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Weekly Farm Updates

Posted 10/20/2020 12:19pm by Katia Lampe.

Hi from Downtown Harvest CSA!

We are still looking for a new location for next year. If you have any contact with a religious space or any community oriented association, please reach out!

The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, October 14th from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry at 8pm.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped at the pickup site and behind the scenes. We could not do this without you. Our volunteers this week will be Patrick and Jessica (5pm to 6.30pm) and Maria C. and Kathleen L. (6:30pm to 8pm)
[We have an opening for volunteering on Oct 28th from 5pm to 6.30pm, if you are willing to help please answer this email.]

Full shares are now being delivered in boxes that cannot leave the pickup site.  Please bring your own bags so you can transfer the contents to them. If you have borrowed a reusable bag from us, we ask that you return it.  If you have received items in plastic containers, please return the containers.  Egg share members should also return their cartons. 

Remember that face coverings are mandatory when picking up as well as maintaining a 6 foot distance from others if they are not in your household. Only one member of your household will be allowed to enter the garage. Regulations from the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services can be viewed here: http://www.downtownharvest.org/blog/39286

We are still accepting new members for produce at prorated fees, but John has asked us not to take any new orders for eggs for the time being.

Sincerely,

Maria, Phil, Katia, Nancy, Jeff, and Pamela

And, here is an update from our farmer, John Krueger:
 

Hi Folks,

The weather continues to be reasonably good for the crops. We had almost two inches of rain and another ¾ of an inch on Friday. We had a light frost Sunday morning. We continue to cover the beans and a few other more delicate crops to protect them from cold nights. We are getting a good harvest from the beans now, so our efforts have paid off. We are still in a complicated rotation with the brassicas and will be adding kohlrabi and the exotic cauliflowers (green, purple, Romanesco) to the mix.

We have a lot of lettuce planted but it is growing slowly, so we will take a week off and allow it to size up. The winter squash of the week is carnival- a colorful one that is similar to acorn and can be prepared in the same way. They make nice decorations until you are ready to consume them. We are doubling up on the root vegetables with parsnips and radishes this week. Carrots are coming next time around. We will also begin to have an abundance of spinach by next week.

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out these past two Sundays. It was a big help to us. I and my workers are grateful for the support. It was also nice to meet some of the members. I believe that most enjoyed the visit and that likely all gained a better appreciation for the hard work it takes to grow and harvest their food. We have one more opportunity scheduled for next Sunday and may add a few more before the end of the season.

The full share for this week will be: Carnival squash, arugula or tatsoi, kale, string beans, parsnips, radishes, sweet potatoes, pie pumpkin and either sweet corn or some Vermont cranbury shell beans, broccoli raab or Swiss chard, a brassica (broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi or green cabbage), and an herb (cilantro, dill or parsley).

Enjoy!

Farmer John

Posted 10/14/2020 10:35am by Katia Lampe.

Hi from Downtown Harvest CSA!

We are still looking for a new location. If you have any contact with a religious space or any community oriented association, please reach out!

The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, October 14th from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry at 8pm.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped at the pickup site and behind the scenes. We could not do this without you. Our volunteers this week will be Nyier A. and Thomas Z. (5pm to 6.30pm) and Mario C. and Mimi H. (6:30pm to 8pm)

Full shares are now being delivered in boxes that cannot leave the pickup site.  Please bring your own bags so you can transfer the contents to them. If you have borrowed a reusable bag from us, we ask that you return it.  If you have received items in plastic containers, please return the containers.  Egg share members should also return their cartons. 

Remember that face coverings are mandatory when picking up as well as maintaining a 6 foot distance from others if they are not in your household. Only one member of your household will be allowed to enter the garage. Regulations from the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services can be viewed here:
http://www.downtownharvest.org/blog/39286

We are still accepting new members for produce at prorated fees, but John has asked us not to take any new orders for eggs for the time being.

Sincerely,

Maria, Phil, Katia, Nancy, Jeff, and Pamela
 
 
And, here is an update from our farmer, John Krueger:
 

Hello Folks,

The weather has been copacetic this past week- one cold night but no frost. We are currently getting some rain, but it is not expected to be excessive. We are still waiting for a large planting of string beans to size up. They are growing very slowly but we should have enough for some groups this week and for the rest by next week. This will be the gasp for the summer vegetables. For the rest of the season we will be depending on tubers, root crops, brassicas, winter squash and the hardy
greens- spinach, chard, and mustard greens like arugula and broccoli raab. It’s soup weather and many of these items are great soup ingredients. If you are unsure what to do with beets, I suggest searching for a hardy borsch recipe which will include cabbage and sometimes potatoes (you can add other greens as well). The beets will come with greens this time, which are edible and very nutritious. If you are not going to use the beets promptly you should cut off the tops so that they do not pull the moisture out of the root. We are also sending some ornamental gourds for your visual pleasure- do not try to cook them!

