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Posted 10/21/2014 5:36pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.
CSA Week 19-20 – last pickup for 2014 season –
Wed 10/22 (pickup 3-6), Sat 10/25 (9-12).
 
 
On the table in Farm Shop (and the fields)… back on the table – spinach, everybody loves spinach!  More greens – lettuce (big salads this week!), kale (curly and toscano types), swiss chard and bok choy.  Nice peppers (red, orange and green).  Add a leek to your fall dishes.  Choose cauliflower or cabbage.  Lots of potatoes for stocking up the pantry – sweets and whites.  Winter squashes for eating now or hold onto for the holidays (butternut, acorn, carnival, buttercup and spaghetti). Take a few quarts of carrots and beets; and a handful of white turnips for your salads, or put a twist on a dip (serve warm or cold) - be creative - think cream cheese, coarsely chopped turnips, kale and fresh herbs.  I love to hear about your adventures in cooking!

Pick-Your-Own options… flowers and herbs; although we did have our first frost of the season late Sunday/Monday morning so offerings are lighter than last week.  No zinnias, but others ok.  No green beans either – we had another field planned for this week, but Mother Nature spoke too soon.  Until next season then!  

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale – Pot Pies!  From our friends at Griggstown Farm which have supplied us with chicken sausages all season (and yes, we have them too), we are pleased to add their amazing pot pies to our Farm Shop.  I save these for entertaining or a special dinner with a few friends or family (3-4 people).  Wait until you have your first bite of the puff pastry crust!  Have I convinced you yet?  We have a limited supply as it is our last Farm Shop; not to worry though, next season we intend to expand our inventory and offer more Grisggstown Farms’ quality products.  We are proud to support our hard working New Jersey farmers – from cheeses to eggs, peaches, apples and more. 

-  Pot pies – chicken and turkey – $16 each.

-  Chicken sausages (broccoli rabe; white wine; and sundried tomato) - $7 each.

RENEWALS AND NEW MEMBERSHIPS, 2015

-  Accepting new memberships.  Kindly pass the word on!  Cost $540/season.         

-  Renewals – pay in full by the end of Oct – cost $513/season.  2 options: sign up in Farm Shop and pay via credit/check/cash; otherwise sign up via the website – at checkout, choose the invoice only option.  The website checkout is now configured to accept new memberships who are not eligible for the discount.  Just send me an email and I will be able to discount your share on my end and send you a link to make your payment, or you can mail us a check.         

-  Renewals – 3 payment installments of $180 – cost $540/season.  2 options: sign up in Farm Shop and pay via credit/check/cash; otherwise sign up via the website – choose credit card, or invoice option and you can mail us a check.

Check out our year in review photo album on Facebook! 

From all of us at B&B Farms – THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING NJ AGRICULTURE AND FAMILY FARMS! We will be in touch throughout the winter months with updates on our Farm Shop facelift and crop plans.  We look forward to serving the community and growing our overall CSA experience in 2015. 

See you on the Farm.  Nice to chat with you about our season and look back on our crops and how we how we can improve (or keep things the same!).

Posted 10/14/2014 6:28pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 18; Wed 10/15 (pickup 3-6), Sat 10/18 (9-12) - please note, next week (CSA Week 19) will be our last pickup for the season.  We will load you up with lots of produce for storage and extra greens (spinach and swiss chard back on table too). 

On the Table in Farm Shop... cabbage (green/red) - choose 1, bigs and smalls, whatever suits you this week, cauliflower (1/share), roots mix and match (carrots, beets, white potatoes and turnips) - 2 quarts total.  Please note, we are short on quart containers - use to measure, empty into your bag/basket and leave the container for the next member, thanks!  Also, peppers (green/colored bells and red Italian type) - choose 4.  Plenty of sweet potatoes - choose 3, bigs and smalls depending on how many people you are feeding.  Winter squash - all types (butternut, acorn, carnival and spaghetti) - choose 2 total.  Greens - lettuce mix, bok choy and kale.  

In the Fields... lots of flowers, herbs too.  Grab a nice bouquet.  If it is raining, you can always stop by whenever, help yourself.  

Seafood Share (Sat pickup only) - Lobsters - 2/share.

