Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Farm & Fork Society presents Circle Brook Farm

This season marks Farm & Fork Society's 10th anniversary. For a decade, we have been dedicated to building an integrated community comprised of our farmer partners and members. We believe in a system that connects small local farms and businesses directly to the community and have always been dedicated to the health of our members by supporting farmers with the best environmental practices. We value the importance of fostering deep, meaningful relationships between our farmers and the community

To visually show our commitment, last summer we worked with recent Millburn High School graduate, Maxwell Kaps, to create a series of mini-documentaries about our farmers.

The first one is on John Krueger, Circle Brook Farm, our organic vegetable farmer.

We hope that you will watch and share.

And don't forget to sign up for the 2017 season. Click here to join.

Friday, March 17, 2017

2nd Annual Generation Zero: Working to Reduce Hunger in NJ

Please join us in raising money for the 2nd Annual Generation Zero: Working to Reduce Hunger in NJ

New Jersey faces a food insecurity crisis. Nearly 150,000 people go hungry everyday in Essex County, alone - the highest rate for any county in the state.

Last year we raised over $5,000 to purchase fresh produce for the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges and the Food Pantry at Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange.  This year our goal is to raise $15,000 and we will add Isaiah House in East Orange to list of recipients.

The donated produce will help feed more than 600 individuals per week.

The fundraising program has two prongs:  

  • Over 1.1 million people are food insecure in New Jersey.  About 45% of the them do not qualify for government assistance because they make a little more then the amount that you need for help. In Essex County alone, there are about 141,000 people (out of 800,000) who are food insecure.
  • Our local farmers need our support. Farming is a hard business, and the farmers always strive to provide the community with quality, delicious produce at affordable prices. However, it has become increasingly more difficult to do so. Some key challenges our farmers face include: climate change, drought, decreasing bee populations, limits on hiring migrant workers, and competition from big food businesses. Now more than ever they need our support. Without our support these small local farmers will most likely go out of business.
All funds raised by Generation Zero will go to purchase weekly produce from Farm & Fork Society for these food pantries. In turn, these organizations can rely upon a weekly source of fresh fruits and vegetables. 

The cost for one 24-Week Vegetable & Fruit Share is approximately $1,000. Our goal is to purchase at least 15 shares.  

Investors Bank has graciously sponsored our fundraising effort and  committed to donate significant amount of money! 

Thank you for your support.

Click HERE to Donate.

Background:  Generation Zero was originally started by Elijah Goldberg as “mitzvah” project in Spring, 2016, to mark his 13th Birthday.  The term mitzvah is a Hebrew word that has come to express an act of human kindness.  Learning that there are over a million people who are food insecure in New Jersey, 1/3 of them are children, Elijah decided to do something. The name Generation Zero is derived from Generation Z (aka Gen Z) those born in years that range from the mid-1990s to early 2000s.

Elijah and Farm & Fork Society have teamed up in 2017 to reach a broader audience.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Early Bird Pricing Ends Today, March 1

Early Bird Pricing for the 2017 season ends today, March 1.

Click HERE to go to our website ("How to Join" section) where you can find detailed instructions and a link to our online ordering system. All members must agree to our Rules & Regulations which can be read here. Please review prior to mailing your contract and check.

Below are some changes to the 2017 season.
  • Season Dates: June 7 to November 15.
  • Pick up Day/Time: Wednesdays, 12-3 PM
  • Early Bird Pricing: Early bird pricing is available for Vegetable, Fruit, Eggs, and Pasta shares. March 1 deadline is firm. 
  • Debit Cards: We are accepting Debit Cards. Details on order form.
  • Vegetable Share: This share is now available in two sizes: Basic and Premium. Premium is the same quantity as past season. Basic is smaller. Full details are on the website.
  • Chicken Share: This share will NOT start until August 2. Knoll Krest Farm is in the process of converting the chicken farm to 100% organic! The farmer is not sure when the change will be complete, but it definitely be done by August. If it is completed before August, members will have to opportunity to start the share earlier. 
  • Weekly Add Ons: We will be sending weekly emails in which you can order weekly add ons including products from Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, Breezy Hill Orchard, homemade products from Farm & Fork Society and other local food purveyors. 
  • Donations for Food Pantry Shares: We are once again asking for donations towards the purchase of shares for our local food pantries. In addition, to Our Lady of Sorrows and Interfaith Food Pantry, year we have added Isaiah House to the list of recipients.