The Local Harvest

THE LOCAL HARVEST   The Newsletter of Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA, October 5th, 2017

“A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.”  Wendell Berry

2018 EARLY BIRD APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 31ST! by Sherry Dudas   

Please see below for links to our 2018 Early Bird applications: 

Pennington Application

Chesterfield Application

Boxed Share Application

Corporate Boxed Share Application

These applications reflect membership fees that are the same as the membership fees for the 2017 season (in other words, the fees as reflected on the 2017 regular applications, not the Early Bird applications).  These membership fees will only remain in effect until October 31, 2017, so all applications need to be postmarked by October 31st.  After October 31st, membership fees for the 2018 season will increase.  Any questions regarding the applications can be directed to Lynne, our membership coordinator, at or 609-737-8846.     

In other news from the farm office, we will not be offering a Holiday Harvest program this year, like we have for the past two seasons. With the continuing labor shortage, we fear it will be difficult to hire new staff to do winter harvesting. Farmer Jim and I also would like to have a longer vacation than we’ve been able to enjoy the past two winters, and managing the Holiday Harvest program, which ends in late December, has cut into vacation time, as we begin seeding in our greenhouses in January.

Regarding 2018, we do not plan on offering additional share sizes on either the Delivered Box Share program or at our Distribution Centers in Chesterfield and Pennington.  However, we are interested in expanding the number of communities we serve on our Boxed Share program.  If you or an organization or business that you’re a part of has an interest in hosting one of our Boxed Share drop-offs, please contact Rachel, our Boxed Share Coordinator, at or 609-737-8846.

“PUTTING UP” SEASON IS UPON US! - SherryDudas     

We hope that the early fall produce, combined with the lingering summer bounty, is a delight to one and all!  I find that my need to “put up” tomatoes conflicts with my desire to delve into the winter squash and rutabaga, as my time is quite limited this time of year. Like many of our CSA members, I have to get the most of what leisure time I have, and cooking is definitely one of my passions!  So, at this time of year, the dog walks get shorter while the freezer gets fuller!     

When pick-your-own quantities are high for many of the vegetable crops as they are now, members may not choose to harvest their share of our perennial herbs.  I encourage you to try to make time to harvest your herbs soon, as the quality will begin to diminish over the next few weeks.  With winter holidays on the horizon, now would be a good time to harvest herbs like oregano, sage and thyme to dry and store for later use.  An easy method to dry herbs is to lay them on a brown paper bag placed on a rack in an oven after they’ve been washed and dried and simply let the pilot light dry them out for a day or two!

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