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Posted 6/10/2013 6:41am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Dear Members and Friends of the Farm,

CSA Opening Day, Week 1:

When?  Wednesday, June 12 (seafood and veggie) OR Saturday, June 15 (veggie only).

Time?  Wednesday 3-6 OR Saturday 9-12

Where?  B&B Farms, 250 S Mannheim Ave, Galloway Twp. NJ 08215 (for GPS directions use Egg Harbor City).  CSA pick up in old barn – first building on the left.

During the last few weeks I have been getting lots of eager phone calls and emails about shares so here is some information about your veggies and farm investment this season.  For seafood shares, pickups will coordinate with our veggie pickups on Wednesdays – sorry we cannot hold seafood shares for Saturday pickup.  Week 1 – soft shell crabs!  For veggie shares, I will send out an email the day before or day of pickup with a list of crops.  The farm crew thus far which includes myself and Caroline full time, Ryan part time and Art, the owner have been working hard to make 2013 our best season yet.  Since late March we have been busy preparing fields, working in the greenhouse, planting and seeding the fields, weeding, irrigating and whatever else it takes to run a farm.  Here is what you can expect from us:

Our Crops and the Weather:  Based on the weather this spring, it seems that our crops are a bit behind, but with warmer weather stuff will catch up quickly.  Some crops enjoy the cooler temperatures like greens – spinach, lettuce, arugula, chard and braising mix love it, otherwise they can be stronger flavored and bolt quicker.  Lots of greens for you early on so get your salad spinners ready!  Others need heat to size up such as cucumbers, zucchini, melons, herbs and flowers.  We walk the fields daily and keep a close eye on the harvest.  Other crops we plan to offer early in the season include beets, radish, scallions, cabbage and kohlrabi.  What is kohlrabi you ask?  It is a cross between broccoli and cabbage.  Great raw or cooked – shred it for a tasty slaw, serve with dip or make fritters.  Another spring favorite, kind of unique to CSA’s are garlic scapes.  I love these strange looking things, long and twisted and packed with good garlic flavor.  Scapes grow up through the center of the plant and put out a seed head which become a flower.  We remove the scapes just before this happens allowing the growth to be concentrated on producing the garlic bulb rather than the flower.  I love garlic scape and radish dip.  Think garlic scape pesto too.   For pick your own crops this spring we will have lots of peas and green beans followed by the herbs, flowers and cherry tomatoes.   Looking ahead, our tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are in the ground and sizing up to be very nice crops this summer.  We will continue to plant crops throughout the season to ensure a nice variety.  Our late summer/fall crops are in the greenhouse – broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.  The CSA is a constant flow of planting in the greenhouse and fields, weeding, fertilizing, more weeding, harvesting, irrigating, more planting, battling pests and diseases and so on.  Thus far, we are doing our best to keep to our planting and harvesting schedules, pending Mother Nature.  Rain is good, but we could use some drying out!  We will keep you updated weekly on the shares and look forward to talking with our members in Farm Shop.

What is in a share?  How do I Use it?

The shares will vary depending on the season and the harvest size; we aim for 6 different crops on the table each week.  The amount of food will fill about half to ¾ full of a brown paper bag.  In the past we might have overwhelmed our members with too much food or not have given enough at times.  Based on a few years’ experience and customer feedback though, we have adjusted our size and prices accordingly to find the right fit for our members.  The farm will provide recipes and help with ideas for substitution style cooking - to use what's in the share to create simple, delicious meals.  It is my hope that CSA members are confident in the kitchen, love canning and lacto-fermenting and are excited to cook for family and friends and tell the story of where their food comes from.  However all members have different skill levels. So when an eater comes to a CSA for the first time, it can be difficult to make the adjustments that a CSA asks of its members. These do not need to be exotic skills, but there is a trick to turning a basket of fresh food into meals.  I feel the classic recipe does a disservice to the CSA member because it is a set of discrete steps that need to be followed with these specific ingredients and it doesn't fit with the seasonal CSA eating model. I want CSA members who see a recipe for broccoli slaw to realize that they can substitute cauliflower from their CSA share into the existing recipe.  I make broccoli fritters which are absolutely delicious. They are equally delicious as zucchini or kohlrabi fritters too!

What is the Farm Shop?  Is it open to the public?  The Farm Shop, the old barn, is our CSA pickup location.  Members bring a bag/basket and pack their shares from around the display tables – we call this “market style”.  Also for additional purchase, we will continue to buy in products from Griggstown Farm in Princeton like turkey sausages and maybe some additions.  New this year – say cheese!  We will partner with Fulpler Family Farms in Lambertville to bring you fresh ricotta, mozzarella and maybe some hard cheeses.  Our very own Caroline, back again for another season, will offer her cultured oyster mushrooms when available and we are happy (for her return and the mushrooms!).  Also, we will buy in seasonal fresh produce from local farms that we do not grow ourselves at this time such as fruit, corn and more.  Although our Farm Shop is members only, we encourage you to bring friends and family who may have an interest in our program and products.  While here with a member, they can enjoy the farm and purchase extras we have for sale.  As a thank you, we will offer you an extra produce item from the display tables or pick your own.  We appreciate our members helping us continue to grow our CSA! 

