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Posted 8/1/2012 5:10pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Week 8 Veggies:
Sweet Onions, Tomatoes (Slicers, Plums and Pick-Your-Own Cherries), Watermelon (red and yellow varieties) and Cantaloupe, Potatoes (whites), Peppers, Eggplant, Squash (lots of yellows, less zucchini), Cucumbers, Herbs (Cilantro, Dill, Basil, Parsley).  For the hot peppers, take what you need as most people use them in few dishes in small amounts.  If you would like more hot peppers, talk to us and we can swap something out or you can make a purchase.
 
Bulk Sales:  Eggplant ($1.50/lb) and peppers ($1.50/lb).  We have lots!  Increase your share size or bring a friend to check out the farm and buy some organic veggies.  Only peppers and eggplant this week.  As the tomatoes get heavy, we will let you know.  Tomatoes are about 2 weeks behind due to the hail damage earlier in the season but looking good.
 
Pick-Your-Own:  The cherry tomatoes will be open for the next few weeks so go out and get um!  We have containers for you to pick, you may keep these too.  The red and orange varieties are more plentiful than the black cherry for now.  Look low on the plants as they ripen close to the ground first.  OPEN ROWS ARE MARKED WITH PINK TAPE.  Please keep to the marked pick-your-own rows, we kindly ask that you do not wander into unmarked rows.  Also, some spots in the rows are tight, please be careful with the plants.  Thanks!
 
Seafood Share - Lobster!  Lobster will be cooked however, not live.  As this is a pilot program, we realized last night that the lobsters we expected to distribute live will not work. Why?  We were hoping to have the lobsters delivered Saturday morning and overnight storage would not be an issue.  Rather the delivery will be Friday night and we can hold them in a cooler/refrigerator but run the risk of moralities.  We do not have a cold salt water tank to keep the lobsters live overnight, and if we hold them live in coolers there is a chance we could loose a few.  Therefore we decided the best thing to do is have them cooked so we can hold them safely without issue.  As always, we will provide you with ways to handle your share.  You can still eat the lobster hot and with lots of butter, you just have to heat meat through in boiling water.  Or serve the meat cold in a salad, maybe with some nice tomatoes you just picked!  Regardless, it will be fresh and local and delicious. 
 
Support your local fisherman!  We will have extra lobsters on hand for those who would like to add to their share.  A lobster share is 2 lobsters, approximately 1 and 1/4 each.  Cost to be determined, it will be around $28 though.  Minimum purchase is 2 lobsters, we will not sell individuals.
 
As always, thanks for supporting the CSA and we look forward to seeing you in Farm Shop.
 
Jen
Posted 7/30/2012 4:07pm by Jennifer Lamonaca.
Posted 7/25/2012 4:07pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Week 7 Veggies:
Potatoes, Cantaloupe, Peppers (Bells; Hots - Jalapeno and Hungarian Hot Wax), Eggplant (Italian and Asian varieties), Beets, Scallions, Cucumbers, Squash, Herbs (Dill, Parsley, Basil).  Chinese Cabbage is keeping well so we can offer it again this week.  We will sell bulk too, $2.00/hd.
 
PICK YOUR OWN
Tomatoes, cherries, 3 varieties - Sungold (orange), Sakura (red) and Black Cherry (dark rose).  Looks like a pint for the Smalls and a quart for the Larges.  We will supply containers and mark the areas that you may pick.  PLEASE STAY IN THE MARKED AREAS AND PICK FAIRLY.  The cherries are just coming on and we want to be sure all members get a fair share.  We encourage eating off the vine, please enjoy, but we are not heavy with this crop yet.  Also, it is a little tight in some of the rows so please be careful walking through as to not damage the plants.  Thanks! 
 
