The Local Harvest

THE LOCAL HARVEST   The Newsletter of Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA, April, 2021 

CSA SHARES STILL AVAILABLE

We are not sold out of CSA shares for the upcoming season, so click HERE for links to the various programs we offer, then click for our online sales platform (called “Farmigo”). Boxed Share and home delivery memberships can be purchased through this site as well. Our new partnership with Farmigo allows us to offer customizable boxes, home delivery and add-on items such as wine from Cream Ridge Winery, Medicine Makers, farm crafted Herbal Cocktail and Herbal Hemp CSA add-ons from Barefoot Botanicals, a Doylestown, PA certified organic herb farm (the Herbal Hemp option can be purchased PRIOR to the beginning of our CSA's start date!). The Medicine Makers and Herbal Cocktail CSA boxes will be delivered to whatever location you choose to pick-up your HBOF CSA share at! Click HERE to download the application.

You can also add the following to your shares:

- Honey from our farms and produced by Igor's Bees.

- Oatmeal, oat groats, wheat berries, and whole wheat & einkorn flours from Morganics Family Farm in Hillsborough, NJ.

- Fresh tofu, yogurt, assorted cheeses and more from Lancaster County, PA farmers and food artisans.

- Bloody Mary mix, salsas, barbecue sauce, marinara pasta sauce, hot sauce, marinades and more from Dogwood Farms of Liberty Corner, NJ.

SEEKING NEW WORKPLACE BOXED SHARE DROP-OFF SITES

If you work for an employer who may have an interest in hosting a Boxed Share drop-off site for the farm, or if you’re a business executive or small business owner interested in hosting opportunities, please email boxshare(@)honeybrookorganicfarm.com for more information. What a marvelous treat to offer returning or new employees, once they safely get back to their workplace, the option to grab a box of locally grown, 100% certified organic produce and other items to take home and skip the trip to the grocery store after work!

FARMING THIS WARM AND DRY SPRING by Sherry Dudas

All of us here at Honey Brook Organic Farm are either planting, seeding or planning for the upcoming harvest season. This April, the weather has been warm and dry, so Farmer Jim was able to direct seed spinach, arugula, baby boc choi, radishes, hakurei turnips and lettuce mix somewhat early.  We also have begun transplanting broccoli, kale, cabbage and Chinese cabbage! The strawberry and sweet sugar snap and snow pea fields are being hand-weeded to prepare for the opening of our pick-your-own season and our asparagus is beginning to poke its crowns from our well-conditioned soil.

Our field staff are returning to the farm, and we staggered their arrival times with the first group arriving in early April and a second arriving in late April.  All workers are being offered the option of receiving Covid-19 vaccinations through the services of Southern Jersey Family Medical Services and we’ve also assisted other local businesses by giving them the option of having their staff vaccinated through this program at our Chesterfield farm. Farmers Jim and Sherry are partially vaccinated, and some greenhouse and office staff are fully or partially vaccinated. We are grateful farm workers were able to get the vaccines so easily and relatively quickly and we are looking forward to working in a safer, healthier environment in 2021.

We've pulled up stakes and signs from the Wargo Road farm and are now readying the new Pennington farm as a CSA distribution site, by removing weeds along the deer fence and moving compost piles and equipment to make way for aWe've pulled up stakes and signs from the Wargo Road farm. parking lot and large tent. We are also in the process of hiring a new office manager, as Rachel will be leaving at the end of April.  We wish her well in her new endeavors and look forward to welcoming a new office manager soon.  Click here for a list of job vacancies at the farm. It is really gratifying for us to offer more job opportunities on the farm this year, as we prepare for another bustling season!

Lastly, check out this video featuring Honey Brook Organic Farm, produced by Shivani Patel.  We had fun showing Shivani around the farm in early spring.  Farmer Jim also welcomed gleaners from Share My Meals to harvest root crops for donation to area families in April and Sherry attended a Zoom class at Princeton University with three other NJ farmers to talk about our response and adaptation to the pandemic and so much more.  It’s been a busy time at the farm and we’re looking forward to beginning the harvest season in May and seeing you at the farms soon!

LAST SPRING FARMERS’ MARKET SATURDAY APRIL 24TH IN CHESTERFIELD FEATURES LIVE MUSIC!

As we prepare to open our CSA season in May, we have to wind down our popular Chesterfield Farmers’ Market.  Click this link and scroll to the bottom for news regarding the Farmers’ Market, including what vendors will be there.  The singer-guitarist Rob McMahon will be playing LIVE from 11:00am-2pm!




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