On-farm Pick-up at Pennington

Pennington Farm Pick-Up

The application for our CSA program for pick-up on our farm in Pennington at 8 Elm Ridge Road (at the corner of Elm Ridge and Pennington-Rocky Hill Roads) is HERE for the 2021 season, our 31st!

We offer four share sizes for farm pick-up: the sampler/personal (for those who don't wish to commit to a larger share, or prefer not to share a share), small (sized for 1 vegan/vegetarian adult, or a couple that goes light on produce), medium (sized for 2-3 adults) and large (sized for approximately 2 adults & 2-3 children).  These estimates are based on the average size of households increasing in 2021 (children not yet in school/college, parents working from home, older members having children or others who have moved back home, etc.).

Please keep in mind, however, that the right-sized share for you depends not just on theImage title number of people in your household but also on your eating habits. If you are a vegetarian or like to do lots of canning and freezing, you may prefer a larger share, or you may want to consider purchasing two shares for one family. 

We are using a software program called Farmigo to manage shares in 2021. Members will be alerted before their pickup day as to what they can expect in their share. Depending on the size of share you choose, your pre-determined share will have $38 (large), $28 (medium), $19 (small) and $13.50 (sampler/personal) worth of produce. Members will then be able to go into their Farmigo account to add/discard produce from the share as determined by our field manager (let's call that "farmer's choice). The credits that are purchased ($1,000, $750, $500 & $350) allow for members to exceed their base share's value, if desired. So, for example, you may choose a Large share and each week your base share will be worth about $38. You can then go into your account and add more produce to your share, making it, say, $50. Your credits will be decreased by $50 for that week. You can also reduce your base share on a week that you would like less produce and end up paying less than the $38 base. So, for example, a bunch of kale may be priced at $2.00/bunch, a pound of yellow onions may be priced at $1.30/pound, and so forth.  When creating an order, a member can use their weekly credit they already pre-purchased to fill their order up to that amount (as in the case of our example, $38 for a large share) or they can order over or under that amount. Pricing for individual items may change with the seasons, such as when we have an overabundance of a crop and want to lower the price to increase demand for it.

Upon arrival at the farm, members will receive your order ticket (AKA "pick list") based on how you changed (or didn't change) your share online. Then, you will select the produce in the market using your ticket. It won't be pre-packed in a box for pickup, you will pick your produce and place it in shopping bags (that you will hopefully bring with you).  If you never go online to alter or amend your share's contents, you will receive the farmer's choice share, which is essentially the share we've offered for the past 30 years.

Keep in mind that if, during the course of the season, you feel you are getting too much or too little produce, you may contact us to upgrade the size of your share any time during the season, but to downgrade you have until August 1st. We will pro-rate your increased membership fee or refund accordingly.  

When quantities are limited on a crop, such as, say, early harvested carrots, we may need to limit quantities available.  We will try to keep this to a minimum. 

During our distribution season, farm staff harvests crops and places them in bins in our distribution center. Instructions on what to do when you get to the farm can be found in our Handbook. 

For members’ convenience, we publish a monthly online newsletter The Local Harvest. In addition, we offer events throughout the season, which will be announced in the monthly newsletter.

Sharing a Share

Please note, if you choose to share a share you need to split the total quantities given amongst yourselves. For example, there are times when Large share members are only entitled to one pumpkin or one watermelon. Large share members and their partner(s) will need to share that one item. Farm staff does not recommend shares be shared, but rather strongly encourage the purchase of shares that are just the right size for your household, in order to avoid confusion and to free members from the hassle of coordinating pick-ups, etc.

If you and your partners need to pick-up at the farm at separate times on your designated pick-up day, be sure to coordinate amongst yourselves to avoid taking the incorrect amount. We can recommend several convenient methods of coordinating with your share partners such as leaving a note on the message board, packing and leaving a bag for your share partner, or alternating the weeks of pick-up (i.e., you come the first and third weeks of the month, your share partner picks up the second and fourth weeks). Members and their share partners need to pick-up on the same pick-up day.

Pick Your Own & "Add ON" Crops

Most weeks a number of crops for Pick Your Own harvesting is offered at the Pennington farm. This benefit is included in your membership fee. Members often tell us that PYO harvesting at our farm is the highlight of their week and an important component in their stress management program! Many of our members tell us that the CSA membership is still a good value even if they don’t partake in PYO harvesting.

Our Veggie Hotline and the This Week’s Distribution and PYO lists page of our website lets you know what’s available from week to week and is updated three times per week.

On occasion, we may also offer "add on" crops for sale in our Distribution Center.  These are crops, like sweet corn and tree fruit, that are too costly to include in our regular distribution program.  We offer these crops to members who are willing to pay the extra cost associated with producing these crops, which are difficult to grow organically.

You are able to customize the produce contents of your share in advance.

This allows farm staff to grow more of what you want and reduce food waste. You also will be able to purchase extras from our farm, during times when you may be entertaining or "putting up" for the off-season. Additionally, you can purchase "add-ons" from other farmers and vendors such as: 

In order to purchase a 2021 membership to take advantage of the above offerings, please click HERE, then scroll down to choose to pick-up your share in Pennington on available days.

Where We Farm in Hopewell Township

Honey Brook Organic Farm farms on land owned by private owners of a permanently preserved farm on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road in Hopewell Township. 

Membership Confirmation and Members’ Handbooks

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Confirmation of your membership, pick-up day and share size will be emailed to you by mid-May.

Your Members’ Handbook is available here. It is really important for members to read their Handbook. The Handbook is a member’s “owners manual” and answers common questions about the farm, i.e., how to store produce, what to do when you get to the farm and where you can find convenient and tasty recipes, etc. Please keep in mind that if you have additional questions, you can always call the office or talk to an attendant when you are at the farm.

First Pick-Up 

The start date of the distribution season varies from year to year depending on the weather. For the exact date of the first pick-up and the start of strawberry picking, please visit our website, check our Facebook page or call the Veggie Hotline starting May 15th. The first pick-up is sometime after May 15th. Please be sure to come to the farm only on your assigned pick-up day unless you have made prior arrangements. We harvest just enough for the number of members expected per day.

Check out our Policies page for additional information.

This Week’s Harvest
Plan your meals for the week.

Our harvest calendar indicates produce availability throughout the growing season.

The Local Harvest
Please read our newsletter The Local Harvest to connect with the farm and the larger community.

Sign up for mailings

Buying A Share

Become part of our community by purchasing a share.