Thanks to those who came out to lend a hand with the harvest. It was a big help. I hope to meet more of you over the next 2 Sundays.

The full share for this week will be: Lettuce, potatoes, delicata squash, tatsoi, broccoli raab, broccoli or cauliflower or cabbage, bok choy, beets, ornamental gourds, and an herb (parsley, cilantro, or dill).

Bon Appetit!

Farmer John

Posted 10/8/2020 2:10pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Sundays, October 11th , 18th , and 25th.
Volunteer-10 AM and 2 PM.
Farm Tour @ 1 PM.

From Farmer John:

Hi All,

It’s been a challenging year for all of us. Early on in the pandemic I decided that we should plant and grow as much as possible. While the status of the markets and CSA membership was uncertain, I believed that local food production was more important than ever. With unemployment soaring there would be tremendous demand on food banks and pantries which serve the less fortunate among us. If we were unable to sell it we would donate it. Once I was able to get most of my workers in place we forged ahead with our planting. We have a good potato and sweet potato crop and a tremendous crop of winter squash and pumpkins. Unfortunately, I was never able to bring my four Nicaraguan workers up and we are struggling to harvest these crops.

I have been contacted by a few folks offering help and by some interested in visiting the farm. We were unable to host our usual early summer farm visit this season. I know there are many who would like to lend a hand and many more who wish to visit the farm.

For the next 3 weeks we will host volunteer workdays on Sunday @ 10 AM and 2 PM and a farm tour @ 1 PM. Tasks for volunteers will be gathering winter squash, picking beans or possibly help with the potato harvest. We hope you can work for 2 or three hours and enjoy a short farm tour before or after your volunteer shift. We can accommodate quite a few volunteers while maintaining social distancing, since the fields are large and there are various tasks. For the farm tours we will need to limit the numbers a bit.

Please RSVP to me – kruegerjohn@earthlink.net and indicate the time and date you would like to come and whether it will be to volunteer, for the tour or both. If necessary or preferred I can add a farm tour at 9 AM.

Sundays, October 11th , 18th , and 25th
Volunteer-10 AM and 2 PM
Farm Tour @ 1 PM

Take home a pumpkin or some extra winter squash of your choice!

Farmer John

Posted 10/6/2020 12:23pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Hi from Downtown Harvest CSA!


The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, October 7th from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry at 8pm.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped at the pickup site and behind the scenes. We could not do this without you. Our volunteers this week will be Elaine H. and Peggy K. (5pm to 6.30pm) and Petra R. and Mimi H. (6:30pm to 8pm)

Full shares are now being delivered in boxes that cannot leave the pickup site.  Please bring your own bags so you can transfer the contents to them. If you have borrowed a reusable bag from us, we ask that you return it.  If you have received items in plastic containers, please return the containers.  Egg share members should also return their cartons. 

Remember that face coverings are mandatory when picking up as well as maintaining a 6 foot distance from others if they are not in your household. Only one member of your household will be allowed to enter the garage. Regulations from the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services can be viewed here: http://www.downtownharvest.org/blog/39286

We are still accepting new members for produce at prorated fees, but John has asked us not to take any new orders for eggs for the time being.

Sincerely,


Maria, Phil, Katia, Nancy, Jeff, and Pamela

And, here is an update from our farmer, John Krueger:

 

Hello Everyone,


So after three weeks without rain we received a little over three inches last week. We have gone from bone dry to muddy conditions, but at least we have a respite from moving the sprinklers around. Nighttime temperatures have been dropping but we have not had any more frosts. At this point we are covering anything tender and worth saving anytime the forecast calls for temps in the thirties. We have a large planting of beans which have been flowering profusely and are loaded with small pods. They are growing very slowly with the shorter days and cool nights, but we hope to have beans for next week. Unfortunately, the peppers have not fared so well, between the frosts and the ravaging of the deer. I have added peppers to the list of crops which the deer never bothered before but for which they have now developed an appetite. We will be investing another twenty grand in deer fence for next season. The good news is that the sweet corn has managed to fill out some ears despite having virtually no green leaf left. We will be sending it with the tips cut off because the earworms are prevalent.

