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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!
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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.

Posted 8/23/2016 6:33pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Week 11, CSA pick up Wed 8/24, 1-6 OR Sat 8/27, 9-2

On the Table in Farm Shop – Spaghetti squash!  This first of our winter squash series; it is a great year for winter squash.  This weekend I slipped into a Pinterest coma after searching out recipes; great stress reducer and I highly recommend it! More Melons – cantaloupe and red watermelon.  Leeks back on the table. Lots of tomatoes – nice reds and heirlooms (see below for pick your own too). Garlic – we are really happy with our garlic – try roasting and using as a spread.  Endless summer Mix and Match – eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini and peppers.  Plenty of Potatoes (red AND whites).

Sneak Peak… Arugula, Kale, Swiss chard coming in nice – greens will return with cooler weather.  Lettuce again before you know it.

Pick Your Own

  • Tomatoescherries AND plums – your choice, 2 quarts total.  Extras for sale.  Yes, the fields do get a bit unruly this time of season, but lots of ripe ones out there for your saucing pleasure (freezing and roasting). 
  • Herbsnew planting of basil – very tender – pick lots for pesto and freezing.  Thyme, chives, rosemary, tarragon too.  Consider freezing herbs – it’s easy, and your fall/winter dishes will thank you. 
  • Flowersnew zinnias open!  Sunflowers on the way soon AND green beans too.  I love green beans in the fall; they are our best.

Extras for Sale

  • Corn (pretty tasty!) – Pastore Orchards, Hammonton.  Sorry, no peaches this season though; we soooo look forward to Pastore peaches in August – crop loss due to late spring frost – tough year for farmers all around it seems with weather issues. 
  • Hammerbacher – fresh baked, homemade goodness!  Thank you Paul and Lauren for your continued efforts and supporting Jersey Fresh.  
  • Our produce - see Shop for details.  
  • Cheeses, Chicken Sausages, Eggs too. 
See you on the Farm!                                                                  

Posted 8/16/2016 7:48pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 10; pick up Wed 8/17, 1-6 OR Sat 8/20, 9-2.

On the Table in Farm Shop… Watermelon (nice reds!), Tomatoes (red beefsteaks AND heirlooms), Potatoes (reds and blue/gold), Onions, Garlic, Peppers (green bells, sweet reds/oranges), Eggplant, Cucumbers and Zucchini. Mix and Match options.

Farm Update: Where are we mid-season? Lots of great crops on the table AND more to follow. The excessive heat, humidity and no rain though is taking a toll on our fall crops (and our sanity) – how could it not in these prolonged conditions?! So, we will see blemishes and soft spots on crops like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, melons too – “sun-scald”, basically the crops are getting sunburned.  We have been irrigating and it does help, but some things like greens and Brussel sprouts had to be replanted several times. Other fall crops holding well, like winter squash – spaghetti squash coming soon.  Pray for rain, we really need it, and a break from the extremes.  We are farmers, we get through it!  We do plan for these things and do our best to spread out the risk.  Thank you for your support!

Pick Your Own…  If you have extra quart containers, please re-use them.  We have some, running low - use to measure and leave for the next person. Thanks!

  • Tomatoescherries AND plums – your choice – 1 quart total.  Extras for sale.  Roast and freeze for later use. Put um up!
  • Flowers  new sunnys and zinnias coming in; a few weeks away.  Red gomphrena holds well in the heat – pair with herbs for a nice bouquet. 
  • Herbs – lots out there. Basil AND Thyme are my favorites for roasting cherry tomatoes. 

Extras Jersey Fresh for Sale...

  • Our Farm Fresh Produce – see Shop for what is available. 
  • Hammerbacher – fresh baked breads and other amazing goods!  Pickles in fridge.
  • Cheeses – mozzarella, feta, ricotta; Chicken Sausages; Eggs.

See you on the Farm!  

Posted 8/9/2016 6:35pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 9 (mid season madness!); Pickup Wed 8/10, 1-6, OR Sat 8/13, 9-2.