Crop Update:
Greens are off the table for a few weeks as they bolt and become bitter with the heat.  We will be planting lettuce, spinach and other greens next week.  Cucumbers and Squash and winding down.  We do have another planting coming in but it is not as strong as the spring planting.  We will keep our eye on it and hope to get another nice flush of them soon.  Moving on to the next heavy hitters...Eggplant and Peppers.  We have lots and soon they will ripen to reds and golds.  Great for stuffing or add a chopped pepper to whatever you are making.  Peppers freeze well too.  Just slice and freeze, no blanching.  Watermelons (red and yellow varieties) are ripening, for now we will keep giving out the Cantaloupes.  Next week looks like more Tomatoes, slicers and plums.  Hope you like Tomatoes because we planted a ton! 
 
Other Farm news...the CSA is now CERTIFIED ORGANIC by the NJ Department of Agriculture!
 
Posted 7/19/2012 11:57am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Week 6 Veggies:
Cantaloupe, Peppers (Bells and Hots), Eggplant (Italian and Asian, your choice), Beets and Scallions.
Mix and Match Greens - Lettuce, Asian mix (great raw in salad or cooked) and Chard.
Mix and Match Veggies - Cabbage*, Zucchini/Yellow squash* and Cucumbers*.  We have been eating lots of these crops, so you choose what is best for your table.
 
Pick-Your-Own update
Tomatoes - Cherries just coming on, orange and red varieties.  We will open this soon for u-pick.  For now, help yourself to a sample in Farm Shop. 
Beans - Well the first seeding was eaten mostly by deer.  We do have some, but not enough for all to pick.  Staff will harvest what we can and put them out for a sample/Farm Shop snack along with the Tomatoes.  Help yourself to a handful.  We have seeded more beans which should be ready in about 3 weeks.
 
Bulk sales:
Cabbage $2.00/hd - last week for this crop.  It will keep well in the fridge for a while, or make meals and freeze for later use. 
Cucumbers $2.50/qt.  Pickles!
Squash, Zucchini and Yellow .75 each.  Shred and freeze, or make meals/breads and freeze.
 
Seafood #4 SCALLOPS!  We know this is a popular item so we will stock additional shares. The share will be 2lbs and cost $25.
 
See you on the Farm.
Posted 7/12/2012 7:22am by Jennifer Lamonaca.

Week 5 Veggies: Eggplant (Classic Italian and Asian varieties), Beets, Cucumbers, Zucchini/Yellow Squash, Radish (little spicy!), Cabbage (your choice Chinese, Red or Green), Herbs (your choice Parsley, Basil), Scallions and Greens – Lettuce, Kale, Stir Fry Mix.

On the Herbs, earlier in the season we planted Cilantro and Dill which went to seed before we could harvest much.  However, we have seeded more which should be available soon.  For now, we have lots of Basil and Parsley!  You can make pestos and/or freeze.  Also, herbs do well on your kitchen counter in a jar of water. Add a few flower stems for a nice display.

Cherry tomatoes are ripening and as soon as there is enough for all to pick, we will open this field. Looks like a good crop – the staff has been sampling, you know, quality control!  Also, we ate our first Cantaloupe, warmed in the sun right in the field and it was sweet.  Just another one of the perks of working on a farm!

Flower Care – please bring a jar/container of water for your flowers for the ride home, they will last longer.  I use a mason jar or something that will fit in my cup holder. Some members have mentioned their flowers are not lasting more than a day or two, but the staff has not found this to be the case. Although, if you are not happy with the product, please let us know!  Our flowers are field grown, fresh cut and delicate, not your commercial grocery store tanks!  We do not use floral preservative.  We cut, bunch and hand over to you, just as if they were out of your grandmother’s backyard.  Please keep them in water on your ride to wherever or they will wilt.  Flowers on the back seat of the car, in the bag with your veggies and/or on your counter at home for a while you are doing other things will shorten quality and longevity.  Also, remove the rubber bands and give the stems a trim to help water uptake. Flowers should last through the week. Enjoy.
See you on the Farm.
Posted 7/4/2012 4:33pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Week 4 Veggies: Greens - mix and match (Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Kale), Bok Choy, Cabbage - your choice (Napa or Red), Cucumbers, Yellow Squash/Zucchini, Beets, Hot Peppers (Jalapenos and Long Hots - both great for stuffing or a little heat in a dish), Scallions and Basil.  As a teaser, Eggplant, Sweet Peppers and Tomatoes are not far behind!
 
