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Posted 6/12/2011 10:56am by Jennifer Lamonaca.

Hi all. By now all shareholders should've received an email about Opening Day, Week 1.  I've heard from several shareholders they were having problems receiving farm updates.  If you did not receive the email "CSA WEEK 1_PICKUP THURS 6.23 OR SAT 6.25", please let me know so I can remedy the issue as I rely on my website email service to contact shareholders.  Also, please check to be sure these emails are not being filtered into spam or junk mail.

The CSA Farm shop will open for WEEK 1 pickup beginning THURSDAY 6.23!  You may pick up your share on 1 DAY PER WEEK, either THURSDAY 6.23 (3-6 PM) OR SATURDAY 6.25 (9AM-NOON).    

We will have some nice food for you!  Lots of greens - lettuce, swiss chard, Asian greens, herbs, arugula, yellow squash and zucchini and cucumbers.  U-pick Blueberries open too!  Also we will offer for sale in the Farm Shop fresh cut flower bunches and more. 

In anticipation of our Opening Day, we are putting the finishing touches on our walk-in cooler, irrigation system and cleaning up the barn.  We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Posted 5/17/2011 3:01pm by Jennifer Lamonaca.

SPRING UPDATE

Hello all and Happy Spring! We are busy transplanting our greenhouse efforts to the field and direct seeding crops.  Also we are entering heavy weeding season.  We have been working hard to get the farm and the food ready for the first pick-up which is coming mid-June.  Thanks to Art Brown for field prep; Don Lamonaca for irrigation solutions; Stacey Davis, our part time apprentice AND Work share staff for planting crops.

1ST PICKUP - We will be open for our first distribution/pickup the week of June 12th OR June 19th.  I anticipated an earlier start to the season but it is a wet spring.  Regardless, you will receive 20 weeks of produce. I will be sending more detailed information about how the pick-up works, what you can expect, where to park, what you may need to bring and answers to other questions you may have about the CSA. 

VOLUNTEERING – If you are interested in volunteering for planting and weeding, we could use a few extra hands.  Get a sneak peak at the farm!  Please contact me, email or phone.  Thanks!

Posted 4/18/2011 4:55pm by Jennifer Lamonaca.

Welcome back!  Welcome back to NJ Art and Carolyn Brown from a winter respite in FL.  I think Art was home not even an hour and the tractors were running!  The CSA is grateful for Art’s enthusiasm and love of farming which drives him to get out in the fields and work the soil.  Also big thanks for working with the greenhouse heater and getting my tractor set up with a seeder and cultivator.  Still making adjustments as the parts are coming together!  The Brown’s continued support with the young and growing CSA is much appreciated and contributes to the success of this program. 

Crop update:  The greenhouse is filling up fast with cucumbers, squash, melons, flowers, herbs, tomatoes, etc.  We have seed in the field too…beets and carrots and transplanted onions.  Next in line (when the fields dry out a bit) are spinach, swiss chard and Asian greens.  Soon we will transplant to the field potatoes, Chinese cabbage, scallions and fennel.   Oh, the garlic has popped too.  This is just for starters, more to follow.  The CSA plans to grow about 40 different crops and many varieties.  In the meantime, I am adjusting field layout plans and organizing recipes and such for the website.  If you have a recipe to share, send it to me and I’d be happy to post it. 

First share pickup?  I anticipate the first CSA distribution will be sometime in June.  A wet spring could delay our planting schedule while an exceptionally hot spring might push the crops to fruition quicker.  I will keep you posted on farm progress.

Crew update:  Stacey Davis, aspiring CSA farmer, has joined the crew part time.  Also work shares will appear soon.  I look forward to the much needed help planting and weeding! 

A few more thank you’s… Fernbrook Farms CSA and Honeybrook Organic Farm for their support with equipment and purchasing fertilizer, cover crop, etc.  Ryan (husband) and Don Lamonaca (father in law) for their support with the tractor, irrigation and walk in cooler.  With a hand from these folks, the CSA is preparing for a great season!

Posted 3/25/2011 5:15pm by Jennifer Lamonaca.

Thanks to all who have expressed interest in the Work share Program.   For those who have signed up and payment has been received, I will be in touch this coming week to discuss scheduling.  Work shares are competitive AND based on the needs of the farm.  Please refer to the Work Share Form for details.  I will do my best to accommodate everyone who expressed interest but I only have room for just a few.  If you signed up for a Work share recently and did not submit your payment, the slots are likely full.  Please consider signing up for a Regular share as space is available.  If you would like to be on a “waiting list”, please let me know as a slot may become available during the season.

Happy Spring!  Farmer Jen

Posted 12/2/2010 1:52pm by Jennifer Lamonaca.

Thank you for your interest in the farm!  If you would like to join the CSA for the 2011 growing season, please navigate to Sea Salt CSA then CSA Signup.  By completing the Signup, you reserve a slot.  This helps with our record-keeping.  To secure a share please print out the CSA Share Agreement Form, complete, sign and submit $100 deposit (nonrefundable).  Shares are first come first serve.  Please read the CSA Share Agreement Form and Work share Form for details.  We are excited about the upcoming season and look forward to seeing our returning members and meeting new ones.

Posted 11/28/2010 4:51pm by Jennifer Lamonaca.

CSA Signup OPEN for 2011 season.  Browse our website for CSA details and Signup.  Also check out our Farm Photos and more.  If you have questions/comments, please contact us.  We love our CSA customers!