On the Table in Farm Shop... Garlic! Tomatoes - juicy, Jersey Fresh beefsteaks AND heirlooms (red/green stripes, oranges, black cherries oh my!). Melons - yellow watermelon and cantaloupe. Onions back on the table.  Potatoes - fresh dug blues AND reds.  Mix and Match options - eggplant, peppers (green bells, AND sweet reds/oranges), zucchini/ yellow squash, cucumbers and cabbage.

Pick Your Own...

  • Tomatoes - 1 quart total, your choice: sungolds (orange heaven) AND red cherry.  EXTRAS FOR SALE. Farm Tip: pick extra and roast - cool and freeze, or use in meals for the week. Spread on crusty bread or crackers, pair with a soft cheese if you like.  
  • Herbs - 1 big bunch, your choice: plenty of basil, thyme, rosemary, chives, tarragon. Some parsley and oregano too. 
  • Flowers. 

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale...

  • Hammerbacher - fresh baked breads and pastry, pickles (salt/vinegar AND fermented type) , AND maybe farm-fresh melon Popsicle's? Check freezer.  
  • Eggs - Cycle Farms.
  • Chicken Sausages - Griggstown Farms.
  • Cheeses - yes, we have the mozzarella; fresh ricotta and feta too - Fulper Farms. 
  • OUR FARM PRODUCE!  Bring a friend and show off YOUR farm!  Extras for sale listed in Shop.  

See you on the Farm.  

Posted 8/2/2016 5:14pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA #8; Pickup Wed 8/3, 1-6 OR Sat 8/6, 9-2.

ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP… Yellow Watermelon and Cantaloupes!  EXTRAS FOR SALE – best melons we’ve grown!  Yellows – handle with care; the rind is very thin and delicate, literally bursting with sweet yellow flesh.  Don’t let them roll around in your vehicles…you may have a broken melon mess.  A CSA treat, the flavor is outstanding; not going to find at the grocery store because it is not a long haul/ shipping variety.  Cantaloupes – personal sized, appropriately named “Sugar Cube”, 2 per share. 

Jersey Tomatoes

  • Red beefsteaks – 2 per share (slow to ripen throughout the Garden State, starting to come in; spring weather issues continue to burden farmers’ crops into the season).  
  • Heirloom types – orange beefsteaks, black cherry, striped plums and green zebras to choose from. 
  • Pick-Your-Own – Sungolds and red cherry types, see below for details.  

MORE new crops on the table… Peppers – sweet red AND oranges, green bells too; Leeks; Eggplant (Italian heirloom AND classic type), Potatoes (blue/gold). Also Mix and Match – Zucchini/Yellow squash, Cucumbers and Cabbage.

PICK YOUR OWN…

  • Tomatoes – 1 quart Sungold AND 1 pint Reds.     
  • Herbs – lots of Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Chives and Tarragon.  Light on Parsley, oregano.  Our second planting of cilantro, dill and parsley took a hit with the heat wave.  Will try again!
  • Flowers – lots of sunflowers; zinnias making a comeback.  Try red globe type (gomphrena) and white/purple rows (salvia) – really nice, lots of them and easy to pick – no scissors needed, just snap at base of stems.  See sample in Shop.  Other flowers fighting out there – they don’t like wet feet.  More planted for later harvest closer to Shop (and hopefully drier).   

EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE

  • Tomatoes – pick your own ONLY; Watermelon AND Cantaloupe; veggies (flowers and herbs) too – see Shop for details.
  • HAMMERBACHER – fresh baked breads and more.  Try their fermented pickles in the fridge (good for you!).
  • Chicken Sausages, Cheeses and Eggs. 
See you on the Farm!

Posted 7/26/2016 6:02pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 7; pick up Wed 7/27, 1-6 pm, OR Sat 7/30, 9 am-2 pm.

On the Table in Farm Shop…

Potatoes (blue outside/gold inside – wow!), Onions (fresh and sweet – unlike grocery store I promise), Tomatoes (red slicers and heirlooms coming in, 1 per share). Peppers, green bells and jalapeno (some color, red and orange showing in field, not quite ready for harvest though).  Still plenty of cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, cabbage, beets and turnips.  Mix and Match options.  I have been roasting and grilling and stuffing like crazy – tis the season!

