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Posted 10/12/2015 8:22am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
A CSA MEMBER EVENT! We have partnered with Leatherhead (the bread people) to bring the fall harvest to the table. It will be great - our first dinner on the farm! We are pairing our produce (and other local Jersey Fresh provisions), with chef Paul Erbacher's talent for an end of season celebration. BYOB.
 
WHEN: SUN, OCT 25TH
WHERE: SEA SALT CSA @ B&B FARMS; CSA BARN
TIME: 4-7 PM
COST: $35/PERSON ($17.50 KIDS UNDER 12) - seating is limited, this is a CSA member event.
 
To purchase a ticket - click here, or see us in Farm Shop. RSVP by Sat, Oct 17th.
 
 
RENEWAL AND NEW MEMBERSHIPS - 2016 SIGN UP OPEN! COST $540; Early Bird discount for Payment In Full ($513), OR 3 payment installments of $180.
 
 
Posted 10/12/2015 6:59am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
Posted 10/7/2015 6:34am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 18: PICKUP WED 10/7, 1-6 OR SAT 10/10 9-2
 
RENEWALS. We are a Community Supported Agriculture program – we do not exist without your support!  Become a member today for 2016 - secure your slot for next season and help “your” farm grow the local agricultural landscape.  Accepting renewals AND new members.  Thank you for your support! 
  • COST $540: PAY IN FULL (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT $513); OR 3 INSTALLMENTS OF $180: 1ST due at signup, 2ND due Feb 1, 3RD due May 1. 
  • HOW DO I SIGN UP? In Farm Shop; On the website - I will have the payment link set up later this week; Or by mail. We accept credit/debit, check or cash. 
ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: NEW CROPS! SPINACH! Other greens - SWISS CHARD, KALE, LETTUCE AND BOK CHOY - Mix and Match options. CAULIFLOWER - gorgeous heads! CARROTS (a bit small due to wash out's early on, but still carrots - more in our end of season newsletter). CABBAGE (red and green), SWEET POTATOES, WINTER SQUASH, GARLIC. Mix and Match - TURNIPS, POTATOES, PEPPERS. 
 
IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS: HERBS - good stuff remains in the fields - rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, chives - do you have any in the freezer? Herbs make nice bouquets too - fresh or dried. FLOWERS - some, but the rain and cooler weather are finishing them off for the season. BEANS? Maybe next week, although the rain last week might have been too much for this crop.
 
EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE: NEW PRODUCT - PICKLES!
  • PICKLES - Jersey Gina's Gems. Fresh packed garlic dills, bread and butter's (sweet and spicy), AND pickle dip (my new favorite!). Check them out in the fridge.
  • APPLES - Nichols Orchard. NEW VARIETIES! 
  • BREADS - Leatherheads.
  • CHICKEN SAUSAGES, POT PIES - Griggstown Farms. Freezer is full - stock up for the winter! 
  • LOCAL HONEY - makes a great gift! I use in place of sugar in my coffee and tea.  
  • Cheese - not much left in the fridge, a few mozzarella. We may have some for our last week, next week. To be determined. 
  • EXTRA PRODUCE - see Farm Shop for details. 

FARM TO TABLE. SAVE THE DATE - SUN, OCT 25. Details to follow later this week. 

SEE YOU ON THE FARM!  

Posted 9/30/2015 6:12am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA WEEK 17; PICKUP WED 9/30, 1-6 OR SAT OCT 3, 9-2

On the Table in Farm Shop – NEW CROPS! BUTTERNUT SQUASH – the puree has so many uses! Yes, soup; also use in pasta dishes or a dessert. SWEET POTATOES! Side dish or main dish – try sweet potatoes tacos – they make a hearty meal.  Greens of the Week – new, BOK CHOY – pairs nicely with a peanut sauce; also KALE, LETTUCE MIX.  More food for you – CABBAGE (red/green), BEETS (red and gold mix), BROCCOLI, TURNIPS (sweet, Hakurei), GARLIC, POTATOES, EGGPLANT, PEPPERS AND LEEKS.  Mix and Match options for you this week.

