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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.

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!