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Posted 10/18/2016 5:32pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 19; final pick up for the season. Wed 10/19, 1-6 OR Sat 10/22, 9-2.  Followed by our End of Season Farm To Table Dinner.

On the Table in Farm Shop… Stock up the pantry with Potatoes (red/whites), Sweet potatoes, Garlic and Winter squash (butternut, buttercup, delicata, sweet dumpling). Greens – Lettuce, Spinach, Kale and Chard.  Also, Cabbage, Broccoli, Carrots, Peppers, Beets and Turnips.  Pick-Your-Own Herbs – make a nice kitchen bouquet for the counter, or freeze/dry.   

Cranberries – Simons Berry Farm, Tabernacle – a CSA thank you gift for being a part of our season; grab a pint and recipe book. Wrapped in our B&B Farms 30th anniversary labels (from years ago when we packed blueberries).  I think I am going to frame one! We love our CSA customers; your support is much appreciated.   

Coffee – Boardwalk Beans, Pleasantville.  Serving free samples and selling full pours!  Beans/ground coffee for sale too; featuring fair trade and organic.  A roasty, toasty sendoff to the season!  

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale…

  • Fresh Baked Hammerbacher – breads, pies and other goods.  Paul and Lauren, thank you for going the extra mile for us; we look forward to working together and expanding our farm vision.  Your talent, energy and commitment to community are admired.    
  • Griggstown FarmsLast chance for Griggstown products (we are stocked up for the last Shop). Potpies (chicken, beef, veggie). Chicken sausage (broccoli rabe, sun dried tomato, granny smith apple).  My winter is not complete without a freezer full of Griggstown!
  • Cheese – cheddar, Dodges Market.  Makes a good mac and cheese. 
  • Eggs – Cycle Farms.  Thank you farmer Melanie for your hard work and being a part of another CSA season.  We had hoped for more chickens and a pork sale, but as the season goes, Mother Nature had interrupted our plans.  We applaud your efforts!  

HARVEST DINNER, SUN OCT 23RD, 4-7 pm @ B&B Farms CSA – Hammerbacher preparing an outstanding menu –  CSA staff will be serving up appetizers, followed by a generous buffet dinner.  Desserts and coffee too.  BYOB.  Music by Laney Jones.  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.   

CSA SHARES – 2017 memberships open for renewals and new members – help us spread the word and continue to grow our CSA!  Your upfront payment helps us in many ways to keep our small family farm in business and thriving.  We thank you for being a part of this farm journey with us.  CLICK HERE FOR CSA SHARES.   

See you on the Farm. 

Posted 10/17/2016 11:09am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
Harvest Dinner @ B&B Farms CSA
As the sun sets on our CSA season, we hope you can join us for our End of Season Harvest Celebration. Experience creative farm food prepared with love, live music in the fields and farm friends all around the table!    
  • Sun, Oct 23rd; 4-7 pm.  
  • appetizer hour and buffet dinner/dessert by Hammerbacher; BYOB
  • Live Music: by Laney Jones
  • Tickets: $45/adult, kids (under 10) $20. 
  • RSVP by Wed, Oct 19th.  Seating is limited to CSA members and a guest.
 
CSA Shares on Sale, 2017 memberships
SHARE OPTIONS: 
  • THE HARVESTER, $579 - Family sized; feeds 3-4 people, or a veggie loving couple.  Renewing members: if you were happy with the amount of food you received this season, this is for you.
  • THE BASIC, $480 - Individual sized; feeds 1-2 people. Renewing members: if you prefer less food, then go with The Basic.   
  • PICK-YOUR-OWN - INCLUDED IN THE COST OF A SHARE: peas, green beans, cherry tomatoes, flowers and herbs (when available).  Amounts you can pick will compliment the above mentioned share size and we offer extras for sale if you would like to pick more. 
 
Thank you for supporting our family Farm!
Posted 10/13/2016 3:22pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Accepting Renewals AND New Members for 2017 - tell a friend, help us grow our CSA!