What else you ask? Coming up as we near the end of our season (last CSA pickup Oct 17th)

Next week should be loaded with spinach; we will begin cutting cauliflower, and carrots will be back on the table. More butternut, sweet potatoes and greens, along with others.  We are in the home stretch now! Hope you have a few things in the freezer – if not, there is still time to put um up (peppers, eggplant, herbs)! Others like winter squash, cabbage, root veggies, and garlic will hold well for weeks after the CSA season.

In the Pick-Your-Own Fields – well, rain is a factor this week – yes, we desperately need it, but seems it has been feast or famine this season.  We just don’t get rain, we get inches of rain!  FLOWERS AND HERBS available if you can get out there.  New Green Beans open next week (I hope); they really need the rain, not all of this though.  It is what it is.

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale: Breads (sorry Wed folks for the late deliveries; Leatherheads does their very best to get to us on time); Cheese (mozzarella), until sold out – we will likely not do another cheese run; Chicken Sausages and Pot Pies – we will be restocking the freezers this week!  Eggs (and a few chickens in the freezer); APPLES – AND more varieties coming soon as they are harvested. Local Honey – use now or the smaller jars make a nice gift for later.

SAVE THE DATE! Farm to Table Dinner, Sun Oct 25th.  Details to follow next week.

RENEWALS AND NEW MEMBERSHIPS – signups opening next week, more on that soon.

See you on the Farm.

Posted 9/23/2015 6:11am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA WEEK 16: PICKUP WED 9/23, 1-6 AND SAT 9/26, 9-2

ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: NEW CROPS! Greens of the Week – LETTUCE – back for Fall, and it is a gorgeous mix! ARUGULA (loving the cooler weather, at its best), and KALE; all pair nicely with BEETS! Sweet, earthy beets – boil 40 min or until fork tender, run under cool water, peel, and slice. Store in the fridge for later use and add to your salads.  CABBAGE (red and green – your choice). WINTER SQUASH – NEW, BUTTERCUP; SPAGHETTI and CARNIVAL (also known as sweet dumpling) – your choice.  TURNIPS (sweet, white Hakurei type), and RADISH – both great raw, or experiment with a new recipe.  BROCOLLI – wash well before use, insect pressure in the fields (cabbage worm). GARLIC and LEEKS (maybe on the leeks, will check this am) – both versatile, many uses throughout the week. POTATOES, EGGPLANT AND PEPPERS – Mix and Match. 

WINTER SQUASH TIPS: Be careful when cutting in half! Scoop out seeds.  Carnival (or buttercup) - drizzle with olive oil or melted butter, salt/pepper to taste, and brown sugar (or honey/maple syrup).  Buttercup makes a great pie or muffin/quick bread filling! Follow any pumpkin recipe – you will be so pleased with the substitution.  Storing: keep on the counter, nice Fall decoration until ready to cook.

IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS:

  • FLOWERS AND HERBS. Nice sunnys and zinna, others too.  For Herbs - try your hand at a kitchen bouquet - bunch rosemary, thyme and sage, add a few sprigs of lavender and keep on the kitchen counter for the week.
  • Surprisingly sungold tomatoes are trying to make a comeback – feel free to walk through and grab a few.
  • Beans – some purple/crème from the old patch.  A new green bean patch is 2 weeks out, so more to come.  

EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE:

  • APPLES! Nichols Orchard, Franklinville – we have a nice assortment of varieties – Honey Crisp, Golden and Red Delicious, Rome, Macintosh and Cortland. Fresh picked, local, Jersey Fresh!
  • FRESH BAKED BREADS – Leatherheads, EHC.
  • POT PIES AND CHICKEN SAUSAGES – Griggstown Farms.
  • LOCAL HONEY – Bobs Buzzy Bees.
  • CHEESE – Fresh Mozzarella – Fulper Farms.
  • EGGS AND CHICKENS! Cycle Farms, Galloway Twp.  Farmer Melanie has brought over a few birds (frozen) from her harvest a few weeks back.  They range from $17-22/ bird, about 4-6 lbs each.  This is not your grocery store chicken – it is a homegrown, highest quality product.  Will make an amazing stock too. 

See you on the Farm.

