The Local Harvest

THE LOCAL HARVEST   The Newsletter of Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA, January, 2019 

OUR WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET HAS BEEN EXTENDED!! – Sherry Dudas

Throughout the months of December and January, we’ve been offering an outdoor Winter Farmers’ Market every other Saturday, very much akin to the winter farmers’ markets Europeans enjoy. All of the participating farms and food establishments have been family-owned and operated, and Farmer Jim and I were not charging the farmers and producers any market fees, so they could keep all of what they earned. 2018 was a tough year for many of us, with record and near-record weather extremes, especially for heat and precipitation. The market was an opportunity for the vendors to sell high-quality locally grown or produced food directly to customers, without any middlemen.  

Now that the temperatures have dipped, we’ve been offering S’mores Saturdays, where we’ve been selling s’mores kits for assembling around our campfire ring, with Sandi at Garden State Salad and Laura of Backyard Harvest serving hot, frothy beverages to pair with the gooey delights!  Not surprisingly, this addition has brought more kids out and has added an air of conviviality to the market! Shoppers and farmers alike enjoy warming themselves around the fire, while getting to know each other and enjoying a little guilty pleasure in the form of s’mores, bringing back lots of good memories to adults who indulged, as well as creating new happy memories for s’mores “newbies”, like Andres from Dogwood Farms!   

The market has been so much fun that most of the vendors have agreed to continue through the months of February and March, every other Saturday starting February 9 and going to March 23 from 11am-3pm! Sadly, January 26th is the last day of the Winter Market that Sweet Spice and Honey Halal Baked Goods will be with us.

The following is a list of participants, but we are also looking for a local baker and beekeeper to add to the mix:   

Backyard Harvest is the creation of Laura Mayer, a registered nurse, herbalist, gardener and advocate for keeping the natural world alive. She offers herbal products and tea, lotions, winter immune syrups, bitters, essence formulas, heart elixir and also hot cups of yummy homemade tea and frothy campfire-appropriate hot beverages. She grows most of the herbs she uses and gets the rest from friend's farms or local folks.

Dogwood Farms of Hillsborough, NJ will be offering their certified organic chicken eggs and whole chickens, as well as beef, lamb, chicken bone broth, roasted turnip hummus, salsas, their full line of pestos, tomato sauces, hot sauces, Bloody Mary mix, raviolis and fresh pastas. You can still place your order for their Winter Meat CSA program, with three monthly pick-ups at our Pennington farm from February through April.

Sandi of Garden State Salad in Flemington, NJ (and Farmer Sherry Dudas's sister) will be selling freshly prepared hot and cold soups such as Beef Barley, Chicken Mushroom, Vegan Carrot Cashew & Turkey Wild Rice, kombucha and hot organic coffee.

Honey Brook Organic Farm will be selling CSA shares for our 2019 season. On January 26th, we'll also be selling s'mores kits for More S'mores Saturday at the farm, where we will enjoy s'mores around the campfire!

Purely Farm is truly excited to present the return of their Hand Crafted Meatloaves offering a classic comfort food with a pasture-raised twist. They are featuring an Italian Meatloaf with spinach, green olives, Locatelli Romano, fennel and more. For the more adventurous palettes, their Moroccan Meatloaf showcases ras el hanout, lemon confit, mint and lots of onions. Pure pleasure awaits you after popping these 1 pound meatloaves into a 375*F oven for approximately 35 minutes. If you have never had a 100% pasture-raised pork meatloaf then don't delay any longer; you're gonna love it! Purely Farm also has the tastiest tenderloins, pork chops, shoulder roasts, pork loin, smoked bacon (nitrate-free), smoked hocks (nitrate-free) and killer kielbasi, lightly smoked, leaving you with a warm garlic glow (her kielbasi would be awesome roasted on a stick over our campfire)!

Sugar Maple Jerseys Heidi Kovacs is the sole owner of this local dairy in Stockton, New Jersey and a first generation dairy farmer. She provides customers with high quality dairy products at an affordable price while having excellent animal care, by managing a pasture-based, primarily grass-fed herd. Her milk is always antibiotic and hormone free and the products she will be selling include raw milk cheddar, flavored cheddars, aged Gouda, hand-made butter, mozzarella, feta and cheddar cheese curds.

Come experience the pleasure of being at an organic farm in the midst of a nearly 1,000-acre nature preserve and share in the bounty and beauty of what some of the best farmers and other food producers in our area have created!    

ADDITIONS AND CHANGES TO OUR CSA PROGRAM FOR 2019 by Sherry Dudas  

We’re pleased to announce that for 2019, we have new Boxed Share drop off locations at The Asbury Hotel (Asbury Park), RWJ University Hospital Hamilton, RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick, South Philadelphia, PA, Burlington, NJ, Chester, NJ, Little Silver, NJ, Edison, NJ & North Brunswick, NJ.  Also, we are looking for new hosts for our Boxed Share drop-offs in Belmar, Lincroft & Lambertville, NJ.  Please contact us if you have an interest.  

Regarding the sale of one of the two farms we own in Chesterfield, there have been no serious offers on this farm yet. Just to clarify, the farm we’re selling is not the one on which our Distribution Center is located, but is the Chesterfield farm where the blueberries grow. If the farm is sold, we will offer pre-picked blueberries that we will harvest from our Pennington farm for availability in the Chesterfield Distribution Center, instead of as a pick-your-own crop. Chesterfield CSA members as well as Boxed Share members with pick-your-own privileges in Chesterfield will also have pick-your-own blueberry privileges in Pennington, as that crop’s quantities continue to increase each year. Since, between the remaining Chesterfield farm and the two we lease in Hopewell Township, we have a total of about 180 tillable acres, but we only need 100 acres to satisfy the needs of our customers, there will be no reduction in the amount of acreage we farm.  

For those of you who have already signed up for the 2019 season, we thank you and look forward to serving you this spring!  If you have not signed up yet, the credit card and PDF applications are on our website.  Just click the links below to access the webpages, with links to the appropriate applications.  Please know that for 2019, the membership fees for pick-up at the farms in Chesterfield or Pennington have not been increased.

Pennington Application

Chesterfield Application

Early Bird Boxed Share Application  &  Early Bird Corporate Boxed Share Application (with a deadline of 1/31)

MORE WINTER FARM PROJECTS KEEP US BUSY – Jim Kinsel  

Our "construction artist" Ray and staff have been braving the rainy and frigid weather this winter to complete the installation of our three greenhouses at the farm on Crosswicks-Ellisdale Road in Chesterfield.   We’ve narrowed down the choice of electrician to wire the houses and also reached out to our propane supplier to install appropriate equipment to heat and cool the houses.  We’re excited to be moving our seedling production to the Chesterfield farm, where Farmer Jim can keep a close eye on our transplant babies. We still are looking to hire a Greenhouse Manager to work with Jim on this endeavor, so if you know of any qualified individuals, please send them our way!   We are also in the process of recycling defunct used vehicles and selling some farm equipment we no longer use or have outgrown. 

In the office, we continue to research recyclable or compostable bags, containers and boxes for packing our produce.  Eric and Chris, two of our field hands that stayed on this winter, are maintaining our deer fences by removing the vegetation that’s been growing on them; quite a tedious task and one we haven’t done in several years.  Hopefully, Farmer Jim and I will be able to take our 2017 “summer” vacation soon and maybe learn how to play ukulele and banjo under a warm tropical sun!  



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