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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!

Posted 7/12/2016 6:46pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA WEEK 5; pick up Wed 7/13, 1-6 pm, OR Sat 7/16, 9 am-2 pm. 

ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: Peppers (green bells and jalapenos), Eggplant, Cucumbers, Zucchini/Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Cabbage (red/green). Roots - carrots, beets and turnips. Last week for lettuce (maybe kale too) until later in the summer as these greens don't like the heat. Last week for Garlic scapes - check out the garlic bulbs hanging in the Farm Shop!  We cure these babies for about a month and distribute late Aug.  Mix and Match options.  

PICK YOUR OWN:

  • Green Beans!  2 rows open - Please keep to the walk ways - we have newly seeded crops in the open ground.  Thank you.  
  • Flowers and Herbs - flower field last week was wet and not so fun to pick.  We have been through with the tractor to help dry it out for a better pick your own experience. Enjoy!  1 big bunch of whatever you like.  Extras for sale, $2.50/bunch.  Don't forget your containers (water in back of Shop); strip leaves in field and drop on the ground.  
  • Coming soon (next week?)... sungold tomatoes! - new members you will love these!

EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE:

  • Breads/baked goods - Hammerbacher, EHC. Very popular!  Chefs Paul and Lauren are baking double to keep up with the demand.  We thank you for your support!
  • Chickens - Cycle Farms, Galloway Twp. Check out the small freezer - highest quality, local, free range.  Contact Farmer Melanie for more info.
  • Cheeses - Fulper Farms.
  • Produce - see Shop for pricing.  

Barn Concert - Sunday, July 24th - click here for info and to purchase tickets.  

See you on the farm.

Posted 7/11/2016 9:58am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Join us Sunday night, July 24th for a night of good music (Band of Lovers), food (Hammerbacher - Chef's Paul and Lauren) and folks (that's you)! See flyer for more info.

A portion of the proceeds to benefit Stockton University's Marine Science program (Stacy Moore Hagan Memorial Scholarship Fund).  A little background... prior to farming I had a career in Marine Science. I spent years in the field on the water hauling nets and sorting fish.  There is a special place in my heart for this scholarship effort as Stacy Hagan was my mentor for years when I was a young marine scientist working at the Rutgers University Marine Field Station in Tuckerton, NJ.  As I transitioned to farming, I carry with me her knowledge, skills, work ethic and tenacity.  She is a piece of my fiber that makes me stronger. I am proud to support this scholarship fund in her honor and grow the next generation of environmental stewards.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

Posted 7/5/2016 5:43pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 4; pick up Wed 7/6, 1-6 pm, OR Sat 7/9, 9am-2pm

On the Table in Farm Shop: Carrots, Beets, Cucumbers, Zucchini (green/yellow – your choice), Broccoli, Cabbage (red/green – your choice), Lettuce, Chard/Kale – your choice, and Garlic Scapes (make that pesto, get creative!).

Pick Your Own:

  • Flowers – FINALLY we are seeing more flowers!  What a heck of a year to be a farmer – everything is so late.  Pick a nice bunch of whatever is coming in – see sample in Shop.  Choose all sunflowers or a mixed bouquet.  CUT FLOWERS TIP – bring a container to fill with water (sink out back of Shop, help yourself); cut stems and strip leaves off immediately and toss them on the ground.  Keep your stems hydrated until you get home to make your arrangement.
  • Herbs.
  • BLUEBERRIES:  $1.65/lb.  OPEN 8-4, Mon-Sun.  Please call first though, 609-965-5558 or check Facebook for updates as we may close the fields due to heavy picking.  CSA pick up days – grab cans and check out in barn; non CSA pick up days – cans and check out at house garage.  Thanks!
NOTE: on the peas… to our new members (and returning), I know the peas were a big disappointment.  I thought we could stretch it out, but wet weather/disease early on took over very quickly.  It is hard to see it go down; much labor goes into growing this crop.  It was my pleasure to have mowed this field and we move on!
 
 
EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE:
  • Bulk produce:  cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and garlic scapes.  Maybe kale/chard too.  See Shop for pricing.       
  • Breads and Baked Goods – Hammerbacher, EHC.      
  • CHICKENS AND eggs:  Cycle Farms.  First come first serve.  In the small chest freezer as you walk in.  Free range, finest quality, local; and not your grocery store chicken! 
  • Cheeses, Chicken Sausages, Sea Salt. 

Barn Concert – see below for details.  Looking forward to it! 

Posted 6/28/2016 6:47pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 3: pickup Wed 6/29, 1-6 pm OR Sat 7/2, 9 am-2 pm.

CROPS: New on the Table… Beets, Zucchini/Yellow Squash, Cucumbers.  Beautiful Broccoli too!  Mix and Match Kale/Swiss chard.  Mix and Match Cauliflower/Kohlrabi.  More Lettuce, Spinach, Arugula.  Mix and Match Garlic scapes/Turnips.

