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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!  

Posted 6/9/2016 5:28pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Opening Day – Wed June 15th 1-6 pm, OR Sat June 18th 9 am-2 pm.  Here we go, ready or not!  Opening week is our most hectic as we are catching up with returning members, AND welcoming the newbies, AND everything else that goes along with opening day!  Next week, and every week thereafter, keep a look out for our emails (posted no later than Wed mornings), AND posted to our website Blog.  I will give you a heads up on crops and a brief update from the fields.  Also, extras for purchase in our Farm Shop (i.e. fresh baked breads, cheeses and more). 

In the Fields with the Farmer:

As of now… due to a cold/wet spring, lack of sun, then more rain, above average 90 degree days, add strong winds battering our plants, and back to low temps – it has been challenging to say the least.  Crops have been slow to mature, and are stressed (not to mention the farmer!).  This means some stuff is small, or not available as scheduled.  Things are getting there though, and the diversity will fill the tables soon.  It is our priority to have a minimum of 7 crops to choose from each week, and we hold off opening day until we reach that point, hence the later date this spring.  A look ahead… Pick your own peas coming in nice – hope by Week 2.  Beets will be plenty and oh so good for you; carrots soon; broccoli seems happy; also radish and turnip (not the old fashioned waxed variety!); zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers to load up your neighbors back porches with and, lots of flowers and herbs coming in.  Yes, there is more, but I’ll stop there:)

CSA Week 1 – What To Expect? Lots of greens!  Lettuce, spinach, a few types of kale for you to try, arugula, swiss chard, garlic scapes, kohlrabi, radish and pick your own herbs (flowers not quite there though). I will be in touch again before opening day with more details.  Get your salad spinners and recipes ready!

Posted 5/13/2016 5:04pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Greetings from the farm (or should I say the Pacific Northwest)!  Many of you have been asking about a start date; I love your enthusiasm, that’s great, but I say ask Mother Nature! Opening day – likely between June 11-18th.    

The weather and our crops – an unseasonable warmer March, and then snow/frost in April were not so good for the blueberries and fruit trees – the jury is still out on these crops for NJ growers, could be reduced yields.  Weeks of rain, lack of sun, cold days (and nights) have caused us to delay some plantings to avoid seeds/transplants from washing away, rotting or becoming more prone to diseases.  Our farming philosophy this spring is slow and steady wins the race!  We will get there. Regardless, we work with it – we do not want to risk losing crops though.  I would rather push back opening day a week or two.  Our greenhouses are lush and gorgeous, but plants are better off in there than in the fields right now.  We have our CSA members’ investment to protect!  Because we are challenged to get tractors in the fields, we are planting by hand where ever we can get in.  In comparison to previous years, we should have our tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, flowers, green beans, zucchini, cucumbers and melons transplanted.  I think next week we will be good to go.  Even if it is by hand, we will get them in.   

In the fields (and patiently waiting for it to grow) broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, beets, carrots, spinach, lettuce, swiss chard, kale, arugula, potatoes, onions, leeks and garlic.  Also, Pick Your Own peas AND herbs – rosemary, thyme, sage, lavender, tarragon, oregano, chives, parsley, basil, dill and cilantro.   

We are looking forward to sunny days to warm our soil (and our souls!) and dry things out – the staff needs it too!  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@bbfarmscsa) for more updates.  Thanks for keeping us in your thoughts, and we will see you mid-June on the farm. 

Posted 11/25/2015 9:50am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

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Commit to small farms and local food!

Running the CSA in not an easy task; we have to compete with larger, seemingly savvier businesses who grab your attention at the grocery stores and a plethora of food distribution businesses (i.e. “buyers clubs”).  WHY BUY NOW? Upfront funds help us plan crops, order supplies and make payments on equipment (tractors, irrigation).  As a CSA farmer, we have a lot of tasks during the “off” season to keep the CSA running smoothly and our customers satisfied. Although not in the fields, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes in order to get crops in the ground. We are constantly working on how to improve our CSA and farm operations – like building a kitchen, hosting on-farm events (dinners, cooking demos), adding more pick your own crops (strawberries, raspberries) and opening a Farm Stand to the public. For a small farm like us though, these start up projects take time (and lots of paperwork!) and money, and we cannot do this without the support of our community.

With gratitude and best wishes, Happy Thanksgiving!

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