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Posted 8/11/2015 6:57pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 10; PICKUP WED 8/12, 1-6, OR SAT 8/15, 9-2
 
ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: New Crops! WATERMELON! (yellow and seedless).  CANTALOUPE still around; choose watermelon or cantaloupe or purchase extra.  Another new crop: LEEKS - use in place of onion, or pair with potatoes - so many options.  We continue to harvest PEPPERS (ripening from green to sweet reds and oranges), EGGPLANTS, CUCUMBERS (have you made any pickles?!) AND ZUCCHINI (more yellow than green). GARLIC is amazing this season!  We will have plenty; not just an ingredient in some dish - try roasting for an experience of its own.  Our staple crops - ONIONS (red and yellow), CARROTS, POTATOES (red, yellow, white).  HOT PEPPERS - jalapenos and long hots - take them or leave them.  TOMATOES!  Lots of tomatoes - HEIRLOOMS coming in heavier now (impress loved ones with beautiful heirlooms, fresh mozzarella and herbs from "your farm"); SLICERS and Pick-Your-Own (PLUMS, SUNGOLDS AND RED GRAPES). 
 
IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS: 
  • TOMATOES - plums open - sungolds and red grapes too.  FARM NOTE: getting messy out there, might want to wear sneakers.  In a wet year like this, a tomato field tends to get squishy, and there will be some rot.   
  • FLOWERS - SUNFLOWERS! New bed open.  Although half of the field did get washed out from earlier rains; more beds opens in a few weeks.  Zinnias OK, but on the way out - we will have a new field open in a few weeks.  Other varieties still out there for a nice mixed bouquet.  
  • OTHER FARM NOTES - Beans were scheduled for this week but earlier rains were too much for this crop.  We have been fertilizing and weeding but it just did not take off.   A later bean planting is looking very good though - perhaps 2 weeks.
  • HERBS - lots of good stuff out there - take what you need/like for the week. New Basil open, and older will be around for as long as it wants to.  Seeding more cilantro, dill and parsley for later harvest - these herbs like cooler weather. 
EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE:
  • PEACHES (and maybe Corn) - from our farm friends at Pastore Orchards.  
  • MOZZARELLA AND CHICKEN SAUSAGE - new inventory!  Stock up!
  • BREADS, fresh baked - our bakers are doing their very best to be on time to our Farm Shop.  This is a new item for us, and we are still working out the kinks.  Thanks for your understanding and support.  We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Leatherheads and help them grow their business. Thanks Paul and Lauren!
  • EGGS - another growing endeavor, Cycle Farms.  Thanks to Melanie for all of her hard work.  She is a small grower and is working on increasing her supply for the demand. Thanks for your efforts! 

See you on the Farm!





 

Posted 8/4/2015 6:40pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 9; PICKUP WED 8/5, 1-6 OR SAT 8/8, 9-2
 
ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP - NEW CROP - ONIONS (red and yellow)! TOMATOES - red slicers - heirlooms just coming in too - still plenty of pick-your-own sungolds and red grapes.  GARLIC! Lots of EGGPLANT (round, classic and white), CUCUMBERS, ZUCCHINI (green, yellow and heirloom), POTATOES (red, white, gold), CARROTS - Mix and Match options!  CANTALOUPES - don't forget to grab one on your way out!
 
EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE:
  • BLACKBERRIES! LOCAL, ORGANIC - Beachview Farms, Mannahawkin. Fresh picked by our crew - look for them in the fridge.  
  • PEACHES! LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE - Pastore Orchards, Hammonton.  These are the BIG ones!
  • BREAD! LOCAL, FRESH BAKED - Leatherheads, Egg Harbor.  Paul and Lauren baking up some new ones - looking forward to it!
  • CHEESES - mozzarella, cheddar, ricotta - Fulper Family Farms, Lambertville, NJ
  • CHICKEN SAUSAGES - Griggstown Farms, Princeton, NJ
  • OUR PRODUCE - see Shop for details.

IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS: 

  • TOMATOES - sungolds and red grapes - extras for sale.
  • FLOWERS AND HERBS - take what you need/like for the week.  Grab some extra herbs for drying/freezing.
  • Update: Beans and more flowers seeded for later harvest, beginning in about 2 weeks.

CROP UPDATES:

  • Onions - we did have a total crop loss this season, a first for me, BUT we have secured 2 sources, and they are organic.  I am grateful to farmers Cat at J&T Farms, and Jeff at Fernbrook Farms for their friendship and onions!  Thanks guys!
  • Melons - we will begin harvesting our yellow watermelon babies next week, followed by more cantaloupe and then red watermelons.  

SEE YOU ON THE FARM!

Posted 7/28/2015 5:02pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 8; PICKUP WED 7/29, 1-6 OR SAT 8/1, 9-2
 
ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: NEW CROPS! CANTALOUPES - see my water ice recipe below - easy and yes, awesome in this heat!  GARLIC!  Dress up those tomatoes, or roast and enjoy the whole garlic.  TOMATOES - the red slicers are coming in nicely, we will load you up this week (and lots of pick your own cherries/grapes still out there).  MIX AND MATCH - all the summer favorites - CUCUMBERS, ZUCCHINI (yellow, green, striped), EGGPLANT (Italian and Asian types), PEPPERS (green bells and sweet reds/oranges), CARROTS, POTATOES (gold, red, white), CABBAGE and FENNEL.  Crop update: onions will be in Shop soon, leeks too. Try fennel as a substitute - saute/caramelize as you would an onion.
 
 
CANTALOUPE WATER ICE RECIPE - 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1 cantaloupe.  1) Make a simple syrup: combine sugar/water in small sauce pan, bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Cool completely. 2) Prepare fruit: cut away rind, remove seeds, cut into chunks.  Puree in food processor/blender until smooth (I like mine a little chunky, not pulverized!). 3) In a shallow baking dish, combine syrup and puree. Freeze and stir with a fork every 2-3 hours (or when you can) to create slushy texture.  To serve, sit at room temperature 10-15 minutes and stir with a fork again.
 
IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS
HOT WEEK - TAKE IT EASY OUT THERE! If you want to do your pick your own crops on another day, please come back when it is convenient/more comfortable for you.  Weekdays 8-4, Sat 9-2, Sun Closed.
  • TOMATOES - plenty of sungolds and red grapes out there.  If you have quart containers, kindly bring them back in for reuse, thanks!  EXTRAS FOR SALE.
  • FLOWERS - lots out there, and the sunflowers are hanging in there.  I did mow some things that were past prime picking.  More seeded for later harvest though.
  • HERBS - take what you need/like for the week.  Plenty for drying and freezing.  

EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE, AND NEW PRODUCTS:

NOTE - no bread on Wed, sorry for the inconvenience.  Our bakers are out of town.  However they have made us some tasty granola, see below.  

  • CORN! From our farm friends at Pastore Orchards, Hammonton. 
  • GRANOLA - from our Leatherhead/bread making friends - oats, honey, local maple syrup, cherry, raisin, apricot, cranberry, pecan, walnut, sesame, sunflower, cinnamon, nutmeg, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil.
  • SEA SALT - a new friend of the farm and local business, Salt Barren Sea Salt - offering a premium finishing flake sea salt.  It is crawled entirely by hand in small batches from seawater from the Brigantine coast.  All steps from the ocean to tin are done in Galloway. An entirely natural process.  
  • BREAD - SAT ONLY.  
  • Sausages, Honey, Cheeses.
  • Our Produce - see Shop for details. 

See you on the Farm.