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale - APPLES!  Great quality, $1.25/lb.

RENEWALS:

  • Cost of a Share, 2015 – based on market research of comparable CSA’s and our projected increased expenses as we continue to expand our business annually – the cost of our 2015 share will go up apx. 75 cents/week over the season.  Therefore the total cost of a share is $540/season (discounts for early birds, see below).  We feel this is a fair and necessary increase based on the amount and quality of produce we distribute throughout the season – from the Farm Shop offerings to the pick-your-own fields (flowers, herbs, peas, beans and tomatoes).  As the season winds down here, we rely on renewals and new memberships to help cover our end of year expenses – long term loan payments on equipment and other capital investments, paying staff for helping through the winter months on projects, supplies we purchase prior to next season, utilities and rent.  We hope you join us again for another season – we are so thankful for your continued support and helping to keep the local farm landscape thriving in south Jersey.  
Early Bird Discount (renewing members only) – from now through the end of October:
 
-  Pay in full – 5% discount, cost $513; OR choose below:
 
-  Payment Plan (no discount, cost $540) – 3 equal payments of $180; 1st due at sign up, then Feb 1, and May 1.
  • CSA Sign Up, 2015 – click here!  No telling when we will sell out.  We usually have a few slots remaining in the spring, but I cannot guarantee it.  Too much food but love the farm?  Consider splitting a share with a friend – we have several members who do this already and it seems to be a good fit for them.
  • End of Season Survey (optional, but much appreciated) - click here:  Please do take a moment to answer a brief end of season survey (10 questions, anonymous).  It really does help me plan for next season.  I do listen to your comments and make changes to the farm plan where I can.  I look forward to your constructive criticisms.  Thanks again!

See you on the farm.

 

Posted 10/8/2014 6:32am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 17, Wed 10/8 (pickup 3-6) and Sat 10/11 (9-12).

On the table in Farm Shop... greens, loose - we are cutting a new kale field (curly type), small and tender, eat raw or cooked.  Let us know what you think.  Lettuce mix too.  Greens, bunched - choose a bunch of bok choy or more kale (toscano type).  Week off of spinach/chard for regrowth.  Mix and Match - your choice - winter squashes (acorn, carnival, spaghetti), cabbage (red, green), peppers and leeks.  More on the table - cauliflower, sweet potatoes and butternut.  Mix and Match roots - any combo of potatoes, beets, carrots.  We have topped the beets and carrots (greens do not hold up as well later in the season - disease, insect damage, so we remove them for better storage).  Radish and turnips - choose 1 or both.  No broccoli this week, this field may give us 1 more harvest, to be determined.  

In the Fields... flowers making a comeback - choose cosmos (just out front Farm Shop) and zinnias.  On other end of field, snapdragons filling in again, purple ageratum and pink globe amaranth.  Savory herbs for your fall dishes - sage, thyme and rosemary; oregano and lemon balm too.  Green beans another week or 2.

Apples will return next week - we look forward to them!

RENEWALS:

  • Cost of a Share, 2015 – based on market research of comparable CSA’s and our projected increased expenses as we continue to expand our business annually – the cost of our 2015 share will go up 75 cents/week over a 20 week season.  Therefore the total cost of a share is $540/season (discounts for early birds, see below).  We feel this is a fair and necessary increase based on the amount and quality of produce we distribute throughout the season – from the Farm Shop offerings to the pick-your-own fields (flowers, herbs, peas, beans and tomatoes).  As the season winds down here, we rely on renewals and new memberships to help cover our end of year expenses – long term loan payments on equipment and other capital investments, paying staff for helping through the winter months on projects, supplies we purchase prior to next season, utilities and rent.  We hope you join us again for another season – we are so thankful for your continued support and helping to keep the local farm landscape thriving in south Jersey.  
Early Bird Discount (renewing members only) – from now through the end of October:
 
-  Pay in full – 5% discount, cost $513; OR choose below:
 
-  Payment Plan (no discount, cost $540) – 3 equal payments of $180; 1st due at sign up, then Feb 1, and May 1.
  • CSA Sign Up, 2015 – click here!  No telling when we will sell out.  We usually have a few slots remaining in the spring, but I cannot guarantee it.  Too much food but love the farm?  Consider splitting a share with a friend – we have several members who do this already and it seems to be a good fit for them.
  • End of Season Survey (optional, but much appreciated) - click here:  Please do take a moment to answer a brief end of season survey (10 questions, anonymous).  It really does help me plan for next season.  I do listen to your comments and make changes to the farm plan where I can.  I look forward to your constructive criticisms.  Thanks again!