WHY PAY NOW?  By selling CSA shares in advance of the growing season, it reduces the burden of up-front costs for the farmer, and is an investment in your community by keeping the agricultural landscape thriving. Your membership fees now provide us with an income to pay off end of season loans on equipment/infrastructure and annual operating costs, helps purchase seed and other resources before the season starts and pay staff.  We are fortunate to have many great folks who are proud to support our CSA - thank you!     

SHARE OPTIONS:

  • The Harvester, $579.  Family sized; feeds 3-4 people, or a veggie loving couple.  If you were happy with the amount of food you received this season, this is for you.
  • The Basic, $480.  Individual sized; feeds 1-2 people. If you prefer less food, then go with The Basic.   

2017 PRICING: our farm at a glance and the future.  Weather. An unusual cold/wet spring and lack of sun followed by extreme heat and drought conditions July and August increased our annual operating expenses. The cost of reseeding/planting 3 times over is expensive and labor intensive. Also we had a significant increase in electric for irrigation and refrigeration. Sustainability. As the business grows, we continue to invest in equipment, infrastructure and land, while at the same time seeking to provide fair wages for us as farmers and our dedicated staff.  We work hard to bring the harvest to the table - our produce is local, healthy, nutritious and delicious!  We are grateful for our customers support as you help keep our small family business in business and therefore sustainable.    

NO DISCOUNT? In lieu of a discount for early bird sign up or payment in full, receive a farm gift bag filled with cool stuff (you can eat it, wear it and tote it around and show off "your" farm!).  Available on your 1st CSA pickup in the spring.  We greatly appreciate your commitment to our farm and again thank you for your support.  

OUR CSA VALUE - What do you get for your investment? 

  • ON FARM PICK UP – bring your friends/family and show off “your” farm! Experience the farm weekly; meet the community; Know Your Farmer; build up your farm/food education; walk the fields and pick-your-own crops (flowers, herbs and more). 
  • MARKET STYLE – offers choices – mix and match; pack your own share.
  • SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS/ARTISANS – extra Jersey Fresh for sale – fresh baked breads, fruit, cheeses, meats and more. 
  • QUALITY – direct from our farm to your table – fresh healthy veggies and friendly customer service!   
Posted 10/12/2016 6:41am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Wk 18; Pickup Wed 10/12, 1-6 OR Sat 10/15 9-2

CSA friends, with frost flirting with us this week, our season is nearing the end; next week will be our last CSA pickup, Week 19.  As farmers, we count our blessings for the successes, support of our customers, our staff, and families and friends. Thank you! A hot and dry one this year, a season for the record books; we were happy the tomatoes, melons, peppers and eggplant did not seem to mind!  While we do plan for a 20 week season, Mother Nature has the final word.  We praise her for the winter squash bounty, potatoes and garlic (we hope your pantry is stocked!).  We are thankful the excessive heat and drought conditions spared our carrots, beets and greens.  Some fall favorites though inevitably have been set back – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, fennel, leeks.  On the upside, we are planning a holiday share; along with these crops, Brussels sprouts, and what we can root cellar, it looks promising. See more on next season and Farm Dinner - we hope you will join us!  

On the Table in Farm Shop… new – Spinach! Also Lettuce, Carrots, Cabbage (red/green), Green beans, Garlic, Sweet potatoes, Winter Squash (butternut, delicata, buttercup, sweet dumpling), Potatoes (red/white), Beets, Turnips, Swiss Chard. Mix and Match options. 

Pick-Your-Own… Herbs – freeze/dry or make a kitchen counter bouquet.    

Extras for Sale…

  • Hammerbacher – breads, pies and more! 
  • Apples – Crispin, Winesap and Golden delicious.  Great value, fresh picked and Jersey Fresh! 
  • Potpies and Chicken sausages, Griggstown Farms – selling fast!  Stock up the freezer for the winter. 
  • Cheese – Dodges cheddar; AND Eggs – thank you farmer Melanie!

CSA Renewals and New memberships – tell a friend! Pay in Full and receive a farm gift bag with your first CSA pickup next spring. Payment options too.  New for 2017 – 2 share sizes

  • The Harvester $580; family size, or a veggie loving couple.
  • The Basic $480; individual/2 person share.

