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

2016 Signup OPEN – Renewals AND New Memberships

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!

JOIN OUR CSA - SIGN UP HERE!

 

Posted 10/24/2015 7:25pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
FARM TO TABLE, Sea Salt CSA 
@ B&B FARMS
SUNDAY 10/25, 4-7.

Please check in at the green tent - this event is SOLD OUT.  If you were not able to get in, we hope to see you at the next one!

PARKING: Please do your best to car pool as there will be quite a few cars on the farm for this event.  You can park as usual for Farm Shop out front of the barn.  Additionally, along side the barn in the back (look for orange cones in field), or past the blueberries and you can walk down to the barn. 

WHAT TO BRING?  BYOB.  FLASHLIGHT - it will be getting dark towards the end, you might want to light your way back to your vehicle.  WARM CLOTHES!  No heat in the barn, dress comfortably for the weather.  

MENU: by Paul and Lauren Erbacher; Jersey Fresh.

See you on the Farm!

Posted 10/13/2015 3:04pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

 CSA WEEK 19; PICKUP WED 10/14, 1-6 OR SAT 10/17, 9-2.

We have reached the end of another season – thank you to our CSA members for being a part of this community experience and supporting local farmers! We strive to bring awareness to our customers to the work we do as CSA farmers, and educate eaters on CSA’s and the importance of a CSA in the community. Joining a CSA is a commitment, and we applaud your efforts from the weekly pickups, to sweating it out in the pick your own fields to enhancing your culinary prowess! You accepted new produce and perhaps have new favorites that you may not have tried before in the grocery store.  You joined a growing trend and group of people who desire to be closer to their food. Your money you spend on this farm goes right into the food you eat and into sustaining this farm. Thank you, thank you!  

 

ON THE TABLE IN FARM SHOP: BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER, WINTER SQUASH, PEPPERS, TURNIPS, BEETS, GARLIC, SWEET POTATOES, POTATOES (WHITES), LETTUCE, SWISS CHARD, KALE, SPINACH.  

IN THE PICK YOUR OWN FIELDS: FLOWERS AND HERBS - no limit. 

EXTRA JERSEY FRESH FOR SALE – stock up!

  • CHEESE – cheddar, fresh ricotta and mozzarella; Fulper Farms, Lambertville. 
  • CHICKEN SAUSAGES AND POTPIES; Griggstown, Princeton.
  • EGGS; Cycle Farms.
  • BREADS; Leatherhead, EHC – Wed folks, bread may be a bit late, but we do get it in.  Consider freezing some for a cozy winter’s meal!
  • APPLES; Nichols Orchard, Franklinville.
  • LOCAL HONEY; Bob’s Buzzy Bees.
  • PRODUCE – see Shop for details.  

RENEWALS AND NEW MEMBERSHIPS OPEN FOR 2016.  The end of season is a critical time for us in our budget – upfront payments now bring in much needed funds to help pay our loans and work through the winter. Your contribution means a great deal to us and keeps small farms like us in business, ensuring we will be around for another healthful season. Please consider purchasing a share today, and thank you for your support!  

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FARM TO TABLE. Celebrating Community Supported Agriculture – we hope you can join us! 

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.
 
SEE YOU ON THE FARM!

 

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