Posted 9/16/2015 6:14am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 15; PICKUP 9/16, 1-6 OR SAT 9/19, 9-2
 
ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: NEW CROPS! CABBAGE (big fall green cabbage, the kinda stuff you make sauerkraut with - my favorite!), RADISHES - not just for salads; lots of interesting (and healthy!) slaw recipes out there using radishes. WINTER SQUASH - choose Spaghetti or another this week (likely buttercup or carnival). More BROCCOLI - let me know how it is holding up for you; we are starting to see some damage in the field from the heat and humidity. LEEKS - back on the table.  More POTATOES following us into the Fall.  Summer has bid farewell on the farm (almost) - no tomatoes, no cucumbers, BUT we have some really nice EGGPLANT coming in.  PEPPERS are strong - the long red Italians are amazing!  GREENS - KALE (new green curly - very nice!), ARUGULA, SWISS CHARD. And last but not least - GARLIC.  MIX AND MATCH options for you this week.
 
IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS - we have been cleaning things up - the weeds were getting unruly but we tamed it a bit. HERBS, FLOWERS AND BEANS out there.  Tomatoes?  As per customer request, we will keep the cherries open for another week; not much out there though.
 
EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE - Fresh Baked Breads (only the best from Leatherheads!); cheeses (Fulper Farms); Eggs (Cycle Farms); Pot pies and Chicken Sausages (Griggstown Farms) and Local Honey. Our produce too - see Shop for details. 
 
BIRTHDAYS ON THE FARM THIS WEEK... Farmer Ryan and crew member Alex both celebrating birthday's this week - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Thanks for all you do on the Farm!
 
See you on the Farm.
Posted 9/8/2015 1:27pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 14: PICKUP WED 9/9, 1-6 AND SAT 9/12, 9-2
Fall is coming soon (never mind that heat wave!) - families are back to school, getting busy with activities and changing schedules. On the Farm, the newness of the summer produce has worn off; we are harvesting Fall crops and planning for next season. Each week we aim to keep excitement high and offer new items. Keep it fresh - Jersey Fresh! The CSA runs through October - lots of good stuff on the tables (and in the fields) - winter squashes, roots, greens and more.  Renewals for next season will be open in Oct; details by end of this month. See you on the Farm!  
 
ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: NEW CROPS! WINTER SQUASH (SPAGHETTI) - the first of many varieties that we will offer throughout the Fall. Greens of the Week - SWISS CHARD AND KALE.  Beautiful BROCCOLI - still growing in this heat, but you may notice some browning; eat sooner than later. PEPPERS - colorful bells, sweet red Italians and orange "snack sized"; hots too if you like them. GARLIC.  Farewell to summer - last week for CUCUMBERS AND maybe TOMATOES (might get 1 more week on tomatoes).  EGGPLANT, ONIONS, POTATOES.  
 
IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS:
 It is a hot one out there; more of the same for Wed Farm Shop. Consider pick-your-own for another day if it is convenient for you. Fields are open to CSA members Mon-Fri 8-4 (Wed 8-6), Sat 9-2, Sunday closed. Drink plenty of fluids and take breaks.
  • BEANS - green and "dragons tongue". Some damage caused by insects and heat.  Lots to pick though. The purple/creme type is a flat pod, sweet.  I think, best eaten raw; it will loose its color when cooked.
  • TOMATOES - no limit - might be last week.
  • FLOWERS AND HERBS.
EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE:
  • FRESH BAKED BREADS - nobody does it better than Leatherheads! Check out their recent Facebook post about COMMUNITY. You guys are awesome! 
  • HOMEMADE PIES - (WED ONLY) Stir It Up Catering. Indulge in something sweet this week! As per customer request, they plan to offer healthier, less guilty pleasures too.
  • POT PIES - Griggstown Farm - along with the chicken sausages, their pot pies have a cult following! Available Sat and for the remainder of the season (or until we sell out).
  • CHEESES - fresh mozzarella, ricotta and cheddar - Fulper Farms.
  • LOCAL HONEY - new inventory; available Sat and for the remainder of the season (or until we sell out).