See you on the farm.

Posted 9/30/2014 6:58pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 16; Wed Oct 1 (pickup 3-6) and Sat Oct 4 (9-12).   

In the Farm Shop… New crops – sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cauliflower, red (and green) cabbage!  Also, beets and carrots (with the greens), white/yellow potatoes, broccoli, leeks, peppers (sweet and hots), and radish.  Winter squashes to choose from – along with the butternut, buttercup, spaghetti, acorn and carnival.  Greens – back on the table – spinach! Also lettuce, arugula, kale (curly and toscano types) and swiss chard.  Lots of mix and match for you to choose from.  For the garlic and onions – we don’t have much remaining.  We will hold off this week.

In the pick-your-own fields… flowers and herbs.  Feel free to walk around the fields and take what you like/need for the week.  We do have another green bean patch for a bit later in October. 

Seafood (Sat pick up only) – Oysters!  2 dozen.

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale APPLES – from our farm friends in Franklinville, Nichols Orchard.  This week he has Wine sap and Golden Delicious.  He will be harvesting other varieties in the next week (Crispin and Rome).  We love his apples, give them a try!  For the cheeses – sold out for the season.  Thanks for supporting Fulper Family Farmstead.  Sausages – a few in the freezer, help yourself.  We may get 1 more order in from Griggstown to finish the season.  Local eggs – from now until they stop laying!

Renewals – farm update, pricing and your input!

It is that time again – here is a brief summary of 2014 and next season – happy to chat more in Farm Shop if you like!  The family and crew – how do we do it?!  By my side are the foundation of my business, husband Ryan and land owners Art and Carolyn Brown. From field work to tractor maintenance, business making decisions and morale boosting, they help keep me going.  For our staff – Carey, Casey and Jay – we are a team; when one of us is down, the rest of us are feeling it!  We all had our days, but we got through it.  Harvesting, weeding, planting, setting up and breaking down fields, and whatever else the farm required – they worked hard to ensure our CSA customers were well fed.  Thanks guys!  What’s new for 2015?  The Farm Shop will get a facelift – we are in need of a new roof and extra space to accommodate our growing CSA!  As of now, our tables and fridges are set up in a way so that when it rains, we don’t lose things!  With roof repairs, we will be able to open up more space for our customers.  Along with an increase in membership (we hope!), we will extend our Farm Shop hours to better serve our customers; therefore creating better traffic flow in the Shop and the parking area.  For our crops – we are very pleased with our season thus far, but always room for improvements.  I‘d like to do more of the same and trial a few different varieties – golden beets, onions that will hold better in our fields and storage, an heirloom summer squash (costata romenesco!) and further expand our tomato offerings – let us know your thoughts.  Maybe a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, more flowers, herbs, beans?  Survey below (optional, but much appreciated).

  • Cost of a Share, 2015 – based on market research of comparable CSA’s and our projected increased expenses as we continue to expand our business annually – the cost of our 2015 share will go up 75 cents/week over a 20 week season.  Therefore the total cost of a share is $540/season (discounts for early birds, see below).  We feel this is a fair and necessary increase based on the amount and quality of produce we distribute throughout the season – from the Farm Shop offerings to the pick-your-own fields (flowers, herbs, peas, beans and tomatoes).  As the season winds down here, we rely on renewals and new memberships to help cover our end of year expenses – long term loan payments on equipment and other capital investments, paying staff for helping through the winter months on projects, supplies we purchase prior to next season, utilities and rent.  We hope you join us again for another season – we are so thankful for your continued support and helping to keep the local farm landscape thriving in south Jersey.  
Early Bird Discount (renewing members only)from now through the end of October:
 
-  Pay in full – 5% discount, cost $513; OR choose below:
 