PICK YOUR OWN: In the FieldsPeas – no limit.  Last week; sad to say, this was not a good year for peas.  Herbs – 1 bunch, your choice.  Sunflowers – 4 stems – harvest the center stem (even if it has side shoots, consider it 1 stem).  Some of the unopened side shoots will open at home and fill your bunch! Lavender in the herb bed too – 1 bunch, in addition to your other herbs.   

BLUEBERRIES:  $1.65/lb.  OPEN 8-4, Mon-Sun.  Please call first though, 609-965-5558 or check Facebook for updates as we may close the fields due to heavy picking.  CSA pick up days – grab cans and check out in barn; non CSA pick up days – cans and check out at house garage.  Thanks!

EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE:

  • Fresh Baked – breads and buns, hand pies, scones and cookies – infused with the farms’ herbs and greens.  Hammerbacher, EHC.         
  • Eggs – Cycle Farms, Galloway.  Also fresh chickens – see below for details.       
  • Chicken Sausages – Griggstown Farms, Princeton.        
  • Cheeses – new product – Sharp Cheddar Cheese – Dodges Market, Elmer.  Also your favorite Fulper Farms cheeses (mozzarella, feta and ricotta)… as soon as they are able to make more for us!  Good problem to have!

CHICKENS:  Cycle Farms/the egg lady.  Farmer Melanie will be harvesting birds this week – available in our Farm Shop Sat 7/2, and the following Wed.  First come first serve.

See you on the farm!  AND thank you for your support!   

Posted 6/21/2016 3:22pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 2; pickup Wed 6/221-6 pm OR Sat 6/25 9 am-2 pm.  

On the Table in Farm Shop: lots of healthy greens – chard (gorgeous rainbow chard!), spinach, kale, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic scapes, kohlrabi, turnip and radish.  Mix and Match options – look for the signs in Shop.  

Farmer Note:  Lettuce - has been a tricky crop this year.  If you so happened to get a really bitter head, please let us know!  We will be happy to replace it.  Some varieties are more tolerant to stress than others.  Also, more on peas below.  

Pick-Your-Own:

  • Peas.  1 row shelling; 2 rows snow; 5 rows snap – rows marked with yellow tape and signs. We opened them on Sat(sorry Wed folks, they were not ready then).  If you did not get peas last week, help yourself to a double share of peas this week.  Not our best crop this year; we have a disease, likely root rot from earlier wet conditions this spring.  Peas are good, but plants going down so pick um while you can.
  • Herbs.  1 bunch/share.  Take a handful/what you need for the week.  When we have extras for bulk picking we will let you know, or please ask.  Thank you.
  • Blueberries.  $1.65/lb.  Grab a can and have at it!  Half the field open, other half/variety next week.  Eat some now, freeze some for later.
  • Sunflowers?  Maybe – should be opening soon.  Other flowers on the way in the next week or 2; they are late this season. 

EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE:

  • Fresh baked breads AND more baked goods; sweet and savory – Hammerbacher, Egg Harbor City.  Featuring our vegetables, herbs, and blueberries!
  • Eggs, farm fresh – Cycle Farms, Galloway Twp.
  • Farmstead cheeses – mozzarella, ricotta, feta, cheddar – Fulper Farms, Lambertville. 

See you on the Farm!

Posted 6/14/2016 8:03pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

OPENING DAY! Pickup Wed 6/15, 1-6 pm; OR Sat 6/18, 9 am-1 pm.

ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: Spinach – gorgeous and lots of it! Kale (3 types to choose from: toscana, red russian, green curly), Arugula, Lettuce (reds and greens – from tender butter crunch to more crispy romaine types), Radish, AND no spring CSA share would be complete without the Kohlrabi and Garlic scapes!

IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS: Herbs (bring scissors) – we will decide tomorrow what will be open; not all will be open though as they need a bit more time so please check the signs.  Peas? Next week.  Blueberries?  Maybe Friday/Saturday – not quite ready for Wed – don’t worry, we will have plenty for all in the coming weeks.  NOTE: blueberries are an additional cost, not included in the CSA share.

HOW DOES IT WORK? Please bring your own bags/baskets.  Follow signs for parking in front of barn (additional parking available beyond blueberries, a little walk if you don’t mind).  Sign yourself in and say hi, and gather your share from around the display tables.  All crops will be labeled with what it is and how much you can take.  Pick your own fields will be too – friendly staff will be on hand to assist, just look for us in the Jersey Fresh. 

EXTRAS FOR SALE – Jersey Fresh from the following:

  • Fresh Baked Breads; also Scones, Cookies, and maybe a few surprises – I usually don’t know until our chef arrives at the farm, still warm and right out of the oven.  Featuring CSA veggies and herbs from Hammerbacher (our friends Paul and Lauren Erbacher), Egg Harbor City.
  • Chicken Sausage (frozen, uncooked) – feta/spinach; sundried tomato; white wine; broccoli raab – Griggstown Farm, Princeton.  Your greens never had it so good!  
  • Cheeses – fresh mozzarella, ricotta, cheddar and feta – Fulper Farms, Lambertville.
  • Eggs - Cycle Farms (farmer Melanie) – Galloway Twp.

See you on the Farm!