We have many acres of brassica crops planted and all except the Brussel’s sprouts are starting to head up. We are in a complicated rotation now with broccoli. cauliflower, cabbage, and kale. Most groups have now received Napa cabbage, and many have received cauliflower. We will continue this throughout the remainder of the season until everyone has received an equitable share of these crops. I mentioned broccoli raab last week, and we have a fair amount planted, but it is slow to form it’s bud. We will be rotating it in with the arugula and the tatsoi as it becomes available. We are sending spaghetti squash again this round because we have a lot, and it does not store as well as the other winter squash. Delicata and acorn are coming next.

The full share for this week will be: Lettuce, salad turnips, arugula or tatsoi (or perhaps broccoli raab), potatoes, garlic, spaghetti squash, sweet corn, a brassica vegetable, baby bok choi and cilantro or dill.

Enjoy!

Farmer John

Posted 9/29/2020 10:54pm by Jeff Schrimmer.


The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, September 30th from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry at 8pm.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped at the pickup site and behind the scenes. We could not do this without you. Our volunteers this week will be Michele R. and Emily P. (5pm to 6.30pm) and Kate D. and Sebastian F. (6:30pm to 8pm)

Full shares are now being delivered in boxes that cannot leave the pickup site.  Please bring your own bags so you can transfer the contents to them. If you have borrowed a reusable bag from us, we ask that you return it.  If you have received items in plastic containers, please return the containers.  Egg share members should also return their cartons. 

Remember that face coverings are mandatory when picking up as well as maintaining a 6 foot distance from others if they are not in your household. Only one member of your household will be allowed to enter the garage. Regulations from the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services can be viewed here: http://www.downtownharvest.org/blog/39286

We are still accepting new members for produce at prorated fees, but John has asked us not to take any new orders for eggs for the time being.

Sincerely,


Maria, Phil, Katia, Nancy, Jeff, and Pamela

And, here is an update from our farmer, John Krueger:

Hi Everyone,

Farming can be a very rewarding endeavor- producing high quality food in a sustainable and environmentally conscious manner is important and gratifying. It can also be tremendously heartbreaking.

As last week went by, the extent of the damage from four successive night of frost became apparent. We tried to cover and protect as much as we could of the more sensitive crops, but it is not possible to cover ten or more acres of crops. I estimate the losses to be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Some of this loss is manifest as income loss on crops we would have sold at market- we lost most of our cut flowers for example. Some of the loss is reflected in both market sales losses and what we have available to put in the CSA shares, reducing the value of the shares.

We were expecting to have eggplant for another round of distribution, but it is done for this season. I have been promising sweet corn, but the last four planting were burned so badly by the cold it is uncertain whether the plants can mature the ears. The peppers are still half alive; at least those which we able to cover. The summer squash is over for this year, but we have a tremendous crop of winter squash that we are bringing in presently. We will have a different variety of winter squash in the shares for most of the remaining eight weeks of the season. The sweet potato crop looks very nice and since the vines are 90% killed, we are beginning to dig them (and hope you will too lol). We also have lots of nice greens, brassica crops and root crops which will begin to dominate the shares as we head into the fall. As always, we are working hard for you and doing our best to keep you well fed.

The full share for this week will be: Carrots, lettuce, arugula or tatsoi, lettuce, sweet potatoes, daikon, onions, spinach or broccoli raab, cauliflower or Napa cabbage and cilantro or dill.


Enjoy!

 

Farmer John

Posted 9/22/2020 3:17pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Hi from Downtown Harvest CSA!


The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, September 23rd from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry at 8pm.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped at the pickup site and behind the scenes. We could not do this without you. We need a volunteer for the shift 5pm-6.30pmOur volunteers this week will be Teresa P. (5pm to 6.30pm) and Maris M. and Brittany K. (6:30pm to 8pm)

Full shares are now being delivered in boxes that cannot leave the pickup site.  Please bring your own bags so you can transfer the contents to them. If you have borrowed a reusable bag from us, we ask that you return it.  If you have received items in plastic containers, please return the containers.  Egg share members should also return their cartons. 