Produce tips:  Now is the time to make pickles!  Also stock up the freezer with Zucchini, make breads or shred raw for later use.  Greens freeze well too, blanch first.  Other ideas on the website, check it out.
 
Seafood Saturday:  Oysters!  More to follow on the fisherman and recipes.
 
Farm update: Friday night's storm on the website blog.
 
Farm Shop Hours Thursday 3-6 OR Saturday 9-12.
 
See you on the Farm!
Posted 7/4/2012 6:04am by Jennifer Lamonaca.

Hit again this season, and Friday’s storm was a big one.  Heavy rain, hail for some (not on the Farm though), damaging winds, widespread power outages, phone, internet and cable services compromised, trees down, lines down.  We got through Saturday, worn out, but we got through it!  On the Farm, we relied on a generator all day and into the night.  Not as easy as it sounds but my husband and father-in-law worked through the challenges to get the system running.  Without the generator, we would have lost our entire harvest in the walk in cooler, the meats and pies in the freezers and our fall crops in the greenhouse.   With our focus on getting the refrigeration secure, we almost overlooked the greenhouse which is on the other side of the Farm!   We had no water or a fan to keep the crops cool so they had to be quickly rescued from the near 140 degree heat!  With Art’s help, we ran back and forth with trays of broccoli, cauliflower and others from the intense heat of the greenhouse to the safety of the trailers outdoors – where it was much cooler!  We then transported the crops over to the generator and hooked up to a water source.  I think we lost only 1 tray of lettuce, the other 99% looks much happier now.  Thanks to everyone who helped out the CSA over the weekend.  The weather was hot, still and humid but we got it done. 

Without advanced warning of the storm, and the timing of it occurring in the middle of the night, Farm Shop was open on Saturday morning and members did pickup shares.  Along with everyone else, we realized the impact of this storm mid-morning on Saturday and the day continued to unravel.  If you missed Farm Shop, we certainly understand, but we were unable to have an additional pickup for members who could not make it out to the Farm Saturday.  We did lose some greens in the cooler and were not able to hold them aside as the power was out for some time before the generator was up and running.  We will harvest greens again this week for the shares.   If you were unable to pick up last week’s share as a result of the circumstances then you may take a little extra in Week 4.  Please take what you need.  

On the Farm, the crew is working hard to ensure the crops are in good condition and weeds and diseases are kept to a minimum.  We continue to harvest and plant crops along with other daily chores.  The fields are drying out and we have the tractors operating.  All things considered, we look good out here.  We got peppers and eggplant coming on and tomatoes continue to fill in the trellis.  Melons are ripening, we got greens, and beets are gorgeous – nicest beets I ever grew!  Oh, check out the garlic harvest hanging in the Farm Shop.  We will allow the garlic to cure for a few weeks and begin distribution soon after.  The CSA is resilient and we move forward. 

The Farm wishes our members and neighbors well and for a quick return to business as usual.  As of this update, I know areas are still without power and other comforts, hang in there!  We will see you on the Farm with veggies and positive vibes. 

As always, thank you for supporting the CSA,

Farmer Jen

Posted 6/27/2012 5:23pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
Week 2 down and onto Week 3.  For seafood members, let us know what you thought of the Squid.  Calamari anyone?  Oh, and for those who did not pick a copy of our Spring Newsletter, check it out on the website http://sfc.smallfarmcentral.com/dynamic_content/uploadfiles/1299/2012SpringNewsletter.pdf
 
WEEK 3 on the table:
Chinese Cabbage, Beets, Greens Mix (good for cooking or eating raw in salads), Bok Choy, Swiss Chard, Yellow Squash/Zucchini, Cucumbers, Herbs (Basil and Dill).
 