-  Payment Plan (no discount, cost $540) – 3 equal payments of $180; 1st due at sign up, then Feb 1, and May 1.
  • CSA Sign Up, 2015 – click here!  No telling when we will sell out.  We usually have a few slots remaining in the spring, but I cannot guarantee it.  Too much food but love the farm?  Consider splitting a share with a friend – we have several members who do this already and it seems to be a good fit for them.
  • End of Season Survey (optional, but much appreciated) - click here:  Please do take a moment to answer a brief end of season survey (10 questions, anonymous).  It really does help me plan for next season.  I do listen to your comments and make changes to the farm plan where I can.  For last season, customers wanted to see heirlooms back on the table and they got um!  I added a few new herbs too.  I look forward to your constructive criticisms.  Thanks again!

See you on the Farm.

Posted 9/23/2014 10:56am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Week 15 CSA; Wed Sept 24 (pick up 3-6), Sat Sept 27 (9-12).

In the Farm Shop… Plenty of fall food on the table – digging new carrot field – bunches really nice!  Other roots for you – potatoes and beets.  Also, green cabbage, broccoli, winter squashes (carnival, acorn, buttercup, spaghetti), onions, leeks, peppers (sweet reds and orange) and garlic.  For your salads, add radish for a little kick.  On the greens table – lots of lettuce, tender arugula.  Also your choice of swiss chard or kale (toscano type).  Spinach will return soon – 1st field recovering from army worm damage; the 2nd seeding we got ahead of the pest problem and it is coming in much better.  October looks good for spinach.  We say good bye to eggplant – thanks for the parmesans!  And we have seen the last of the cucumbers and zucchini /yellow squash.  Maybe you put up a few jars of pickles or froze zucchini bread for the winter – if not, there is always next year!

Beets?  Either love um or leave um, right?  Try my favorite way to eat a beet: boil 40 min. or until fork tender.  Rub skins off under cool water.  Slice thin and chill.  These gems are so yummy when paired with greens!  Plate up a bed of arugula or lettuce (we have both this week), top with sliced beets, goat cheese, glazed walnuts.  Drizzle with a balsamic dressing, or whatever – and enjoy! 

In the pick-your-own fields… Beans, purple and greens – actually on the table in farm shop – not heavy yields for some reason, but great flavor.  Therefore staff will harvest so there is enough for all to grab a pint.  Seems I will have to plant double for next season to ensure there is lots to pick.  Flowers and herbs still out there, feel free to walk the fields – take a bunch, and whatever herbs you need for the week.  Take a few extra herbs for drying/freezing too if you like.

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale - cheeses - a few mozzarella, on sale $6 each.  Ricotta too.  Griggstown chicken sausages (white wine/lemon/parsley & granny smith apple), and local eggs.  Ask us about extra produce too!

Sneak peek into October – a look at the crops – sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cauliflower, bok choy and more.  Apples too (for additional purchase) from a local farmer friend, Nichols Orchards.  He has the best varieties!  CSA sign up for next season opens next week – tell your friends!  Information will be available next week.

See you on the Farm.

Posted 9/16/2014 4:54pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

CSA Week 14; pick ups Wed 9/17 (3-6), Sat 9/20 (9-12)

On the table in Farm Shop… New crops – cabbage (green), and beets (bunched with the greens)!  And more greens – swiss chard back on the table for the fall, kale too. For this week’s salad we will offer a field mix – lettuce/spinach/arugula.  Our spinach is recovering from insect damage and on the rebound (fall army worm pressure high this season); therefore we have combined it with what is more abundant at the moment to ensure all have a fair share of the greens.  Others for the week include broccoli, winter squashes (acorn, carnival/delicata, buttercup and spaghetti), peppers (sweet reds and oranges), eggplant, leeks, potatoes, onions and garlic.  A few cucumbers and zucchini/yellow squash still around, last week though.  We are taking a week or 2 off carrots while we wait for the new field to come in.  Looks real good! 

