The Local Harvest

THE LOCAL HARVEST   The Newsletter of Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA, February, 2018


January temperatures were average and precipitation was low, so the farmers were busy getting our equipment in tip-top shape and cleaning up the greenhouses in anticipation ofthe new growing season. Farmer Jim and Jamie the “junior” farm dog had an exciting time on a trip to Lancaster County last week, picking up supplies and dropping off a tractor Jim recently sold. They started their trip off with a stop at a Starbucks, where the barista was thrilled to make a “pupaccino” (essentially a cup of whipped cream) for Jamie, then continued on throughout Amish country, where Jamie was wildly excited to see a horse and buggy flying down the road! Image title

This month, Emilyn and Angela, our co-greenhouse managers, Eric, one of our experienced greenhouse workers and Jordan, an employee new to greenhouse work, have been preparing our Pennington greenhouses for the seeding season. They are responsible for growing out our vegetable, melon, herb and flower transplants and making sure field staff have healthy seedlings to plant beginning in March.  They’ve already begun to seed our onion crop. Farmer Jim finalized his seed order, and seed packets are streaming into the farm. At the same time, the magnolia tree in Pennington is beginning to bud, killdeer have returned to the farm for breeding season, spring peepers are peeping and our garlic shoots have begun to emerge, letting us know that even though the calendar may say otherwise, spring is right around the corner! Now's the time, if you still need to do so, to please submit your membership application so we may better plan for the fast-approaching planting season! 

2018 Memberships  

Membership applications continue to come in, and there are still memberships available for all locations on our Boxed Share program and at our Distribution Centers in Chesterfield and Pennington.  Our PayPal application as well as our PDFapplications are online (there is a 3% discount when using cash or checks for payment). Please note we offer five share sizes for on-farm pick-up memberships and four for our Boxed Share program.  You can learn more about these options by visiting the links below:

Pennington Application 

Chesterfield Application

Boxed Share Application  

Corporate Boxed Share Application 

Consider Purchasing a Share to Help those in Need this Season! by Sherry Dudas

A big thank you to a returning farm member, for suggesting that members consider buying shares or parts of shares that would be given to local food banks or other charitable organizations. We could also use purchased shares to supplement the produce that the farm donates on a weekly basis to Womanspace.  Direct purchases of shares by members would then help both our farm and the receiving organization! For details please email .

New Boxed Share Drop-Off Sites 

In our Boxed Share Program, we are offering new drop off sites: Bloomfield, Crosswicks Library, Ewing at The College of New Jersey (open to faculty, staff and students only), Freehold Township Health Department, Flemington (at Garden State Salad, Sherry’s sister Sandi’s café, Virtua Corporate Office in Marlton (for their employees only), Virtua Center for HealthFitness in Moorestown, William G.Rohrer Center for HealthFitness in Voorhees and Virtua Center for HealthFitness in Washington Township.

If you work for an employer who may have an interest in hosting a Boxed Share drop-off site forthe farm, or if you’re a small business owner interested in hosting opportunities, please email for more information.  It’s not too late for us to deliver to more locations. 


Please come out and say hello to Sherry and Jim this Wednesday, February 21st, at Vincentown Diner in Vincentown, NJ. Jersey Jim, a friend of many NJ farmers and the owner of Vincentown Diner, has invited us to take part in this “meet the farmers” event, which includes the winemakers from Unionville Vineyards, located in Ringoes, New Jersey. Enjoy some of their wines during dinner to find out why this winery is a New Jersey favorite! Cherry Grove Farm from Lawrenceville, New Jersey will also be at the event, so you can sample some of their amazing cheeses as well!  

We will be sampling some bean dip made with our heirloom dried beans (grown at our farm in Chesterfield) and encourage you to come and ask your burning questions about organic farming in the Garden State or whatever else may be on your mind! You will also be able to purchase a membership in our Community Supported Agriculture program at that time. Hope to see you there!


We’re hiring for the 2018 season, so click here to learn more about available positions!


Download our January 2018 newsletter here

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