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS


  • FARMERS AGAINST HUNGERFor the last several years, the CSA has partnered with FARMERS AGAINST HUNGER and have been donating extra produce on a weekly basis throughout the season. Want to contribute? If you feel you are not able to keep up with your share from time to time and you do not want something to go to waste in your fridge, consider donating it!  Look for the donate box in Shop. Thanks!

http://www.njagsociety.org/farmers-against-hunger.html 

 

Posted 9/1/2015 5:45pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA WEEK 13;PICKUP WED 9/2, 1-6, AND SAT 9/5, 9-2.

IN THE FARM SHOP:

NEW CROPS - BROCCOLI!  This stuff is huge!  The heat is really pushing it and we have to keep it irrigated daily so we don't loose it.  I did not plan to cut it so early, but Mother Nature says it is really ready now! ONIONS - back on the table courtesy of our friends at Fernbrook Farms - thanks for helping out!  Still bringing in the TOMATOES. We got GARLIC and POTATOES. GREENS MIX AND MATCH - ARUGULA/ KALE. More MIX AND MATCH - PEPPERS (gorgeous bells and sweet specialty varieties). Roasting these babies is heavenly! More CUCUMBERS, CARROTS, EGGPLANT. 

IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS:

  • BEANS!  1 row Green and 1 row Purple/Creme (aka Dragon's tongue). Some insect damage on the leaves, but plants are loaded with beans. Enjoy.
  • FLOWERS AND HERBS -  lots of sunflowers open, a mix of varieties!  New Zinnias filling in nicely too.  Mix up your bouquets, or go for all sunnys. Grab a handful of herbs for the week for use in dishes, or just to have on the counter for therapy!
  • TOMATOES - no limit on the cherry/grapes.  Some plums out there if you can find them.  

EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE:

  • FRESH BAKED PIES!  We welcome Amy from Stir It UP Catering to the CSA!  She will be selling her Jersey Fresh pies this Saturday, and then again the following Wed - We will have a limited number that we are trialing - let us know what you think. https://www.facebook.com/stiritupnjhttp://www.stiritupnj.com/
  • BREADS - no body does it better than Leatherheads! They make a good granola too.
  • PEACHES AND CORN, Pastore Orchards - end of summer!
  • SAY CHEESE!  Fridge is stocked with fresh mozzarella, ricotta and cheddar from Fulper Farms. 
  • CHICKEN SAUSAGES, Griggstown Farms. 
  • EGGS (AND FRESH CHICKENS) - SEE BELOW FOR MORE.
  • SEA SALT; a gourmet finishing salt. Pine Barron, EHC.  Locally harvested from Brigantine. For a kick, try the wasabi, ghost pepper or the salt/pepper varieties.  For added flavor without the heat, try the tomato/basil.
FRESH CHICKENS - Cycle Farms, Galloway:
Cycle Farms will be butchering chickens soon, and we have some available for purchase ($4.50/lb; 4-6lb birds).  Chickens can be picked up at our farm on Monday, August 31 between 5pm and 8pm, or Sunday, August 6 (of Labor Day weekend) between 12pm and 3pm.  If you are interested, you may email cyclefarms@gmail.com to reserve chickens for processing/pickup on one of these dates.
 
See you on the Farm.
Posted 8/25/2015 1:07pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 12; PICKUP WED 8/26, 1-6 OR SAT 8/29, 9-2
 
ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: NEW CROPS! Arugula - gorgeous bunches with a kick!  Drizzle with a sweet dressing, add goat cheese and fresh fruit to mellow the spiciness.  KALE - tender stage, good for eating raw/in salads or sauteed.  POTATOES - "baby" - perfect for roasting/grilling whole, or in soup/stews. PEPPERS - sweet colorful bells really showing off this week (greens too), along with specialty types - Italian reds and "snack sized" oranges.  LEEKS AND CARROTS - chop and saute together in place of onion.  TOMATOES - red slicers definitely and a few heirlooms maybe. GARLIC (please note, we are cutting amount of garlic to 1 head this week).  ZUCCHINI - not a heavy harvest, but we will distribute until the field quits. MIX AND MATCH - CUCUMBERS and EGGPLANT.
 