Farm to Table DinnerSun, Oct 23rd. 4-7 pm.  BYOB.  Family style by Hammerbacher.  Live music.  Tickets: adults $45/person, kids under 10, $20Seating is limited to CSA customers.  If you would like extra tickets, please let me know and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

Sign up for CSA and Dinner on our website later today, or in Farm Shop.

See you on the Farm.

Posted 10/4/2016 5:56pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Week 17; pick up Wed 10/5, OR Sat 10/8
October is here and it is lovely.  Time for sweaters, blankets, fall festivities, soups and stews.  Also time to think about renewing your CSA share!  Details to follow soon - and thank you for all the love and support!  

On the Table in Farm Shop...

Carrots, Cabbage (red/green), Broccoli, Beets, Sweet potatoes, Winter Squash (Butternut, Delicata, Buttercup, Sweet Dumpling), Lettuce, Radish, Kale, Swiss chard, Potatoes (red, white, blue), Peppers, Garlic, Leeks, Onion, Turnips and .  All the makings of a good soup!  Mix and Match options.  Green beans too – see pick your own. 

Pick-Your-Own…

  • Green beans – we have been picking this crop for Shop due to bad weather; either too hot or too wet.  We don’t want our CSA customers missing out! Take a quart (in Shop), pick a quart (from the fields).
  • Herbs – lots to freeze/dry, or keep as a kitchen bouquet for the week.  Herbal therapy!
  • Flowers? Depends on the weather.  Might be the last of the zinnias. 

Extras for Sale…

  • Hammerbacher – EHC.  Fresh baked breads.  Pies and pastry too!
  • Apples – Nichols Orchard, Franklinville.  New varieties – Winesap and Fuji.  Also Golden/Red Delicious.
  • Potpies (chicken, veggie, beef) – Griggstown Farms.  Puff pastry crust melts in your mouth!  Keep frozen until ready to bake; 400 for 1 hr 20 min.  Worth the wait!
  • Chicken Sausages – Griggstown Farms.  New for fall, Granny Smith Apple!  Also Broccoli Rabe, Sundried Tomato, White wine/parsley, Spinach/Feta.
  • Say Cheese!Dodges Market, Elmer; cheddar is back! Also a few Fulper Farms in fridge (ricotta). Get fresh and local while they last!
  • Eggs – Cycle Farms, Galloway Twp. 

Community Events…

See you on the Farm.


Posted 9/27/2016 5:49pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Wk 16; pickup Wed 9/28, 1-6 OR Saturday 10/1, 9-2.

October?! Welcome Fall.

On the Table in Farm Shop...

Greens - Arugula; Lettuce; Swiss chard; Kale. New crops - Broccoli and Turnips. Also Beets; Sweet potatoes, and white/red potatoes; Garlic; Radish; Peppers; Winter squash. Mix and Match options.

Pick-Your-Own...

  • Green beans! So many, 2 patches open. Load up! Freeze for later use - blanch first. Think holidays and extending your CSA value. 
  • Flowers and Herbs. 
Extras for Sale
  • Apples! Local, Nichols Orchards, Franklinville
  • Hammerbacher breads and baked goods.
  • Chicken sausages, Eggs, Cheese.
  • Produce, see Shop for details. 

Farm to Table Dinner, save the date! Sunday, October 23. Details and tickets on sale soon.
See you on the Farm. 

 

 

Posted 9/20/2016 3:40pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 15: pick up Wd 9/21, 1-6, OR Sat 9/24, 9-2.

On the Table in Farm Shop…

Beets – the big, the beautiful fall beet!  Winter squash – introducing “Delicata” (green striped, thin skinned and sweet) – see farm tips below.   Also Butternut and Spaghetti options.  Lettuce – gorgeous, tender – tis the season for salads again.  Add Radish too!  Kale – Toscana variety, also known as dinosaur kale.  Sweet Potatoes – lots of recipes out there for kale and sweets; share your CSA creations with us!  Pantry staples – Leeks, Onions and Garlic.  Mix and Match options – Peppers, Potatoes (red, white, blues), Swiss chard.

