Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Get Your Grill On...

River Bend Farm

Just in time for the Fourth of July Weekend, the Farm & Fork Society has teamed again with River Bend Farm to provide a mix of BBQ favorites!

BBQ Grill Pack includes 16 (6oz) Angus Beef Burgers, 16 (2oz) Angus Beef Franks (no nitrate cure), 12 (3oz) JalapeƱo and Cheddar Beef Franks (regular cure), 4 (4oz) Berkshire Pork Sweet Italian Sausages, 4 (4oz) Berkshire Pork Spicy Sausages (Chorizo or Hot Italian) $99. Quantities are limited and will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis.

Also Available are the Angus Beef Sampler which includes 40 pounds of beef: 1/3 steaks that may consist of Rib-eye, T-Bone, Porterhouse, Sirloin, Tenderloin and Ranch (Chuck), 1/3 Roasts that may consist of Chuck, Rump, Round, & London Broil and 1/3 Ground Beef. (Reg. $425 - Farm & Fork Society $382.50) and the Berkshire Pork Sampler which includes 35 pounds of pork that may consist of ham, ham steaks, chops, spare-ribs, bacon, 3 kinds of sausages and a pork shoulder. There will be no Scrapple in the Pork Sampler. (Reg. $275 - Farm & Fork Society $247.50)

Orders must be received no later than June 12, 2015. Please refer to the order form for details. Click here to download.

Pick up will be at the Farm & Fork Society’s Millburn location on June 26th between 12pm and 3pm. 

Green Mountain Maple Sugar Refining Company

You can still order products from Green Mountain Maple Sugar Refining Company including Maple Syrup (4 grades), Maple Cream, Maple Vinegar, Maple Candy, Honey, Creamed Honey and Vanilla Extract. All products are organic, GMO free and Kosher. All maple products are made at the Farm in Belvidere Center, VT. All honey is made from bees raised on Lake Champlain in Alburgh, VT. Products will be delivered in late July. Click here to download order form.

Farm & Fork Society Car Magnet

Show your support for our Farm & Fork Society community by proudly displaying your membership with a car magnet! New Farm & Fork Society magnets are now available for $3 each. You can email us if you want one prior to the first pick-up.

Volunteer Sign Up has Begun!

Our volunteer coordinator, Nino, has been hard at work setting up the 2015 volunteer schedule. For all those who have already signed up for this season, you should have received an email from Nino via Volunteer Spot to sign up for your volunteer shift. If you have not, please email her at volunteerffs@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Circle Brook Farm Event Schedule

(2014 Farm Visit)
Farm Visit
June 13th and 14th - 11:00 AM
Saturday 6/13 will be the main day for members with Sunday as a rain date and for anyone who cannot make it on Saturday. This will be a potluck picnic, please bring a vegetarian dish to share with others. Grills will be available for anything you wish to bring to cook. There will be tours of the fields at 11:30 AM and 2 PM. There is a u-pick strawberry farm just north on Rt. 206 if anyone would like pick strawberries for themselves before or after the event. Volunteers are welcome to help with set up, parking and to pick strawberries for a shortcake desert. A state park, Kittatinny Valley, is nearby with wonderful trails and camp sites available. Folks are also welcome to pitch a tent in our back hay field if they would like to 'rough it'. If there is interest, John will build a campfire in the evening and host a sing along. More details will be provided as the date approaches.

Work Parties and Volunteer Days
(2014 Farm Visit)
John knows there are many people who would like to come out to lend a hand and he certainly can use the help. He will have 2 work parties in the spring, before deliveries begin. These will be major events when he will need as many hands as possible to assist in covering his 2 high tunnel greenhouses. On Sundays during the delivery season he will have volunteer days. These will be to help with harvesting labor intensive crops like peas, beans, garlic and onions. For these volunteer days members should notify him directly by e-mail of their intention to attend. Please send John an e-mail during the week prior to the event and not weeks or months ahead (kruegerjohn@earthlink.net)

Work Parties
Sunday, May 17, 10:00 AM
Work Party at Good Hand Farm (this is a farm that John rents next to his) to cover High tunnel greenhouse #1. Members should meet at his house located at 141 Brighton Rd. Andover, NJ 07821

If you arrive late, we will be working down the street at 110 Brighton Rd. You will see the greenhouse inside the deer fence, on the north side of the barn. Please do not enter the paved driveway between the house and the barn. Bring gloves!

Saturday, May 23, 10:00 AM
2nd Work party at Good Hand Farm to cover high tunnel greenhouse #2. See info above. Bring gloves!

Volunteer Days
Sundays at 10 AM: Meet at 141 Brighton Rd., Andover, NJ

(2014 Farm Visit)
Sunday, June 21 and July 5, 10 AM- Help with pea picking. 

Sunday, July 12, 10 AM - Help with the garlic harvest.

Sunday, July 19 and July 27, 10 AM - Help with bean picking.

Sunday, August 2, 10 AM - Help with onion harvest.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Letter from John Krueger

Each week for the entire season, John Krueger of Circle Brook Farm (our vegetable farmer) gives us an update of what is happening on his farm and what to expect in the weekly share. This is his first letter of the season. We post every Monday and those who suscribe to the blog receive in on Tuesday. 

If you are a member and have not signed up to get our blog posts it is extremely important that you do. On the lefthand side of this website submit your email address in the space provided where it says “FOLLOW BY EMAIL.” You will then get a window that will open which will read “Email Subscription Request.” Follow the instructions on the request. You will receive a verification message in your email box. You must respond to the message to activate your subscription to the “Farm & Fork Society.” (If you did this last season, there is not need to resubscribe.)

Why is it important to subscribe? All your weekly share contents will be posted on the site. You will not receive any other emails from us during the season unless it is a last minute change or piece of pressing information. If you follow the site by email, then you will automatically get an email of the posted information and when we post it.

Hello Folks, 

Welcome to the 2015 Circle Brook Farm CSA season! As you may have noticed it was another long hard winter! We have been busy in the greenhouse since the ides of March, but were not able to start working the ground until Mid-April. April 23 was the first day of work for many of my field crew and it was an overcast, blustery one with intermittent snow flurries all day. I’m sure they were wishing they could have remained in their tropical climate a bit longer. Since then the weather has gotten nice; unfortunately “nice” for most people is not always the best for farming. We have had virtually no rain for the past 3 weeks. We count on spring rains to germinate the seeds and water in the transplants. So now along with everything else we need to do to get caught up on our planting, we are moving the sprinkler system 4 or 5 times per day. But we are accustomed to uncooperative weather and we do what we must. We have been working 12 hour days and 7 day weeks and are essentially caught up on the spring crop planting and ready to launch into planting the warm weather crops. This is appropriate since it hit 86 degrees here today, and if you can endure one more gripe- our 2 weeks of spring is apparently over.

By now some of you are probably getting anxious and wondering what this means to you and what you will receive in your share. If you are a CSA veteran you already know that despite perennial adverse weather we always persevere and manage to produce copious quantities of veggies for your dining pleasure. For the neophytes out there I can only ask that you have patience and some faith. The early season shares are always a bit smaller and this year they will be thinner than last year. We will likely not have peas or spinach until the second delivery. But we are ready to plant tomatoes and summer squash this week, right on schedule, and many of the early season crops are only a week or 2 behind schedule (and they grow faster as the soil warms and the days get longer). I expect we will quickly get up to speed and make up for a slow start. And I, in my role as eternal optimist will choose to believe that 2016 will be the year when we have perfect weather for farming, since it is already apparent that it will not be the case this season. 

 Farmer John