What is up and coming you ask?  We are getting closer to the finish line!  Tomatoes are done – thank you tomato gods for the bounty!  Eggplant fleeting in the fields, cucumbers and zucchini/yellow squash harvests are lighter with the cooler temperatures at night, no more melons… all normal activity on the farm for this time of year!  We are shifting gears from the summer’s bounty to a more savory fall.  We have lots to bring into the Farm Shop for the remaining weeks.  Plenty of potatoes (whites and yellows), sweet potatoes, beets and carrots.  Along with winter squashes through the end of the season – spaghetti, buttercup, acorn, carnival (round delicata type) AND butternut, cabbage (green and red) and cauliflower.  Greens – spinach, arugula, lettuce, kale, swiss chard and bok choy.  Back on the table for fall – those cute white turnips.  I did not grow as many fall roots this year as in previous due to lack of interest.  If you disagree and would like to see rutabaga and/or parsnips again for next season – let me know and I will be happy to grow them!

Pick-Your-Own Crops… Bean offering light but open for picking – likely 1 pint.  They did get picked hard last week, some members had troubles finding some.  Please do pick a fair share so that there is plenty for all – thanks!  Same honor system applies in Farm Shop.  We calculate the share weekly based on the available harvest – if you are taking a little more, we may run out of something that we did not plan for!  A little snacking in the field is fine and expected, please be mindful of your amounts though – in the fields and the Shop.  Sunflowers, pick 3; more flowers too, pick a nice bunch.  Herbs, take what you need.  

Seafood Share (Sat pick up only) - fresh TUNA!  

Renewals/signups for next season are just around the corner! – we begin signups for next season Oct 1 (week 16 of the CSA).  If you know of anyone interested in our CSA program, kindly pass along the word!  Complete details and pricing to follow soon. 

As things appear to wind down on the farm, we are busy behind the scenes planning for another successful season – ordering seeds and supplies, hiring staff, planning crops and scheduling greenhouse and field plans to ensure a diverse and a full seasons harvest for our members.  We are managing finances, projecting issues (because it is always something – weather, pests and so on!) and drafting subsequent action plans if needed for a smooth as possible upcoming farm season.  Once the season begins, we operate from the plans we lay out during the winter months.  No excuses!  We are excited to again expand our CSA for next season.  We are not ones to take on more than we can handle and continue to grow our CSA at a conservative pace which has kept us in business and growing.  We have requests to do deliveries, farm markets, winter shares and more – but we do not have the means to do so!  We aim to keep our CSA model simple – 1 share size (accommodates 2-3 people/week), 1 season (20 consecutive weeks, mid-June through Oct) and on farm pick-up.  Fill your own baskets from around the tables in our Farm Shop, mix and match options for you to create the share that fits your likes for the week, and pick your own crops in the fields!  Our CSA customers are priority; we do not sell much off the farm.  We have a few small local businesses we call on if we have a bumper crop of something or we donate the overage to Farmers Against Hunger. We look forward to growing healthy food in our community for you and your families in the New Year and for years to come!

Have a great week and see you on the Farm.

Posted 9/9/2014 10:10am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

WEEK 13. Wed, Sept 10 (pickup 3-6), Sat Sept 13 (9-12).

On the Table in Farm Shop… For the greens – the beloved salad mix!  Also spinach, arugula and kale (standard curly and Toscana).  A farewell to the summer salad?  Not quite yet.  Along with a few tomatoes still holding on, how about a few radishes and cucumbers on your plate!  We have broccoli, garlic, and zucchini/yellow squash too.  A new winter squash on the table to choose from – acorn (also spaghetti, carnival and buttercup).  Mix and Match for you to create the share you like for the week – leeks, onions, potatoes, carrots, eggplants (Italian round and classic) and peppers (sweet orange/reds). 

Farm Shop note:  for the mix and match – we do our best to make our signs clear about what your choices are, but it may not translate as well as we think.  For example, on the mix and match recently, we have been counting 1 quart of something (i.e. carrots/potatoes) as 1 piece.  Some confusion may be out there as 1 carrot counts as 1 piece – not so!  It is 1 quart of carrots, not 1 carrot!  If this has happened to you, we apologize for not being clear and hope you take a few extras next time.

