Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Farm Visits and Volunteer Day at Circle Brook Farm -- A Guest Post too!

Acorn Squash
A Visit to Circle Brook Farm
by Farm & Fork Society Member Katy Chapman

We made it to the farm on Saturday and Farmer John put us to good work harvesting acorn squash, which meant picking them, rinsing the dirt off, and drying them with towels before putting them in a big bin for storage.  Now you know why your vegetables look so pristine when they arrive at pick-up! 

The kids also enjoyed wandering the fields looking for odd hybrid squash that had sprouted up here and there. While we worked of course!
The kids cleaning squash
with John

John gave us a quick tour of the barn and let the kids pick out a pumpkin each before we left. The kids enjoyed  learning about the farm and different vegetables. I left with a newfound appreciation for all of the work that goes into farming vegetables. All things considered, the Farm & Fork Society share is a bargain!!

*Now that he owns the farm, John Krueger has change to name of the farm from Starbrite Farm to Circle Brook Farm.

Lots of Acorn Squash
John's dog Lexie --
she likes to eat weeds.

Circle Brook Farm (Starbrite Farm) Fall Event Schedule
John Krueger will two more events at the farm this fall. These will all be opportunities to see the farm, help out a bit and to receive a pumpkin. He hopes many of you will be able to attend. If you are not able to make it out to the farm and would still like to get a pumpkin, you can visit him at one of his markets over the next few weeks. Montclair - Saturdays @ the Walnut St. Train station, 8 am to 2 pm. Hoboken - Tuesdays @ Washington St. and Observer Hwy. 3pm to 7:30 pm. They don't generally carry many pumpkins to Hoboken, so if you wish to pick one up there, please e-mail John Krueger in advance. (kruegerjohn@earthlink.net) Denville - Sundays @ the Upper Bloomfield Ave parking lot, 8:30 am to 1 pm.

Farm Visit, Campfire Singalong
Saturday, October 25 3pm ‘til ?  
This event will be weather permitting. John Krueger will give a short farm tour at 4 pm. You can carve jack o’ lanterns if there is any interest. Everyone will build a large fire at the back of the property. Bring your acoustic instruments and your voices.  Bring your own food and beverages. He will provide apple cider. Take home a pumpkin or two!

Volunteer Day
Sunday October 26, 11 AM
Come out and help prepare the garlic for planting. This will be done inside the barn, so it will be rain or shine. Dress warmly! This will be the last chance to get a pumpkin before Halloween!  If there is interest and the weather permits John will be happy to show folks around the farm in the afternoon.
Please RSVP to directly John if you will be attending either of the volunteer days or the Campfire event. Also anyone willing to come a little earlier for either of the farm visits and help out with parking or other logistics- your assistance would be welcome.   kruegerjohn@earthlink.net

Circle Brook Farm
Directions to Circle Brook Farm
Take I-80 West to Rt. 206 North.  Follow 206 for about 8 miles. Just after passing a Shell station (the 2nd one) you will pass under a tunnel. The next left is High St., you will see a blue sign for County Route 606 and on the left a yellow sign for low bridge ahead. Turn left there, up a steep hill to a traffic light. Go through the light and follow Brighton St. for about 2 miles, it will turn into County 603 and you go down a hill and around a curve. Turn into the driveway at the 2nd and larger yellow house with a red barn on both sides of the street. 141 Brighton Rd. Andover NJ 07821  If you miss the turn on High St. continue through the Boro of Andover and turn left on Brighton Rd, County 603 (Simon and Peters Sport Shop is on the corner). The farm will then be on the left in 1 ½ miles.

Photo Credit
Katy Chapman