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Posted 9/19/2017 1:41pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Here is our week 16 update from Farmer John Kreuger of Circle Brook Farm:

Hi Folks,

So you might think that by now things would start to ease up a bit here on the farm and I would have time to write these updates and get them out to the members in a timely manner. But it never really slows down much until November.

We are still busy transplanting fall crops such as lettuce and direct seeding other crops like spinach and radish. We are cleaning up fields that have produced their crop and planting oats and peas as a winter cover crop. And we are preparing ground for planting garlic which goes in the ground in late October and early November. We still have an acre of sweet potatoes to dig and 4 acres of winter squash to bring in.

I recently purchase a greenhouse frame from a local farm that is getting out of the vegetable business. Yesterday we went to pick it up and transport it back to the farm. We had some problems which resulted in me not getting home until 10 pm; tired and hungry! Even as the work involved with this season’s production winds down there is always much to do to prepare for next year.

We have another lovely share for you this week, at least in my (not so) humble opinion! The fabulous Hakurei salad turnips are back. These sweet little roots are great in salad and also delicious cooked. They have wonderful greens which can also be eaten raw in salads or cooked; sautéed or in soups. We are offering them as a choice with radishes (some like it hot!) this time around but they will be featured exclusively in the coming weeks. If you end up with radishes and you’re not a fan, keep in mind that radishes can be cooked as well and lose their bite when prepared in this way.

The share for this week will be: Lettuce, potatoes, peppers, choice of cabbage (Napa, savoy or red) summer squash, eggplant, beans, choice of arugula or tatsoi, yellow onions, salad turnips and choice of dill or cilantro. Premium shares will also include scallions. (Note: Downtown Harvest CSA is a Premium Share CSA)

Enjoy! Farmer John

Posted 9/12/2017 5:10pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Here is our week 15 update from Farmer John Kreuger:

Hello Everyone,

We have another nice share for you this week, including another round of sweet corn.  Last week the corn we sent was Silverqueen, an old standard variety.

This week we are sending an heirloom variety called Luther Hill. This is a variety that is well renowned in the tristate area, with it’s fans known for seeking it out.  It was actually one of the parents that were used in creating the hybrid Silverqueen.  It has rather small ears but boasts excellent flavor without the cloying sweetness of the new supersweet hybrids.  A few groups were shorted their Silverqueen last week and will receive it this time around and the Luther Hill for next week.

Everyone will receive some corn at least twice this season. We have one more planting but it is uncertain how well it will yield.  There is a low incidence of earworm but it is still possible you may find one on the tip of some of your ears.

We are also sending watermelon to most of the groups that have not yet received any.  It is not as sweet as I would have liked, but we have had a bit of a heat/sunshine deficit this season.  We are also buried in beans at present; there will be a lb. for all and extra for premium share members.  The ones with the purple streaking are heirloom varieties- Rattlesnake (green) and Dragon Langerie (yellow).

In case you are overwhelmed by the bean bounty keep in mind that beans are easy to freeze.  They need 1 minute in boiling water or steam to blanch them, then into ice water or running cold tap water to stop the cooking process. Then toss them into a sealable bag and you will have beans to use this winter.  Blanching is important because it destroys enzymes which breakdown vitamins and turn sugars into starch.

We are announcing several opportunities to visit the farm in the coming weeks. The first will be this Sunday 9/17, a farm visit we are hosting in conjunction with Local Harvest to observe National Gleaning week.  Local Harvest is a group that works with local farms to collect their culled and excess produce for distribution to food banks, pantries and soup kitchens.  Gleaners are volunteers who help harvest un-needed produce that would otherwise go to waste in the field.  The event is from 11 am until 4 pm (or as long as folks want to hang out). It will be a potluck barbecue, featuring farm tours, gleaning and maybe some live music.

The share for this week will be: Parsnips, lettuce, eggplant, summer squash, beans, colored peppers, choice of arugula or tatsoi, leeks, fingerling potatoes, choice of cilantro or parsley and sweet corn. Premium shares will get shallots and extra beans. 

(Note: Downtown Harvest CSA is a Premium Share CSA)

Enjoy!  Farmer John

Posted 9/4/2017 9:11pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Week 14 message from Farmer John:

Hi Folks,

Happy Labor Day! I hope you enjoyed it however you spent it! Of course there’s no day off for us here on the farm- the show must go on! My workers don’t mind- they are here to work and earn money to help their families. And I get my vacation time in the winter.

Speaking of winter… it feels like it will be here soon! We have had a few very chilly nights up here in North Jersey. The long rang forecast doesn’t call for frost until sometime in Mid-October; I hope that will be the case. The fall crops are loving it and the warm weather crops are hanging in there (excepting the melons and tomatoes, which were done in by the rain.