In the Pick-Your-Own Fields… New crops – green beans AND purple/white striped beans – 1 row total (green closer to driveway, purple/white closer to Farm Shop).  Sunflowers – mix of varieties coming in - choose 3.  New zinnias (older patch has nice ones too).  Other flowers and herbs in the usual location along the treeline.  For the tomatoes – we have started to take down the trellis for the season – what a great season!  You are welcome to walk around and pick whatever you see out there though.  

Extra Jersey Fresh for SaleMozzarella Sale!  As the tomato harvest gets lighter, so do mozzarella sales.  Therefore, in an effort to clear our inventory, mozzarella will be on sale $6/ball.  Fresh ricotta remains at $7.  Fresh, local eggs from Cycle Farms too. Watermelons - we have a few leftover, but not enough for all.  In that case, we will sell the extras at $2 each.

Storehouse Market Pickup (Sat pick up only) – if you placed an ordered with Susan for dried goods, you can pick up your orders Sat morning during Farm Shop.  Questions?  Please contact Susan at: sue.g.lee@gmail.com.

See you on the Farm!

Posted 9/3/2014 8:33am by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Week 12 CSA; Wed 9/3 (pickup 3-6) and Sat 9/6 (9-12)

Back to School Week!  I assume for most families routines are shifting and you are rearranging schedules to accommodate all the things that go along with this time of year.  A midst the changing atmosphere, the farm has you covered with good eats to help keep you and your families fueled for all the activities that are to come!

In the Shop... A few new crops – for the greens – spinach! Also kale, and arugula (a week off lettuce for regrowth).  Winter squash: new – buttercup (eat like a sweet potato, or great for baking muffins/pies), also carnival (round acorn/delicata type) and spaghetti squash – choose 1.  Broccoli!  It is a bit early for broccoli but that heat really pushed this crop along.  Garlic!  Oh my!  Zucchini and yellow squash too.  Tomatoes, definitely slicers, not sure about heirlooms, game time decision. Watermelon back in shop – take 1 red, extras for sale.  On the Mix and Match table – leeks, onions, carrots, potatoes, eggplant and peppers (sweet orange and reds).     

In the Fields… For the tomatoes – it is nearly time to say farewell to summer.   Good tomatoes to pick if you like, but we did have more rain this week which has made conditions in this field go down.  As you have experienced, an over ripe and fleeting tomato field can be messy!  If you choose not to pick plums/cherries, take an extra slicer in Farm Shop.  Herbs and flowers – basil open finally!  It is small (and may not get much bigger with cooler temps at night), we are not picking heavily.  If you would like to take a handful, help yourself, just out front of Farm Shop. Other herbs/flowers in the usual location.  New sunflowers and zinnias just starting to open.  The sunflowers may be open this Saturday – for the Wed members, you will surely have more to pick the following week.

Seafood Share (Sat pick up only) – LOBSTER!  

Jersey Fresh for Sale… local eggs (provided by Cycle Farms and a few shareholders) cheese (ricotta, mozzarella – Fulper Farms), chicken sausages (Griggstown Farm). Have a friend/family member interested in the farm for next season?  Bring them along, we have extra produce for sale - see shop for details.  

PS – On Instagram? Check us out, bbfarms_csa.  Share your farm photos, #seasaltcsa.  Thanks for infusing the farm into your lives!

See you on the Farm.

Posted 8/26/2014 2:12pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Week 11 CSA; Wed 8/27 (pickup 3-6) and Sat 8/30 (9-12)

In the Shop… New crops.  For the greens – kale (curly and toscano types), lettuce (loose mix) and arugula.  Winter squash – carnival (round acorn/delicata type) and spaghetti squash – choose 1.  Back on the table – zucchini and yellow squash – just coming on, small and tender, they are very nice (cucumbers are soon to follow).  Leeks - use in place of onions (or with), potato/leek soup (we have the potatoes!) and so on.  On the mix and match table – onions, carrots, potatoes, eggplant and peppers.  Tomatoes are heavy (slicers, heirlooms) – and see below for pick your own.  We will take a break on watermelon for a week or 2 (new field to be harvested next week).

Bring your own bags to recycle – we all have them (standard size from Wawa, Shop Rite, or the like), and we will have some too.  Our bag supplier has moved and we are not able to get them as readily anymore.  I might have them by Saturday, please bring your own as a backup though for your tomatoes (for pick your own plums) and greens – thanks. 