Measuring Greens - Please help yourself to a mound of greens!  We use the containers/scoops in the bins to calibrate the shares, and while it is an approximate measure, we expect members to take a good portion.  Our CSA model allows you to fill up on things and take what you need. 
 
Making choices - ALL members, large and small at times during the season will have to make choices! This is how our CSA works. Depending on the harvest and how the crops come in, we may ask you to take one thing and not the other.  Rest assured though that every member will get to experience whatever you like on the table and get a fair share for the week. 
 
Swap Table - New this week.  Now that everyone is familiar with how the CSA works and measuring out portions, if you do not want a part of your share and rather something else, check out the swap table.  You are on the honor system here so please swap fairly.  For example, you can swap your SHARE of cucumbers for your SHARE of cabbage, NOT 1 cucumber for 1 head of cabbage.  Staff will be around to help out.  This is a new addition to the Farm Shop, we will see how it goes.  YOU MAY ONLY SWAP FROM THE SWAP TABLE, NOT FROM THE MAIN DISTRIBUTION TABLES! 
 
Flowers - Flowers are an additional charge in Farm Shop and are not part of the share (unless you purchased a flower share in advance of the season).  To avoid confusion, flower share members, when you sign in, you may pick up your share from the counter.  For others who would like to purchase flowers, you may help yourself to the flower table and we will ring you up at the counter. Thanks!
 
Flowers, $4/bu or 3 for $10
 
Other products for sale -
Chicken Sausage, $6.50 ea:  White Wine, Parsley, Lemon; Granny Smith Apple; Sundried Tomato; Spinach and Feta
Gourmet Hot Pockets, $7.00 ea: Spinach and Feta; Sundried Tomato, Ricotta and Fennel
 
Help yourself to the freezers and we will ring you up at the counter.
 
ALSO Mushrooms, homegrown by our apprentice Caroline, $2.50 ea.  First come first serve.
 
FARM SHOP HOURS THURSDAY 3-6 OR SATURDAY 9-12.
 
Thank you for supporting the Farm and we look forward to seeing you in Farm Shop.
 
Jen
Posted 6/27/2012 6:24am by Jennifer Lamonaca.

 

Click here...2012 Spring Newsletter

Posted 6/14/2012 10:59am by Jennifer Lamonaca.

WEEK 1 VEGGIES:  Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Cooking greens/Asian mix (Tatsoi), Radish, Garlic Scapes, Cucumbers, Squash, Herbs (Basil, Parsley, Dill) and Flowers.

How does it work?  Please bring a bag/basket to pack your share.  Also bring a plastic bag or the like for packing your greens.  Please read the signs on the display bins, it will be noted what amounts you can fill up with.  Oh, and don't take the containers!  Just use to measure and dump the greens in your bag. Thanks!

For the Small shares, please note you will have to choose from certain items.  For example, smalls choose 1 bunch of kale OR 1 measured quart of greens.  You don't get both.  Large shares generally get all the options on the table. If during the season you find a small is just not enough and you would like to upgrade to a large share, let us know.

Other items in Farm Shop include Griggstown Farm products - chicken sausages ($6.50 ea) and gourmet hand pockets ($7.00 ea). http://www.griggstownquailfarm.com/

B&B Farms Blueberries open!  Pick-Your-Own $1.40/lb.  HOURS 8-4, 7 days a week, weather permitting.

Any questions, staff will be in Farm Shop to assist.  Like, what is a garlic scape and what do I do with it?  In the Farm Shop, connect with the farmers who grow your food, see where your food is grown and how it is handled and meet your neighbors.  We look forward to meeting you!

FARM SHOP HOURS:

THURSDAY 3-6 OR SATURDAY 9-12

If you miss a pick up or arrive late, we can not hold your share.  The Farm Shop opens and closes on time.  Please pick up your share BEFORE closing, give yourself a few minutes prior to closing.  Thanks!