Farm Tips

  • Winter Squash – cut in half, remove seeds, roast at 425 until fork tender; either cut side down in half inch water, OR face up w/ butter, maple syrup, salt, pepper.  Season with fresh herbs post baking.  Try twice baking – saute leftover veggies, meat if you like or a bread filling, maybe some cheese; stuff baked squash and return to oven to heat through. 
  • Beets – easy! If you can make hard boiled eggs, you can make beets.  Boil whole (remove greens first and use for something else), when fork tender, about 30-40 min, drain/run under cold water, rub skins off.  Keep in fridge for whenever – I love them sliced on salads, or paired with green beans and crumbled cheese. 

Pick-Your-Own…

  • Green Beans – have at it – it rained!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Lots of green beans out there.  Extras for sale – bring a friend and show off “your” farm!  We have 2 patches – only 1 open this week – pick the beans in center of field; the patch nearest herbs is not open yet.
  • Flowers and Herbs – plenty of zinnias, sunflowers and herbs.  Big bunches!

Extras for Sale…

  • Hammerbacher – breads and baked goods. 
  • Cheeses, Eggs and Chicken Sausages.
  • Produce – see Shop for details. Bring a friend!

See you on the Farm.

P.S. Thank you for all the rain dances and whatever prayers you said for the Farm. We really were sweating it out - literally!  Cheers to fall.

Posted 9/13/2016 5:42pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 14; Pick Up Wed 9/14, 1-6 OR Sat 9/17, 9-2.

On the Table in Farm Shop…

Butternut! For all your winter squash – use as a centerpiece display until ready to eat; they keep for weeks (if not months).  Green Beans!  Really nice and tender.  Usually a pick-your-own crop; we have done the work for you.  Lack of rain is holding the plants back and they are not rooted well. As soon as we have an abundance for PYO, we will open the fields.  Mix and Match Greens – Kale or Swiss chard.  Farm tips:  Kale – tender enough for a salad.  Add to soup/stews.  Rainbow chard, a CSA special, not likely at the grocery store.  I love it!  Sauté stems first in olive oil, then add greens, season with salt/pepper.  Serve as a side or add to a main dish.  New Arugula – much more tender AND mild than previous crop – the cooler weather really makes all the difference.  Peppers – soooo many!  Freeze for later use.  Tomatoes (a few plums and maybe heirlooms – last week).  Eggplant too.  Pantry staples – Garlic, Potatoes, Onions, and Leeks.  Sneak Peak – with rain in the forecast (oh please!), lettuce should be available next week; beets and carrots looking promising; and digging sweet potatoes.

Pick-Your-Own…

  • Flowers – the zinnias are amazing!  15 stems, plus sunflowers.  Strip the leaves as you pick, they will last longer.  Add a few stems of basil for green (and smells nice!), and you will be the envy of your non CSA friends! 
  • Herbs – plenty of basil and others.  Now is the time to dry/freeze and put up for the winter months.  Extend your CSA value. 

Extras for Sale…

  • Hammerbacher – assorted fresh baked breads; peach pie, muffins; hand pies and more. Pickles in fridge too. 
  • Cheeses (feta, cheddar, ricotta and mozzarella); Eggs; Chicken Sausages.
  • Apples? Still waiting on Mother Nature.  I talked with our apple farmer and he is at least 2 weeks behind due to weather issues this year.  In a normal year, we would have brought in peaches for weeks followed by apples now.  This year is one for the record books.  We farm on!
Upcoming Event...
 
 
Music Lovers and Science Supporters unite! Folk Across the Street is excited to announce that Circa Blue will be performing at the Stockton University Campus Center Theater, October 7th, 2016 in support of the Stacy Moore Hagan Memorial Undergraduate Estuarine Science Internship ProgramTickets and additional information can be found online at: www.circablueatstockton.eventbrite.com
 
See you on the Farm.
Posted 9/6/2016 5:00pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 13, pick up Wed 9/7, 1-6 OR Sat 9/10, 9-2.  