A few groups got some sweet corn last week; most of the rest should have some this week. We are still working on getting a watermelon to everyone. That should happen this week or next. We have beautiful beans and beets with greens for you this week. If you haven’t before, try using the tops this week- they are good quality and really nutritious.

We have lots of nice cilantro and a small amount of dill for those who can’t abide the former. Summer squash is on hiatus for now but we have another planting which should start coming in soon (now that we have fenced it off from the deer).

The share for this week will be: lettuce, beets, peppers, eggplant, gold potatoes, beans, choice of chard or kale, eggplant, sweet corn, red onions, choice of dill or cilantro and possibly watermelon. Premium shares will include scallions, cherry tomatoes and endive (frissee).

(Note: Downtown Harvest CSA is a Premium Share CSA)

Enjoy! Farmer John

Posted 8/28/2017 8:53pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Here is our weekly update from Farmer John of Circle Brook Farm:

Hi Folks,

So I have some good news and some bad news; which would you like first?

The bad news you say; well it seems we will have a short melon season. The rain was just too much for these delicate plants- the first planting did not produce a second crop and the second planting is probably not going to produce much of anything. The watermelons are a little hardier and we will be trying to get some to all groups that have not yet received any, over the next 3 weeks or so.

The good news is that we are back in lettuce harvest mode, and should have it in the shares for most of the rest of the season. We are also beginning to pick from the second planting of beans, so beans should be abundant for the next month.

We have reached the midpoint of the season, having completed 12 weeks of deliveries. As we move into the back 12 (that’s like the back 40 in farmer talk or the back nine if you are playing that game with 18 holes) we will be returning gradually to the cool weather crops. We will begin to have more greens and we will soon have broccoli, Napa cabbage and kohlrabi again.

We also have sweet potatoes, parsnips and winter squash to look forward to. We are also waiting on a large planting of Silverqueen sweet corn to mature, so there may be a few ears for you this week and if not than likely the next. Please be aware that some may have a worm at the tip (that’s how you know it’s organic right? Lol).

The share for this week will be: Lettuce, beans, peppers (more ripe, colored ones now!), eggplant, tomatoes, rainbow carrots, red skin potatoes, summer squash, yellow onions and garlic. Maybe watermelon and perhaps sweet corn. Premium shares will have choice of an herb and cherry tomatoes.

(Note: Downtown Harvest CSA is a Premium Share CSA)

Enjoy!! Farmer John

Posted 8/22/2017 11:15am by Jeff Schrimmer.

Here is this week's update from Farmer John Kreuger of Circle Brook Farm:

Hello Everyone,

I am a bit under the weather at present so I will, with apologies, skip the usual complaints about the rain and get right to the part of the update that most of you probably skip to anyway. Lol

The share for this week will be: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, gold potatoes, leeks, summer squash, choice of green or red cabbage, string beans, beets and choice of kale or chard. Premium shares will include cucumbers and parsley. Some groups may receive melons or watermelons and we will be in rotation with these over the next several weeks.

(Note: Downtown Harvest is a Premium Share CSA)

Enjoy! Farmer John

Posted 8/14/2017 10:47pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Hi Folks,

So we begin, as always, with the weather report.

We received a whopping two and a half inches of the wet stuff over a 12 hour period last Friday. Fortunately it fell mostly at night and did not rain on any of my weekend markets. Also fortunate is that we have well drained sandy soil. It was another blow to the already doomed tomato crop and I am a bit worried about the cucurbit crops (squash, melons and cukes of course). So far they look OK but we need some sun and some warmth.

More rain is forecast for tonight and tomorrow; hopefully it won’t be too heavy! In addition to disease worries the wet conditions impede seeding the fall crops and make harvesting potatoes more difficult.

We are temporarily out of lettuce; a result of some bolting in the field as well as a break in our succession planting due to poor germination in the greenhouse. This is fairly typical; it’s hard to grow lettuce during the dog days of summer! Hopefully in a couple of weeks I will be able to say: lettuce begin!

We have more tomatoes than we can possibly pick at the moment (or fit on the truck for that matter). We will do our best to share the abundance with you. We have another nice share for you this week, in spite of the challenges Mother Nature presents.

The share for this week will be: tomatoes , peppers, eggplant, summer squash, red skin potatoes, choice of kale or chard, rainbow carrots, white onions, choice of cherry tomatoes or ground cherries, beans, and either a melon or a watermelon. Premium members will receive choice of an herb and choice of tatsoi or arugula.

(Note: Downtown Harvest CSA is a Premium Share CSA)

Enjoy! Farmer John

Posted 8/14/2017 1:59pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

People who wish to enroll can still do so for a fee of $30.00 per week for the number of weeks remaining until November 15.  Members who also want egg shares can still purchase them for a fee of $5.00 per week for the number of weeks remaining until November 15.