Sneak peek next week – watermelon (yellows, reds) and cantaloupe – going to be a great melon year!  More tomatoes on the way – we have tons planted, just waiting for Mother Nature to ripen them.

Pick-Your-Own…

  • Tomatoes (orange and reds) – 1 pint.  More ripening every day. 
  • Herbs – very nice basil, chives, tarragon, rosemary and thyme.  Parsley too, just not as plentiful as others.  We have more planted for later harvest, along with more basil and cilantro. 
  • Flowers – sunflowers and others. 

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale…

  • Bring a friend and show off your farm – we got some bumper crops – eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage.  Extra Flowers and Herbs too - $2.50/bunch.
  • Fresh Baked Breads, pastry and more (homemade pasta and pickles) – Hammerbacher, EHC.  The finest quality, amazing talent Paul and Lauren share with us every week, incorporating our farm fresh produce. Thank you for supporting their efforts – follow them on Facebook for updates.
  • Cheese, the best local cheddar – from Dodges Market, Elmer.
  • Eggs and Chickens (few in the freezer) – Cycle Farms. 
  • Chicken Sausage – Griggstown Farm.  

See you on the Farm.

Posted 7/24/2016 8:28am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Concert Goers - looking forward to today's event!

Sunday, July 24th at 6 pm.

  • Farm Eats/cookout begin 6 pm (not included in ticket price) - Farm to Table by Hammerbacher including:

Sammy's on fresh baked breads - Burgers on Milk/Butter buns; Eggplant and Sungold Tomatoes on Semolina.

Veggie Sides - Grilled Zucchini and Fresh Herbs; Cucumber with Yogurt/Sprouted seeds;

Grilled Corn with chili/queso fresco; Slow Roasted Carrots/Honey.

Dessert - Peach Gallettes, Cookies.

 
More Info:
  • Registered guests please check in with us under the tent. We are sold out!  
  • Bring a chair (we will have some).
  • BYOB.  Complimentary fruit/cucumber water on hand.  
  • Bring your appetite!  Food service in rear of barn - order up/grab and go.
  • Please drive safe!  Extra parking behind barn on side - look for orange cones.

See you on the Farm.

Posted 7/19/2016 8:02pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 6, pickup 7/20 1-6 pm, OR 7/23 9 am-2 pm. 

On the Table in Farm Shop... Eggplants – sure to impress! Peppers – green bells (lime/dark greens) and jalapenos.  Cucumbers for your pickling pleasure!  Mix and Match – Broccoli and Cabbage.  Mix and Match Zucchini (yellow and green); baby/delicate Yellow squash too.  The Roots – Carrots, Beets, Turnips.  AND 1 more week of Garlic scapes!  (sneak peak week 7... onions, leeks, potatoes?).

Pick Your Own…

  • TOMATOES! Just coming in – Sungolds (sweet oranges – love at first bite!), and a new red variety, Matts Wild – tiny little things, not small on flavor though.  Look low on the plants as they ripen from bottom to top – 1 pint total. 
  • Green Beans – 1 quart total.  Beans not loving the persistent heat and humidity, but still good to pick; we have more planted for later harvest. 
  • Herbs and Flowers – 1 bunch each of your choice – extras for sale, $2.50/bunch.

Barn Concert and Cookout, Sunday July 24th. Folk Music (Band of Lovers); Eats (Hammerbacher) – nearly sold out – if interested, talk to us in Farm Shop; sign ups closed on website.  Looking forward to a joyful night!

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale…

  • Corn – Pastore Orchard, Hammonton.
  • Breads and Baked Goods – Hammerbacher.
  • Eggs and Chickens – Cycle Farms.
  • Chicken Sausage – Griggstown Farms.
  • Cheeses – Fulper Farms (they are making cheese as we speak!).

See you on the Farm!