The Local Harvest

THE LOCAL HARVEST   The Newsletter of Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA, December 21, 2017

2018 APPLICATIONS ONLINE NOW!  by Sherry Dudas

For those of you who have already signed up for the 2018 season, we thank you and look forward to serving you again in the upcoming year!

If you have not signed up yet, the applications are now on our website. Just click the links below to access and know that the fees reflected on these applications are valid only until January 15th.  For those who would rather pay using PayPal, we will email again once our PayPal page goes live.

Pennington Application

Chesterfield Application

Boxed Share Application (with new drop-off sites in Bloomfield, Crosswicks, Ewing, Freehold Township and Flemington!)

Corporate Boxed Share Application

Please know that prices needed to be raised over last year's membership fees and membership fees will increase another 1% for members who sign up after January 15th.

Rebuilding Our Farm Team – Sherry Dudas

In other news, we’re assembling our team for the 2018 season and are thrilled to announce that Allegra Ceci, a long-time employee of ours at our Pennington farm stand, is going to be our Chesterfield Farm Market Manager!  As part of her new duties, she will be coordinating farm educational activities for children on most Thursday mornings, as well as organizing food demonstrations, tours of our fruit high tunnels and herb garden walk and talks. Allegra has worked as a teacher for many years and has a lot of fun and exciting ideas, so stay tuned as our programming becomes more fleshed out. 

We also are seeking farm managers in several key areas, so if you know of any qualified applicants, please have them contact me.       

DECEMBER CHILL AND SNOW HASN’T SLOWED THE FARMERS DOWN! – Sherry Dudas 

We’ve had a few snowy days and nine December days so far have been at or below normal temperatures. Some days the wind chill is quite wretched for our remaining farm workers, but they bundle up and do the best they can.  The weather and the upcoming holidays will set us back a bit on our greenhouse installation project, but we’re thrilled that Jared Polomski, our Box Packing Manager of this past summer, will be helping us out during his winter break from Lehigh University.  Jared is quite tall which will help out a lot when it’s time to “skin” the greenhouses with the clear plastic coverings!  

We’re happy today marks the beginning of winter, and the lengthening of daylight.  Waking up to utter darkness at 6am makes it hard to get out of bed!  Chip and Jamie, the farm dogs, love to go out as soon as they can to sniff around and see what nighttime critters have visited the farm.  We often find fox scat and, if there’s a layer of snow, we like to follow the fox tracks to see where they are laying in on the farm (they like the thicket of woods adjacent to the pond).  Other interesting snow prints are made by rabbits, many different bird species and, of course, deer.   

We also have a few pairs of mallards that have settled in at our pond this winter and our resident kestrel is spotted nearly every day on his hunting grounds,often perched on one of Farmer Jim’s farm implements looking for an unsuspecting mole or mouse!  The most unusual visitor, though, has been an immature bald eagle that has been spotted twice flying over the Chesterfield farm. I have no way of knowing if it’s the same one or two different ones that were just traveling through on their way to their southern wintering grounds, but the sheer size of these kingly raptors just stopped me in my tracks!  Last month, while driving through Hopewell Township, I saw a mature bald eagle feasting on a deer carcass on the edge of a farm field and he was about the height of a toddler.  I was just flabbergasted!  New Jersey’s wildlife just never ceases to awe me!

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