Monday, October 15, 2018

Letter from John Krueger (Week 20)

Hi Folks, 

So it’s another gloomy day here on the farm. What happened to the sun! We narrowly missed a frost on Sunday morning but more cold air is moving in and we will certainly be hit by Wednesday or Thursday. This will mean the end of the eggplant and soon the end of the peppers. We are trying to cover as much as we can to protect it but it depends on how low it goes as to whether we succeed. Most of the crops remaining in the field are hardy and are not hurt by frosts or light freezes. Let’s just hope the mercury doesn’t dip too low anytime soon. They say the parsnips get sweeter after a frost so I guess we can begin to harvest them for next week.

The share for this week will be: Lettuce, peppers, either broccoli or cabbage, potatoes, sweet dumpling squash, salad turnips, choice of arugula or another mustard green, baby bok choy and choice of an herb (parsley, dill or cilantro) Premium share will receive kale.

Enjoy! 
Farmer John


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Holiday Food Drive - Help us provide fresh produce for our local food pantries for the holiday season.

Farm & Fork Society feels strongly about helping out our community and providing food to those who are less fortunate than our members. During our regular season, we support the campaign Generation Zero: Working to Reduce Hunger in New Jersey a program that provides fresh produce from our farmers directly to local food banks. Sadly our season is ending November 14 and therefore our weekly food donations to local food pantries will end.

We are currently starting our 
HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE to purchase both turkeys and storage produce such as potatoes, squashes, and onions that can last throughout the holiday season for our not-for-profit partners: Isaiah HouseInterfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges and Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry.

As you know our food drives are always two-pronged: 
  1. Purchase fresh produce for those in need; Essex County has the highest rate of food scarcity in the state with over 114,000 people.
  2. Help out our local farmer partners. We want them to finish out the season with enough money in the bank to pay the bills in the winter months. This year has been a particularly hard season for local farmers due to lack of sunshine and an abundance of rain.

For those who are new to Farm & Farm Society, you can read more detail about our past fundraisers here and more detail about what we do here.
No donation is too small.  Some ideas below.

$10 = 6 lbs of produce

$25 = 15 pounds of produce

$50 = 22-24 pound turkey

$100 = 60 pounds of produce 
Please use the button below to donate via PayPal. Please note that we are not a registered non-profit therefore your donation is not tax deductible. All money raised will go to purchase turkeys and fresh produce at wholesale prices from Circle Brook Farm, Breezy Hill Orchard, and Goffle Farm.

Another way to donate is to purchase an I 🍎 Local Farmers. Link on left hand side of this website. 


Thank you for your support.  Any questions, please email me at farmandforksociety@gmail.com.

Eat Well,

Melissa

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

This Week's Shares -- Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (Week 19)

Vegetable Share
Lettuce
Radishes
Bok choy
Potatoes
Peppers
Choice of arugula, tatsoi or mizuna
Sweet potatoes
Yellow onions
Choice of parsley or cilantro 
Green cabbage or broccoli
Endive (frissee) (Premium share)

Fruit Share
Most likely Apples & Pears

Eggs

Pasta

Chicken - Full & Half Share

Mushrooms - Full & Half Share
Chicken of the woods
Brown clamshell

Micro Greens - Full & Half Share
Pea Shoots

Cider
1/2 Gallon