Posted 7/21/2015 6:13pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 7; PICKUP WED 7/22 1-6, OR SAT 7/25 9-2
 
ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: NEW CROP! POTATOES (mix reds, golds and whites - no comparison to fresh dug spuds!); TOMATOES (slicers and plums - just coming in); PEPPERS (gorgeous green bells, and a few orange/red specialties), EGGPLANT (Italian types and white specialty); ZUCCHINI (green and yellow, and might have an Italian heirloom), CUCUMBERS, FENNEL, CABBAGE, CARROTS, HOT PEPPERS (jalapenos, maybe a few long hots too - both great for stuffing). We harvest daily and we make decisions as we see them in the field - it is that Fresh!
 
IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS: 
PLEASE OBSERVE THE YELLOW FLAGS - THANKS!  TOMATOES OPEN FOR PICKING ARE MARKED WITH A YELLOW FLAG - 3 ROWS. 
Please watch your step (and parents keep an eye on the kids), for newly planted/seeded crops; they are among the pick your own fields.  Thanks!  Also, lots of good picking closer to driveway and middle of fields. 
  • TOMATOES ARE PRIME FOR PICKING! 2 rows of Sungolds (closest to Farm Shop), and 1 row of Grapes.  1 Quart container per share (the green ones in Shop) - this is the larger size, used for measuring carrots and potatoes recently.  NOTE: if you have a few around the house - bring them in for reuse, thanks!  EXTRA TOMATOES FOR SALE - splitting a a share with someone?  I wouldn't want to share mine!
  • FLOWERS AND HERBS: ALL FLOWERS AND HERBS OPENnice full bunches, enjoy!  We have seeded more sunflowers and others for later harvest. BASIL UPDATE - good stuff growing back (closer to driveway); yes, we do have the basil downy mildew, but it is doing better than expected.  As a back up, we have planted another row for a continuous harvest. 
  • BLUEBERRY UPDATE - seems to be the end, not much out there.  Hope you got some in the freezer! Thanks for supporting B&B Farms.
  • BEANS - we will take off for about 2 weeks - new crops coming in soon - green and purple.
CROP UPDATES:  CANTALOUPES - on the table next week likely, some big ones out there! We are trialing a new variety this season, one that has a thicker rind which should hold better for you.  In the past, we selected ones that had a thinner rind, and they were very perishable.  Let us know what you think.  CORN - we will buy in next week from our friends at Pastore's Orchards in Hammonton - they will be harvesting a new field next week.  PEACHES TOO!  We love their peaches!
PORK SHARES - CYCLE FARMS SALE   
  • WHERE: Sea Salt CSA @ B&B Farms.  
  • WHEN: pick-up Saturday, July 25 (preferred), although you have the option of holding it until the following Wednesday, July 29.

    For questions about pork and other products at Cycle Farms, please contact Melanie at cyclefarms@gmail.com   

EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE: TOMATOES (PICK YOUR OWN), BREADS (fresh baked from Leatherheads, Egg Harbor City), Chicken Sausages (Griggstown Farms), Eggs (Cycle Farms), Cheeses (Fulper Farms) and Honey.  

NOTE: PRICE INCREASE ON THE MOZZARELLA - Our supplier has increased the size of the product (from 3/4 lb to 1 lb) - you may have noticed the size upgrade already. Fulper Farms has recently reevaluated their prices to reflect this.  Therefore our price will go from $7-$8.  We still feel this is a good value for a high quality product.  Our fridges are stocked! Thanks for your support.

See you on the Farm.

Posted 7/14/2015 4:01pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 6; Pickup 7/15 Wed 1-6, OR Sat 7/14 9-2.
 
ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: NEW CROP - POTATOES (digging white this week; golds and reds to follow soon)! EGGPLANT (classic, round Italian heirloom and white specialty), CABBAGE, FENNEL, PEPPERS (green bells, a few red and orange in the mix too), HOT PEPPERS (jalapenos), SCALLIONS, CUCUMBERS - get your pickle recipes out! Try an easy refrigerator one.  ZUCCHINI - yellow and green - slowing down, but new crop will be harvested soon. CARROTS and BEETS - lots of carrots, and they store well too.  Maybe Kale, not sure until tomorrow, greens likely done for a few weeks.  Seeded lots of crops this week for later harvest!
 
IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS:
For Wed: heavy rain expected (although I really hope not!). The Pick-Your-Own fields might be closed.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but it is in the best interest of the crops, especially for the tomatoes.  If this happens to you - you may pick on another day, OR pick extra the following week.  Thanks for your understanding. 
  • TOMATOES!  Sungolds (sweet, orange treats!), and red grapes OPEN!  Just coming in - LOOK LOW ON THE PLANTS; they will ripen from bottom to top. These are the first tomatoes to appear; we will begin harvesting the red slicers within 2 weeks for you.  Wet weather is holding this crop back for now.
  • BEANS - green and yellow.
  • FLOWERS AND HERBS - plenty out there for big bunches. Enjoy!  

PLEASE NOTE:  new crops just planted next to pick-your-own fields.  Not my first choice, but the persistent wet weather is changing our crop plans.  Keep an eye out for young plants and new ground - there is something planted there! Thanks!

EXTRAS FOR SALE:

  • Fresh Bread - this is a hot item in Farm Shop, selling out quickly! Our friends are doing their best to accommodate all customers, but are somewhat limited to what they can produce for us at this time.  It will be first come, first serve.  
  • Cheeses - fresh mozzarella, ricotta and cheddar.
  • Also extra produce (see Shop for details), Honey and T-shirts.

See you on the Farm.

Posted 7/11/2015 1:50pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Dear CSA members,

On behalf of Melanie Schroer at Cycle Farms (our egg lady), she would like to invite folks out to her farm this weekend - see below.

Also, we will be hosting a Pork Sale, click on links for info:

- PORK INFO

- PORK SHARE/BUNDLE PRICING   

  • FARM VISITWHERE: Cycle Farms.  269 N. Leipzig Ave Egg Harbor City, NJ. WHEN: Sunday, July 12 (2-6 pm). Hope you can stop by the farm to meet them and their animals! 
  • PORK SALE - WHERE: Sea Salt CSA @ B&B Farms.  WHEN: pick-up Saturday, July 25 (preferred), although you have the option of holding it until the following Wednesday, July 29.

For questions about pork and other products at Cycle Farms, please contact Melanie at cyclefarms@gmail.com   

Thank you for supporting small family farms!

Posted 7/7/2015 3:24pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 5 Pick up 7/8 Wed 1-6, OR 7/11 Sat 9-2.  

ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP:

  • NEW CROPS!  EGGPLANT (classic, round Italian heirloom and a small, white Asian type); FENNEL – I slice it like an onion and caramelize it, roast it with other veggies, or eat raw in salads; SCALLIONS (sometimes referred to as green onions, or bunching onions); JALAPENO PEPPERS.  For the hots, we treat these like an herb – take them if you want them.  Also SWEET PEPPERS – green bells, and might see some colors (red and orange) coming in.
  • MIX AND MATCH – plenty of CUCUMBERS, ZUCCHINI and YELLOW ZUCCHINI– with this heat the harvest is heavy!  Before we know it, summer will be gone – enjoy!; MIX AND MATCH ROOTS – CARROTS AND BEETS.  No greens, too hot; MORE MIX AND MATCH – you choose – CABBAGE, BROCCOLI OR KOHLRABI.  Broccoli does not like the heat and we will distribute what remains in the field.  Eat fast to avoid spoilage, or choose others. 
  • MIX AND MATCH GREENS – LETTUCE AND KALE – last of the lettuce for a few weeks.  It does not like the heat and becomes bitter.  Kale is holding well in the field, we will see about next week though.  We are planting lots more greens for a later/cooler harvest. 

IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDSIt is hot out there, please take it easy.  If you prefer to pick on another day, you may do so, 8-4, closed Sunday.  Here is what we have for you:

  • BEANS – yellow and green, new patch open.  The older field still has good beans, but I would go for the new crop.
  • FLOWERS AND HERBS – big bunches, it is summer!  All flowers OPEN!  Cilantro and Dill do not like the heat – cut lots.  Other herbs holding well in field.  FARM TIP: Treat your herbs like a bouquet of flowers – cut long stems, strip the lower leaves, bunch with a rubber band if you like and keep it on the counter in a jar of water.  I do not refrigerate herbs and I have them all week.  Freeze or Dry Herbs too.

FARM UPDATES: As you know, the heat is on!  AND the harvest begins to shift attention to the “hot” crops – tomatoes, eggplant and peppers, more zucchini and cucumbers, and melons. Potatoes will be dug soon too. Coming soon to a CSA near you.  I have my eye on the pick your own tomatoes for next week...maybe!

EXTRAS FOR SALE: Jersey Fresh!  Breads - maybe something w/ our fresh herbs?; also cheeses, chicken sausages, honey.  Produce too - thinking of making pickles?!  We got um!  See Shop for details.

We hope you are enjoying your CSA experience with us, and we look forward to seeing you on the Farm.  We welcome your comments.  Thanks for your support!

Posted 6/30/2015 3:36pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

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

Happy 4th of July Week! Yes, the CSA is open 4th of July, 9am-2pm.  Blueberries open; pick-your-own 9-2; B&B Farms will close at 2pm as well.  Bring your friends and family and show off "your" farm!  Extras for sale, see below.

ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: NEW CROPS! PEPPERS (green bells), just coming in; introducing a new CABBAGE - sweet and crunchy "caraflex" for summer slaw's.  Plenty of CUCUMBERS, ZUCCHINI, YELLOW SQUASH and BROCCOLI - extras for sale too.  CARROTS - these are gorgeous (extras for sale) - we will distribute with the greens as long as they hold well in the field, like we do with the beets.  And yes, we have BEETS, along with TURNIPS and RADISH.  For greens, LETTUCE and KALE.  We will offer Mix and Match options for you, see Shop for details.

IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS:

- Flowers and Herbs - lots of them!  Please pick generous bunches.  Sunflowers - pick um while they last, don't be shy.  For herbs - take lots - experiment with drying, or freezing. Try "herbcicles". I did this last year and I was so happy I had them on hand later on.  

- Green beans - lots of them!  Extras for sale too - bring a friend!

- BLUEBERRIES - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - Mon-Sun, 8-4, weather permitting.  PLEASE NOTE: 4th of July 8-2.

CROP UPDATES: I am excited to see EGGPLANTS, some cherry and grape TOMATOES too!  We will have them on the table soon; eggplant likely next week.  FENNEL - nice fennel!  Great addition this season; SCALLIONS in Week 5 also.  Hey - look up - our GARLIC harvest will be on display curing in Farm Shop for about a month. We will distribute soon after.

EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE: our produce, fresh baked breads and buns (Leatherhead), cheeses (Fulper Farms), chicken sausages (Griggstown Farms) and local honey.

See you on the Farm.

Posted 6/23/2015 3:21pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Week 3;
Pick up Wed 6/24, 1-6; or Sat 6/27, 9-2.
IN THE FARM SHOP: New crops!  Broccoli and carrots. Lots of cucumbers and zucchini.  Mix and Match: beets (without the greens - too hot now for good greens), kohlrabi, Chinese cabbage, garlic scapes, radish and turnips.  Mix and Match Greens: lettuce, kale, bok choy and swiss chard.  EXTRAS FOR SALE - we will have a price list posted, see Shop for details.  We should have just about all crops in bulk.
 
IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS: 
Extended hours/days for CSA Pick Your Own (weather permitting):
Mon-Fri 8-4, Sat 9-2, Sun closed.  
Some customers like to do their pick your own crops on another day - that is fine with us!  The weather does not always cooperate on share pick up days, or you may be short on time Wed and Sat.  You do not have to check in with staff - just have a look in Farm Shop for the pick your own display and enjoy the fields at your leisure.  
 
