Monday, February 11, 2019

2019 Season, Details and Early Bird Pricing

It is that time of year again! Time to sign up for Farm & Fork Society, our 12th Season!

Here are some highlights and changes for 2019. Full Share details can be found in the "Shares Offered" section.

- Season Dates: June 12 to November 20
- Pick up Day, Time, Location: Wednesdays, 12-3 PM, Downtown Millburn

- Evening Pick Up Location: I am working on evening pick up location for working families. If you would like to join but cannot pick up during the day, please email me at and I will put you on an evening pick up list.

- Early Bird Pricing Before March 1: Early bird pricing is available for Vegetable and Fruit. The March 1 deadline is firm. No exceptions. 
- Payment: PayPal (3% service fee) Check, Venmo, ApplePay
- Vegetable Share: Two sizes available -- Basic and Premium. Full details are on the website.

NEW Vegetable Half Pre-Bagged Premium Share: For those who don't have time to selected all their produce and want to grab and go, you can purchase a pre-bagged premium half share.  Items will be the same as the Premium share but half the amount.

NEW Fruit Share: Fruit share will be 22 weeks starting June 19th through November 13th from Hepworth Farms.  

NEW Poultry Shares: Gladstone Poultry Farm (part of River Bend Farm) will be supplying fresh, free-range, GMO, antibiotic and hormone free chicken. There is a variety of share options including whole chickens and pieces. Poulty shares will on be every other week. Details on in "Shares Offered Section."

River Bend Farm Meat Shares: I am finalizing details on a monthly meat share (beef, pork, lamb, chicken) -- similar to a Winter Shares.

Riverbend Farm Biweekly Retail Orders: Members will be able to order meat every other week from River Bend Farm to be picked up with your shares.   
- Weekly Add-Ons: I will once again offer weekly add-ons to our members including bread, eggs, pastries and other products from local farmers and purveyors.
- Food Pantry Donations: I continue to raise money to purchase shares for our local food pantries; Our Lady of Sorrows, Interfaith Food Pantry, MEND food pantries and Isaiah House. I am currently working on making it a registered 501c3 to reach more people, help more farmers and feed more people. Details soon.

Share Buy Backs: For potential members concerned about summer vacations and missing shares, this year I am exploring buying back weekly shares from members and donating them to our food bank partners using the proceeds of our fundraisers.  

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Book to Plate: Pies in Literature, A Community Pie Contest

Join The Book House, Farm & Fork Society, and Eva Lesko Natiello author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, “The Memory Box” to celebrate National Pie Month on Sunday, February, 24, 3 PM - 5 PM at The Book House located at 281 Millburn Ave, Millburn.

All amateur bakers are encouraged to submit their best pie to be judged by local dignitaries, business owners and residents. The panel includes Deputy Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg, professional pastry chef Michelle Retik from Squirrel and the Bee, real estate agent Joanna Parker-Lentz of The Jodi & Joanna Group and Eva Lesko Natiello, author of “The Memory Box.” Pies will be judged on three categories: crust, filling, and appearance. Extra consideration will be given to pies inspired by a literary work.

Prior to judging, Eva Lesko Natiello will read from her novel, talk about the symbolism of pies in literature, and sign copies of her best selling book. To preorder “The Memory Box,” email The Book House at

"A pie is not just a pie. At least not in literature,” says Eva Lesko Natiello. “With all its possible fillings, crusts, smells and tastes, the pie in your favorite book may not be dessert, alone. It's often a literary device symbolizing a theme, like resilience or hope. It's interesting to see when pie is used as a foil for darker messages of greed or revenge, which we don't notice until it's too late!"

The event is free to the public but registration is required to enter the contest. To register and review contest rules, go to For a list of suggested books with pies, visit the event page on the The Book House’s website.

“Pies in Literature” is the first pie contest in Millburn in almost a decade. The event is part of the Book to Plate Series started by Farm & Fork Society at The Book House. Book to Plate is a monthly series that brings you amazing food, authors, and books, all in one place. Join the company of like-minded friends who value the health of their body, mind, and environment. Past Book to Plate events include “The Farm Cooking School Cookbook: A Case for Seasonal Eating,” “Clean Cocktails: Righteous Recipes for the Modern Mixologist,” “Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking & Coping,” “Naturally Sweet Food in Jars,” and “Food in The City.”


Great prizes!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Book to Plate: Food and The City, Thursday, January 17, 6:30 PM

Meet author Ina Yalof, Food and The City, a fascinating oral history from an unforgettable gallery of New Yorkers who embody the city's culinary heart and soul. The book focuses on the country’s most food-crazed metropolis, New York, with an eye toward eliciting the stories of the people who fuel it.
Food and The City is full of delicious insights, inspiring stories, and singular anecdotes that together paint a vibrant picture of metropolitan food culture. 

Yalof will read an excerpt of her book and talk about her amazing interviews with such New York greats as Dominique Ansel who explains what great good fortune led him to make the first Cronut and David Fox, third generation owner of Fox's U-Bet syrup. 

Guest will get to munch on goodies from some of the food purveyors in the book such the classic New York (Fox's U-Bet) Egg Cream, the crowd feeding Rikers Island Carrot Cake, the infamous donut-croissant hybrid,  the CRONUT from Dominique Ansel Bakery & Levain Bakery's famous cookies!

Food and The City has been praised by New York best chefs including Daniel Boulud and Marcus Samuelsson.

About Book To Plate: Farm & Fork Society and The Book House have teamed up to present Book to Plate, an evening series like no other. Guests are invited to meet cookbook authors and sample a selection of their recipes, made from locally grown produce. These are one of a kind events, planned monthly, to bring you amazing produce, authors, and books, all in one place. Join the company of like-minded friends who value the health of their body, mind, and environment.

The Book House is located at 281 Essex Street in Millburn.

Tickets are $30 for Book & Event.  $10 for Event Only. There are a limited amount of books available!