with the Broccoli.  We do not have enough cauliflower to offer it to everyone as we are waiting for the next round of this crop to head up.  Therefore you can choose to take it or not.  If you just want the broccoli, we have plenty.  If you choose cauliflower, there is a 1 head limit.  Thanks! 
 
***Bulk Sales***
Apples, Jersey Fresh! $4/quart, 5 apples/per quart (apx .80/lb)
Potatoes (reds), $1/lb
Peppers, sweet, $1/lb
Kale, $1.50/bu
 
Seafood on Saturday: 
Oysters!  1 more to go.  I like to steam open (scrub them first to remove grit).  To steam on the grill, use a big pan and arrange oysters in a single layer or 2, close the grill and steam for a few minutes until just opened.  Once open, pull off the shell so that you are left holding the shell with the oyster, try to retain the liquid, lots of flavor.  Scrape the oyster from the shell to loosen and use the same shell for serving.  Add a little Tabasco and lemon juice and enjoy.  I could eat the whole share myself! 
 
Renewals:
Currently, CSA membership sign up for the 2013 season is open to current members.  The renewal sign up period is in progress and you will have until Saturday October 20 (CSA Week 19) to decide if you would like to secure a slot for next season.  After this date, the renewal sign up period will expire and memberships will open to the waiting list and new members.  Discounts* apply for early bird sign ups and payments received in full!  For current/renewing members, if you sign up and make a payment before/on October 20, receive the early bird discount, $30 off the total cost of a share.  For renewals after this date and new memberships, if you pay for the season IN FULL, receive a $30 discount.  For details and sign up, please go to the website Sign Up page. Check out links to "Why Our CSA?!", 2013 Share Info and our Renewal Newsletter.  Any further questions, we will be happy to discuss in Farm Shop, or send us an email.
 
See you on the Farm.
Posted 10/4/2012 9:36am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
On the table in Farm Shop...
 
APPLES!  Jersey Fresh!  5 for $4.  Great value and quality.  We have a mix of varieties - winesap, crispen, red and golden delicious.
 
CSA Week 17 Veggies:
Broccoli*, Cauliflower, Sweet potatoes*, Potatoes* (white), Peppers* - mix and match varieties (Sweet Red Italias and Colored Bells), Garlic.
Greens - Lettuce, Kale*, Asian mix (good raw in salads and on sandwiches; or cooked in a quiche).
Winter squash - your choice (butternut, acorn, pumpkin, delicata, buttercup).  Uses - stuff and bake, pies, breads, soups, risotto.
 
***Bulk Sales***:
Broccoli, $1.50/lb
Peppers, $1/lb
Kale, $1.50/bu
Potatoes, sweets and whites, $1/lb
 
See you on the Farm.
Posted 9/27/2012 9:27am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Week 16
Veggies:
Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash (Butternut), Potatoes (Reds), Garlic, Leeks or Onions - your choice, Peppers, Eggplant.
Greens: Lettuce and Greens mix (Tatsoi, Mizuna, Red Kale).
 
Seafood:
Swordfish, more information to follow.
 
Renewals:
 
See you on the Farm.
Posted 9/20/2012 10:32am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 15:
On the table in Farm Shop...
Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, White Potatoes, Winter Squash (Delicata), Garlic, Onions, Tomatoes
Mix and Match -  Peppers (Sweet Red Italia, Colored Bells) and Eggplant
Greens:  Lettuce (red leaf), Kale (toscano), Asian mix -  use raw or cooked
 
Flowers:  Due to weather over the course of the season, our flowers are no more.  We will miss them and look forward to next season. 
 
Bulk Produce and Sales:
Peppers, $1/lb
Eggplant, $1 ea
Potatoes, white, $1/lb
 
Also, Griggstown Farms products:
Chicken Sausage (Granny Smith Apple, and Spinach/Feta), $6.50/package
Gourmet Hot Pockets (Spinach/Feta, and Chicken/Sun dried Tomato), $7/package
 
Farm Tip: Pasta with Greens and Sausage.  Add Asian greens mix to cooked sausage and wilt down. Drizzle with olive oil. Toss with penne pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
 
See you on the Farm,
Jen
Posted 9/14/2012 3:24pm by Jennifer Lamonaca.
CSA Week14 Veggies: 
Beans mix (greens, yellows and purple streaked), Potatoes (whites), Leeks, Garlic, Kale, Winter Squash (Delicata), Tomatoes (maybe 1 more week), Peppers (sweet Italians, great for roasting!), Herbs (Parsley, Dill).  Also mix and match Peppers (bells - greens and colors) and Eggplant (Italian).  For hot peppers, please just take what you need, thanks!  Check out the website for recipes, tips and preserving the harvest.
 
Bulk Sales:
Peppers, sweet Italians and colored bells, $1/lb
Eggplant, Italian, $1 ea
Eggplant, Asian, .50 ea
Potatoes, $1/lb Kale, $2/bu (or 5 stems)
 
Farm Update cont... On our Farm, we are committed to ensuring farm fresh produce on the table in Farm Shop every week throughout the season and plan to harvest through October.  As valued customers and supporters of the program, it is important to us to keep our members updated on their CSA investment.  We added an entry to the blog last week, check it out for more information on our crops if you have not had a chance to read it.  In addition to last week's posting, on the positive side, we are digging sweet potatoes!  Look for them in the next 2 weeks, along with broccoli.  Also, coming up, back to greens!  With the cooler temperatures, we should have a nice selection of stir fry mix, lettuce, broccoli rabe and escarole soon.
 