Back to School! Best wishes to all for a smooth transition back to school AND healthy eating! The Farm has got you covered.  Tis the season for 1 dish wonders - the beloved casseroles, and get out the crock pot.  More easy? Chicken sausages, pasta and any veggies will do for a quick meal.  Plan ahead – cook up winter squash and keep on hand in fridge for another quick meal.  Share your back to school recipes with us; let’s keep each other on the right track!  On Facebook @bbfarmsnj, or #bbfarmscsa on Instagram.

On the Table in Farm Shop… Greens Mix and Match – Kale, Swiss chard, Arugula.  (Sorry, greens are slow this year with no rain and heat – more to follow as soon as Mother Nature says so).  Winter Squash – NEW, Buttercup, and Spaghetti.  Garlic, Tomatoes (slicers, heirlooms, plums), Mix and Match – Eggplant/Peppers (really sweet!), Mix and Match – Onions/Leeks.  Farm Tip:  For winter squash, Buttercup is wonderful roasted and mashed – add roasted garlic (or caramelized onions/leeks) to the mash, salt/pepper/fresh herbs.  Or try open faced with butter and brown sugar.  Kids will love it!  Makes a great “pumpkin” pie and quick breads too. 

Pick Your Own…

  • Tomatoes – on the way out.  Some cherries if you are interested.  Plums – not much, but you are welcome to walk through.  We have gleaned the plums and will give them out in Farm Shop over the next 2 weeks. 
  • Flowers – lots of sunnys and zinnia; farm bouquets - pair with herbs. 
  • Herbs – gorgeous Basil!  Please pick lots and make pesto.  OR at least nice to have on the counter for aroma therapy.  Try drying AND freezing herbs too.  I love them hanging in the kitchen. 
  • Green Beans?  Definitely hurting for some rain (as everything is!) – could be some for Sat, but likely next week. 

Extras For Sale…

  • Hammerbacher – For Wed - fresh baked breads AND hand pies (stuffed with mac/cheese!), scones (cheddar/pepper), apple pies, crostini’s. Saturday more goodness. Check out the fridge for pickles and roasted peppers.  Please follow Hammerbacher on Facebook – Know Your Farmer AND your Baker!
  • Chicken Sausages – Griggstown Farms…we do love these things.
  • Eggs - Cycle Farms.  Thanks Farmer Melanie!
  • Cheeses – Fulper Farms; ricotta, mozzarella, feta and cheddar for your fall-like dishes.
  • Extra Veggies – watermelon, peppers, garlic, winter squash, and maybe eggplant, tomatoes. 

Charity Events: 

Cycling Enthusiasts… click here for CSA member Dr. Harry Chaikin’s message – truly inspiring! 

If you decide to support the efforts against hunger and homelessness and M.S. – bless you!  Each organization is recognized as a charitable cause for tax purposes.  (AND thank you Harry for your efforts!).
 
See you on the Farm.


Posted 8/30/2016 7:01pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 12; Pick up Wed 8/31, 1-6 OR Sat 9/3, 9-2

On the Table in Farm Shop…

Greens back – Arugula – a bit peppery due to the heat; as temps cool off the flavor mellows.  Add to your tomato sammys or pair with a Red Watermelon/Feta for your Labor Day festivities.  Prefer a classic potato salad? We got the potatoes!  More Spaghetti Squash.  Leeks and Onions – Mix and Match.  Garlic, and plenty of Tomatoes – don’t forget the Basil.  Eggplant and Peppers – Mix and Match.  Might be last of cucumbers and zucchini/yellow squash – we will walk the fields for last time tomorrow.  Farewell summer!

Pick Your Own…

  • Flowers – Sunflowers galore!  Pick 6 stems – Extras for sale, .50 cents/stem.  Zinnias too – pick a nice bunch, in addition to sunflowers. 
  • Tomatoes – still plenty out there – sungolds, red cherries and plums.  Extras for sale. 
  • Herbs – basil is gorgeous, don’t be shy.  Others too. 

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale...

  • Hammerbacher – fresh baked breads and baked goodness!  Check out fridge for pickles.
  • Eggs and Chicken Sausages.  Low on cheese – we will do another run soon. 
  • AND Farm Fresh produce - see Shop for details.  
See you on the Farm.