The enrollment section of this website indicates the full 24-week fee, and payment instructions will indicate the same.  However, the appropriate discount will be applied to the account of a new member within 24 hours of enrollment, and an e-mail will be sent to the new member with the amended payment instructions.  

For more information, please contact us at downtownharvestcsajc@gmail.com

 

 

Posted 8/7/2017 7:27pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

And now a word from Farmer John:

Hello Everyone,

So a couple of weeks ago I was at a training with a bunch of my fellow farmers.  Some of them were discussing the wet season we are having and one said “yeah but farmers never complain” and everyone laughed.  It’s true though, we only complain when it rains too much or when it doesn’t rain enough; when it’s too hot or too cold!

I’m sure that some of you are tired of my griping about the rain, but who else will listen if not my members who are impacted by the weather in terms of what they receive in their shares?

No matter what challenges the weather brings we roll with it and do our best to maintain the quality of the crops (and also try to maintain our sense of humor!).  The bottom line is that this year is not going to be good tomato year. We have done our best but most of the crop is succumbing to blight.  We will continue to have tomatoes for a few more weeks but they will not be as abundant and may not be as flavorful as the have been during many previous seasons. Enjoy them while they last!

On a happier note- melon season has begun!  A few late week groups got their first taste last week, but now there are enough for all. We have galia, canary, honey dew, Korean and cantaloupe as well as watermelons. We hope to provide you with a variety over the next month or so.

The share for this week will be: Peppers, eggplant, Yukon gold potatoes, tatsoi, beans, summer squash, slicing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green cabbage, melons and garlic.   Premium shares will get lettuce, leeks, beets and choice of parsley or summer savory.

Enjoy!   Farmer John

Posted 7/31/2017 9:24pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Hi Folks,

 

So the weather this past week was copacetic. Most of the rain that was forecast didn’t materialize and the cool temps were a relief from the heat. I am hopeful that the week to come will develop similarly; as it stands now rain is in the forecast every day from Wednesday until Wednesday next except for Sunday.

We have been working hard to bring in the onion crop. As the top begin to die back and dry, they are susceptible to rot when condition are wet. We bring them into the barns and spread them out on racks to dry and cure. We have a tremendous crop provided we don’t lose too many.  We have some nice red onions for you this week and they will be in many of the shares for the duration of the season.  Next week we are planning on leeks and garlic- an allium double header.

Tomatoes are ripening prolifically although many were sun scalded during the heat wave. This is a consequence of the loss of the lower leaves of the plant due to the blight caused by all the rain.  We will have a few slicers for you this week, with more volume and heirlooms varieties ensuing as the summer progresses.

We ran out of broccoli last week; also a result of heat and too much rain damaging much of the crop. Some groups received red cabbage instead and we will try to compensate for that in the fall.  We are planting tens of thousands of broccoli for the fall as well as cauliflower and other brassicas.

The share for this week will be:  Carrots , peppers, red onions, summer squash, cucumbers, lettuce, Russian banana fingerling potatoes, choice of kale or chard, tomatoes, eggplant, beans or cherry tomatoes, red cabbage(unless you got it last week).  Celery for premium shares.  For extras there are  tomatillos and hot peppers.

(Note: Downtown Harvest CSA is a Premium Share CSA)

Enjoy! Farmer John

Posted 7/25/2017 2:55pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Hi Folks,

 

Well it continues to rain, but at least this round brought us some relief from the heat!  It looks as though the temps will be more moderate this week; the humidity not so much.  So summer is officially in full swing now- the tomatoes have begun to ripen!  While we won’t have enough to distribute this time around, we should by next week.

What we have more of are Sungold cherry tomatoes, so some groups will receive these this week and others the next.  We are also beginning a rotation with the beans, so you should get either the cherry tomatoes or the beans.  Melons are beginning to ripen too, and will likely be in the shares next week.

All this moisture has taken a toll on the beet tops- they get blight and turn brown.  You will be receiving beautiful beets in the share but without the greens.  Greens in general are scarce this time of the season.  We are going to let the kale and chard rest for this week.

The share for this week will be: Broccoli, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, beets, cucumbers, either beans or cherry tomatoes, red skinned potatoes, white onions, and choice of an herb (garlic chives or parsley).  Premium shares will receive an extra lettuce, basil and bok choy.

(Note: Downtown Harvest CSA is a Premium Share CSA)

Enjoy!    Farmer John

Enrollment is still openSeptember 19th, 2017

People who wish to enroll can still do so for a fee of $30.00 per week for the number of weeks remaining until November 15.  Members who also want egg shares can still purchase them for a fee of

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Here is our week 16 update from Farmer John Kreuger of Circle Brook Farm: Hi Folks, So you might think that by now things would start to ease up a bit here on the farm and I would have time to write t

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