PEPPER TIPS
  • RECIPE: for the red Italians and oranges - slice open and place face up in a baking dish. Top with a stuffing of your choice (veggie/meat/rice/bread) and bake.  I don't really "stuff" them individually, rather I lay the mix on top, drizzle with olive oil, maybe top with cheese and enjoy.  
  • FREEZING: extend the harvest! Slice/chop; place in freezer bag for later use - that is it!  

IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS: 

  • FLOWERS - new crop opening (zinnia and sunflowers); others good for mix bouquets - see our display for ideas.
  • HERBS - lots out there for freeing, drying and fresh use.  
  • TOMATOES - we are winding down closer to September now.  We say 1/4-1/2 bag full - take what you like - sungolds, red grapes and plums. If you have bags/containers, please bring in for reuse, thanks. 
  • BEAN UPDATE - likely next week.  They are slow to mature, but looking real good for next week.

EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE:

  • FRESH BAKED BREADS, CHICKEN SAUSAGES, EGGS, MOZZARELLA AND RICOTTA CHEESES.
  • EXTRA PRODUCE - See Shop for details.
  • Sorry, no peaches again - our farm friends at Pastore Orchards do not have extras for sale.  We will try again next week.  On a high note, apples are not too far off...
FRESH CHICKENS - Coming Soon!  From our friends at Cycle Farms in Galloway:
Cycle Farms will be butchering chickens soon, and we have some available for purchase ($4.50/lb; 4-6lb birds).  Chickens can be picked up at our farm on Monday, August 31 between 5pm and 8pm, or Sunday, August 6 (of Labor Day weekend) between 12pm and 3pm.  If you are interested, you may email cyclefarms@gmail.com to reserve chickens for processing/pickup on one of these dates.
 
Great week on the Farm.  Cooler temps and lower humidity make for happy farmers (and Fall crops!).  Maybe broccoli next week!  Winter squash still maturing in the field, so we will wait another 2 weeks likely for harvesting.  First on the table will be spaghetti squash, followed by other favorites. Looking forward to seeing everyone, and as always, thanks for supporting our Farm!
Posted 8/19/2015 6:27am by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 11; PICKUP WED 8/19, 1-6, OR SAT 8/22, 9-2
 
 
ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: TOMATOES! More big, red slicers AND delicate, flavorful heirlooms. Plenty in the pick-your-own fields too (see below). GARLIC!  PEPPERS - colorful, sweet red, yellow and orange coming in heavier, we will up the numbers this week (green bells too). LEEKS - I sliced open and grilled them with mixed veggies, try it - so fragrant!  ONIONS (last week for onions until we are able to harvest from our other source). ZUCCHINI (yellow and green) - this field is winding down and will soon say goodbye to summer.  Savor the moment!  MIX AND MATCH - you choose: CUCUMBERS - they are still going out there! PEPPERS (green bells) and EGGPLANT (Italian types and small white).  MIX AND MATCH - you choose: POTATOES (red, white, golds) AND CARROTS.    
 
YELLOW WATERMELON - let us know what you think. NOTE, we have lost our red watermelon earlier due to weather and field conditions beyond our control. They never did size up.  Not a great year for any melons (cantaloupe was OK, but not really sweet - too much rain at the wrong time). 
 
IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS: 
  • TOMATOES - PLUMS AND CHERRIES - you choose. EXTRAS FOR SALE.  If you have containers or plastic bags, please bring them in for reuse.  Thanks.  NOTE - it is a messy field, I would not wear good shoes!
  • FLOWERS - SUNNYS!  The heat is taking to them, pick a mixed bouquet or all sunnys.
  • HERBS - lots out there.  Go for the new basil, it is much better.  The older patch will get mowed this week.
EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE (and not for sale): 
  • OUR PRODUCE and Mother Nature - lots of you are asking for extra tomatoes (red slicers). We are harvesting a good amount now; we will sell extras, but might have to put a cap on the limit.  Potatoes - we are usually very heavy with this crop through the end of the season.  But this year, flooded fields did reduce our yield significantly, therefore we are holding back on selling extras to ensure potatoes on the table for the remainder of the season. Thanks for your understanding. Other crops for sale - see Shop for details.
  • BREADS, CHEESES, CHICKEN SAUSAGES - stock up!

See you on the Farm.  As always - THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!