Seafood shares:
On Saturday look for Scallops!
 
Here's to dry skies and pleasant weather!  See you on the Farm.
Jen
Posted 9/14/2012 3:20pm by Jennifer Lamonaca.
CSA Week 13:
On the Table in Farm Shop...
Spaghetti squash, Tomatoes (slicers and plums), Kale, Beans, Potaotes, Peppers, Eggplant, Garlic, Scallions.
 
Also, visit the blog for a crop update.  Read on for details.
 
See you on the Farm.
Jen
Posted 9/14/2012 3:18pm by Jennifer Lamonaca.
On the table in Farm Shop...
 
PEACHES!  Looks like the last for the season, get um while they are here!  $2/quart. 
 
CSA Week 12 Veggies:
Tomatoes* (slicers, plums, heirlooms), Garlic, Beans (just a handful, hope to have more in soon), Potatoes*, Onions (Red and Yellow), Kale/Collards*, Herbs (Parsley).
Also, Eggplant* and Peppers*, mix and match.  Stock up on both, or leave the eggplant and take lots of peppers!  Both freeze well.  Peppers are easy, just chop and freeze, no blanching needed.  You can freeze them whole too, just top and remove seeds.  Lots of tomatoes!  Take advantage of the harvest and put some up, freeze or can.
 
A few more tips...for the Kale/Collards, cook up Colcannon, an Irish dish with Potatoes.  Also, Kale is great cooked with tomatoes and white beans, my favorite.  Both greens benefit from being cooked down in a liquid for some time.  Perfect addition in a soup, stew.  Kale makes a nice quiche too.  Throw in some roasted cherry tomatoes and top with cheese.
 
Pick-Your-Own:
Cherry Tomatoes, NO LIMIT!  Pick as much as you want!  Roast and freeze for later use.  Nice addition to stews and sauce in the fall and winter.
 
Bulk sales:
Tomatoes - slicers, plums and heirlooms $1/lb
Potatoes $1/lb
Eggplant, Italians $1each
Peppers, Red Italians and Bells $1lb
Kale/Collards $2/bunch
 
Seafood on Saturday:
OYSTERS!  Details to follow.
 
Stay tuned for what is growing on at the Farm, we got lots of good stuff coming in...broccoli and more.  As always, thanks for supporting the CSA.
 
Your Farmer,
Jen
Posted 9/6/2012 8:25am by Jennifer Lamonaca.

Crop Update... What's growing on at the Farm you ask? Well, we got good news and not so good news.

Rain, and lots of it. Humidity too which is not great for our crops as these conditions are ripe for diseases.  Along with other farmers, we are doing our best to ensure we bring the harvest to the table, but despite our efforts the weather is out of our hands and some damage/loss is inevitable.  Throughout the season, we do our best to control diseases and pests using organic methods but we are limited as to what we can do.  As a Certified Organic operation, we do not have a list of products to control issues as do commercial growers.  We appreciate your understanding when a crop does not do as well as planned when it is beyond our means.  Despite the uncertainty and loss of some crops, we are committed to working hard and keeping a nice selection on the table for as long as we can.

For the good news -  as you know, we got a bumper crop of eggplant and peppers!  Take advantage of the harvest and put 'em up. That is the beauty of the CSA! Tomatoes, can you ever get enough tomatoes?!  They got us into September and we will keep them on the table for another week or 2.  Although, pick-your-own cherry tomatoes are done.  Potatoes and garlic are looking good, we should have lots from now through the end of Farm Shop.  Keep your fingers crossed... broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are sizing up to be the next big crop to hit the Farm Shop.  Maybe 2 weeks for broccoli?  Others out there for the fall harvest include kale, carrots, beets, escarole, broccoli rabe, lettuce, stir fry greens, bok choy, turnips.  Also, we will continue to "buy in" fruit.  Look for apples soon.

Onto the not so good news - our onions are experiencing some disease and they are not storing well.  Therefore we will give them out for as long as we can, a few weeks, but not the amounts we had planned to distribute.  We will supplement onions with leeks and scallions.  Winter squash is another crop that will be lighter this season due to disease pressure.  We grow lots of varieties like acorn, pie pumpkin and butternut, some varieties are more resistant to disease than others.  We are keeping an eye on it and will have Spaghetti squash on the table this week.  We distribute the winter squashes in order of how long they will hold up in storage.  For this season, I don't think you will be able to store them through the winter months so use them sooner than later.  Spinach and Swiss Chard are of concern too.  We had seeded lots of it and planned for an abundant fall harvest, but something seems to have eaten it as quickly as we seeded it.  One day we had lots of little greens popping out of the ground, the next it was nearly gone.  Pest pressure has been heavy this season, in part due to a mild winter as pests were able to over winter.  Here's to a cold, hard winter! 

For the Farm, we count our blessings and carry on. In farming, some years are better than others, and every year is differant.  Thanks for supporting the CSA (in good times and uncertain)!

Your Farmer,

Jen

Posted 8/23/2012 6:27am by Jennifer Lamonaca.