- Green Beans - they are just coming on and we will have lots of them.  We will open the fields Wed, picking will be light though.  Sat will likely yield heavier. You can always pick more on another day, or the following week.
- Peas - last week for peas; it got too hot too fast.  If you want them, take them.  No limit.
- Flowers - take a big bunch, sunflowers too.  Rows open will be marked with yellow flag tape at the ends.
- Herbs - take a big bunch; all herbs open.  Make pesto - we have beautiful basil! Don't be shy, take a bag if you like. 
- Blueberries - B&B Farms, $1.65/lb.  Open 7 days a week, 8-4 (weather permitting).
 
EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE: produce, fresh baked breads (Paul Erbacher/Leatherhead), chicken sausages (Griggstown Farms), cheeses (Fulper Farms), eggs (Cycle Farms), and honey.
 
See you on the Farm.
Posted 6/16/2015 4:50pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA WEEK 2; PICK UP WED 1-6, OR SAT 9-2 (6/17, OR 6/19)
 
ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: New Crops - cucumbers (pickles), zucchini (green and yellow), lettuce (red and green), Chinese cabbage (tender, great for stir fries), spring turnips (on the sweet side) and radish (on the spicy side).  Also beets with greens, garlic scapes and kohlrabi (red and green).  For greens - arugula and kale.  We may harvest bok choy and/or Swiss chard - we will make this decision Wed am.  Mix and Match options likely for you this week - see Farm Shop for details.
 
CROP UPDATES: Spinach is really taking a hit with the hot/humid days.  Not sure if we will distribute this crop, but we have great crops to fill in.  We will seed more spinach for a later harvest.  Carrots are looking strong - we will give them another week to size up, and they will be on the table next week and beyond.  Lots more up and coming!
 
PICK-YOUR-OWN: rows open for picking will be marked with yellow tape at the end of each row. Please keep to and pick in the marked rows - we will open others as they are ready.  Thanks!
-  Peas - lots of them! Bring a friend, extras for sale. 
-  Flowers - pick a nice bunch - see sample in Farm Shop.  Bring a container for harvest and your own scissors.  Staff will be on hand in the fields to answer questions and demo.  Zinnia, snapdragons, cosmos and sunflowers.  Limit on sunflowers - see Farm Shop for details.
-  Herbs - take what you need for the week - see sample in Farm Shop.  Basil, parsley, dill, cilantro, and others.  DO NOT TAKE THE WHOLE PLANT - you are cutting what you need and allowing for regrowth/continuous harvest throughout the season.  Thanks!
-  BLUEBERRIES!  B&B Farms blueberries will be open to the public Mon-Sun 8-4, Wed 8-6.  There is a fee, $1.65/lb.  As a convenience to our CSA members, grab a can from us in Shop; you can check out in the barn during pick ups.  Otherwise, please go up to the house during non-CSA days.
 
SPLITTING SHARES:  if you are splitting a share, please read.
-  Pick up - We prefer you come in together and split your share in Farm Shop, OR 1 person pick up and you split it at home.  We can not keep track of who picked up what portion on what day.  Please do your best to meet on the farm, or designate someone to pick up for the week.  Much appreciated.
-  Pick-Your-Own - some crops are easy to split, like 2 pints of peas.  Others are not, like a bunch of herbs and flowers.  If you would like to pick more than your share, please ask if available; there is a fee for extras.  You are on the honor system.  We do not count stems, but if you feel your bunches of herbs/flowers are more than our Farm Shop sample display, let us know so we can keep things fair.  Thanks.
 
PURCHASING EXTRAS: when available, we will offer extra produce for sale.  See Shop for details.  
 
LOCAL, JERSEY FRESH PRODUCTS FOR SALE:
Fresh Baked Breads, Chicken Sausages, Cheeses, Eggs, Honey.  T-Shirts too!
 
See you on the Farm.