From all of us here on the Farm, thanks for your support!  We look forward to seeing everyone in Farm Shop throughout the season.

Your Farmer,

Jen

Posted 3/27/2013 6:37am by Jennifer Lamonaca.

Click here to read about our "Fishermans Catch" in the 2013 spring edition of Edible Jersey.

Posted 3/6/2013 3:58pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
Dear Members,
 
Returning and New - WELCOME!  I am so excited to start working in the greenhouse again this week, and at the end of this month we will be out in the fields preparing the ground for seeds and plants.  I am looking forward to a great season of working outside and healthy eating.  I have been busy over the winter making plans for the upcoming season - crop planning and selections, drawing field maps, scheduling plantings for the greenhouse and field, ordering supplies, hiring staff and the list goes on.  For all of us on the Farm, we are eager to get back out there and do some farming - it is what we love to do!  Every year has its challenges, but we do our best to prepare for whatever may arise.  Also in the "off" season, I have attended a few conferences and have been checking out equipment at local farm auctions.  As we spring our clocks forward this weekend, the days get longer, the weather gets a little warmer and we are full steam ahead.  It is exciting!
 
I have posted the Winter Newsletter on the website - check it out for what's new.  Seafood Shares back again!  Pass it on to a friend who may be thinking of joining as we have slots available for veggie and seafood shares.
 
Also, we have added a new feature to the website for our members, "Membership Actions"  - check your status, update your membership (add a seafood share, change your email, etc) and make a payment.  We now accept payments through PayPal.  If you would like to pay your balance IN FULL, you may do so here.  Otherwise, please submit your payment installment to our mailing address.
 
If you would like to add a seafood share to your current membership, you can do so by clicking on"Update Membership".  If you do not wish to pay your balance IN FULL using PayPal (as your veggie share balance will be included in this total), please submit a check to our mailing address for the seafood portion. 
 
Veggie Shares - 1st and 2nd payments past due (as of Feb 28th).  3rd and final payment due April 30th.
 
If you have questions about the upcoming season or payments, let me know and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.
 
See you in the Spring.
 
Your Farmer,
Jen
Posted 2/22/2013 1:52pm by Jennifer Lamonaca.



 

Dear Member,
 
We are requesting a payment as indicated below.  If we have received your payment in full please disregard this message.

Payment terms:  1st due at sign up, 2nd due Feb 28, and 3rd/final due April 30. 
 
Regular-priced share @ $525: payment in 3 equal installments of $175.

Early birds @ $495: payment in 3 equal installments of $165.

Checks made payable to "Sea Salt CSA"
PO Box 832, Oceanville, NJ 08231 - 
 
Renewing members, please note the change of address!  
 
If you have questions or if you would like to discuss your payment, please let me know.

Thank you for your payment. 

Jen

Posted 10/24/2012 1:03pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
Week 20... 
Last one!  Increase the size of your share and stock up, great prices for organic.  Perhaps you have a freezer full of peppers.  If not, it is not too late!  We still have a good supply of peppers for additional purchase.  Greens too - blanch and freeze escarole and kale for later use in soups and stews.  Also, bulk potatoes - they will keep well in the basement or pantry for awhile.  Cabbage, carrots and celeriac are good storage crops as well, make room in the veggie drawer in the fridge and have these gems around for Thanksgiving, or longer.  Beets will be on the table, but for additional purchase.  We do not have enough to distribute fairly to all therefore we will offer at a discount if interested.  Again, thank you for supporting the CSA this season and we hope to see you (and your friends and family) back next year!
 
Renewals:
Although the renewal sign ups have expired and early bird discount, you may sign up for a share next season until the slots are full.  Information for 2013 and sign up can be found on the website.  Also, check out the End of Season Newsletter for a recap on 2012 including the seafood program.
 
Veggies on the table:
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Potatoes*, Carrots*, Cabbage, Celeriac*, Peppers*, Escarole*, Kale*, Garlic. 
Also Beets and Apples for additional purchase, see below.
 
***Bulk Sales***
Apples, $4/quart
Peppers, $1/lb - bells (green and colored) and red italias
Potatoes, $1/lb - reds
Escarole, $1.50/hd - blanch and freeze for later use in soups
Kale, $1.50/bu
Carrots, $1.50/lb loose w/o greens
Cabbage, $ 1.50/hd red, $2/hd green
Celeriac, $1.50 ea
Beets, $1/pint
 
Seafood share: 
Canned clam products, LaMonica Fine Foods, Millville NJ - we have extras for additional purchase.
For the share, you will receive clam chowder (1 51 oz can), chopped clams (2 29 oz cans) and clam sauce (2 10.5 oz cans).
 
Clam Chowder, $6
Chopped Clams, $6.50
Clam Sauce, $ 3.50


See you on the Farm!  
Posted 10/19/2012 8:51pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
Click here for the End of Season Fall Newsletter. 


Also, renew your share for next season by Saturday and get the Early Bird discount.  After Saturday, memberships will open to the waiting list and new members.  You may sign up for a share at any point from now until closed, but we can not predict how quickly the available slots will fill.  We are expanding the program to accomidate the growing interest.
 
From all of us at B&B Farms, we thank you for supporting the CSA!
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.