In the Fields… Plum tomatoes – fill a bag!  Every year I aim to have the plums be a pick your own crop but a combination of the varieties I selected and weather/disease issues have not produced a crop well enough to have an abundant pick your own experience.  When I think of plums, I think of our customers picking bushel baskets full of saucing potential.  I have been holding back on opening this field to heavy picking until just the right moment – when lots of tomatoes are ripe on the vine (it is not perfect though).  Staff have gone through and picked as much rot as there was at the time and cleaned up the walkways for you.  A ripe tomato field can be messy!  If you choose not to pick plums, take a few extra slicers in Farm Shop.  Sungolds still out there and lots of the pink cherry tomatoes.  Herbs and flowers too. 

Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale… local eggs (provided by Cycle Farms and a few shareholders) cheese (ricotta, mozzarella – Fulper Farms), chicken sausages (Griggstown Farm). 

Storehouse Market on Saturday; a local business providing whole and nutritious foods – dried beans, fruits, grains and nuts.  They will be on hand Saturday morning for a sample of what they offer, chat and take orders if you are interested.  Wednesday pickup?  No problem – give them a call or email.  For details – click here.

See you on the Farm!

Posted 8/19/2014 3:08pm by Jennifer LaMonaca.

Week 10, Wed 8/20 (pickup 3-6) and Sat 8/23 (9-12).

Half way mark, 10 more to go!  Hope you are enjoying your CSA experience with us – let us know your thoughts, if you have suggestions, we are all ears.  A few folks have mentioned that either the melons have been great or that it rotted quickly.  Please let us know!  The good and not so good about our CSA so we can keep doing what we are doing or make adjustments. We aim to meet your expectations.  Here is what we have for you this week:

On the Table… spaghetti squash, tomatoes (nice red slicers and a few heirlooms), watermelons (red or yellow) and onions.  Mix and Match options for eggplant (round and classic Italian types), peppers (sweet reds, orange and green bells), carrots and potatoes.  For the carrots and potatoes, choose 1 quart if you like – they will be included with the eggplant and pepper mix and match items this week.  For example, 1 quart will equal 1 piece.  Mix and Match options for the greens – arugula (peppery) and Swiss chard (small and tender) – take one or both. 

In the Fields… tomatoes – plums, orange sungolds and dark pink cherry types.  Due to the last rain event, 6 inches, lots of tomatoes on the ground and some rot.  Don’t worry too much though, they are hanging in there and we have cleaned up this field.  We picked up and tied up what we could so you can get in there for the good stuff.  Herbs – basil is small, but getting there, not open yet.  Rather, go for thyme and oregano.  Also rosemary, sage and lemon balm.  Parsley is no more, washed out in the rain along with the new dill and cilantro.  It may be too late to re seed these crops.  Flowersdoing well for this time of year – more to come soon. 

Seafood (Sat pick up only) – clams!

Extra Jersey Fresh for SalePeaches – local, Pastore Orchards, Hammonton, NJ.  Cheeses – fresh mozzarella and ricotta, Fulper Family Farmstead, Lambertville, NJ. 

Other farm news – for the crops, lettuce and spinach looking good, soon on the table.  New zucchini and yellow squash to harvest in a week or 2.  Beans (green and purple) coming along.  Tomato crop best ever!  We are having a great tomato year, heirlooms so so, but that is how they go.  Winter squash has been pulled, a bit early though due to the wet fields, we feared rot though if we did not collect them.  We have them in our greenhouse to cure and sweeten.  Along with the spaghetti, we have lots of butternut, buttercup, acorn and carnival (round delicata type).  We will give them out in the order that they cure and store. 

Regarding our farm crew – back to school!  First one off is Casey.  I am so appreciative for all of his hard work and dedication on the farm this season.  He planted, weeded, harvested, trellised, sorted, bunched, topped and whatever else the farm required daily - and with a good attitude!  He brought positive energy - just the dose we needed on the crew this summer. I thank him for his service to the farm and community – all the best to you and may the farm be with you!

From all of us - thanks for supporting our farm and we look forward to seeing you.