Remember that face coverings are mandatory when picking up as well as maintaining a 6 foot distance from others if they are not in your household. Only one member of your household will be allowed to enter the garage. Regulations from the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services can be viewed here: http://www.downtownharvest.org/blog/39286

We are still accepting new members for produce at prorated fees, but John has asked us not to take any new orders for eggs for the time being.

Sincerely,


Maria, Phil, Katia, Nancy, Jeff, and Pamela

And, here is an update from our farmer, John Krueger:

Hi Folks,

So the weather has turned on us again- it has been nearly 2 weeks with no rain and another week to go before any precipitation is predicted. Worse than that we have had frost on a few consecutive nights. The predictions have been for 37-38 degrees and there were no frost warnings. We covered some of the more delicate crops on the first night and then, once we saw the effects, started covering as much as we could. These have been very light frosts but enough to damage the beans, peppers, and squash etc. The eggplants were loaded with small fruit which we were hoping to put in the shares one last time during the next several weeks. I spoke with an eighty year old man this past Saturday who told me he has lived in the area all his life and has never seen frost in September. It simply irrational weather- today is the last day of summer but it feels like winter has already begun! Most of what we have left in the fields is cold hardy so the shares will not be greatly affected.

The share for this week will be: Butternut squash, Napa (Chinese) cabbage, lettuce, radishes, kale, arugula or tatsoi, scallions, spinach or Swiss chard, red fingerling potatoes, and cilantro or dill.

Enjoy!
Farmer John

 

Posted 9/22/2020 3:16pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

Hello Downtown Harvest Members,


The Core team wants to thank each and every one of our members for making this season successful and possible!

We are thankful for that our community could come together to offer ideas and suggestions for the common belief that organic food from our Farmer John is for everyone. Together we solved pick up logistics issues: we made everyone feel safe and confidant as we followed the new mandates from Jersey City Health Department. We terribly missed the little ones who loved to partition out the veggies and the others that liked to pick out the best ones for Mom and Dad. We hope in future seasons that can be reinstated.

Next season is going to be different also: we are actively looking for a new location to function as a pick up spot.

We are losing our OLC Garage pick up site on Sussex Street in the Paulus Hook Neighborhood at the end of November 2020. Now the Core Team is reaching out to all our members for a new pick up spot in a downtown Jersey City neighborhood, either at Hamilton Park, Paulus Hook and or Van Vorst Park and even the Grove Street Farmers market that Farmer John currently delivers to on Monday and Thursday. Any ideas and suggestions will be appreciated.


We are also looking for more core members to help with the day to day,
- Accounting software
- Answer/Manage email from our DTH website including sending out the weekly updates
- Manage Volunteers
- Website development and design


We are grateful to be part of this great community,

Maria, Phil, Katia, Nancy, Jeff, and Pamela

Posted 9/15/2020 2:17pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, September 16th from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry at 8pm.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped at the pickup site and behind the scenes. We could not do this without you. Our volunteers this week will be Elizabeth G. and Aleks J. (5pm to 8pm)

Full shares are now being delivered in boxes that cannot leave the pickup site.  Please bring your own bags so you can transfer the contents to them. If you have borrowed a reusable bag from us, we ask that you return it.  If you have received items in plastic containers, please return the containers.  Egg share members should also return their cartons. 

Remember that face coverings are mandatory when picking up as well as maintaining a 6 foot distance from others if they are not in your household. Only one member of your household will be allowed to enter the garage. Regulations from the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services can be viewed here: http://www.downtownharvest.org/blog/39286

We are still accepting new members for produce at prorated fees, but John has asked us not to take any new orders for eggs for the time being.

Sincerely,


Maria, Phil, Katia, Nancy, Jeff, and Pamela

And, here is an update from our farmer, John Krueger:

Hi All, So, the days are getting shorter and the nights cooler. This begins to slow down the warm weather crops.  We are taking a break from peppers for a week or two to allow the fruit to size up and ripen, so that we can get you another round of colored peppers. We also hope to send eggplant one more time this season- the plants are loaded with fruit but are growing very slowly.  We will have to see how long we can keep the zucchini coming…   As we head into autumn, greens will become more abundant and we will begin to have brassica family crops more consistently. We have lots of broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel’s sprouts planted and they are thriving under these conditions. The sweet potato crop is looking good but needs a few more weeks to size up. More corn is coming soon!

The share for this week will be: Summer squash, beans, lettuce, green cabbage, potatoes, garlic, beets, kale, arugula or tatsoi and cilantro. Enjoy!   Farmer John

Posted 9/8/2020 12:31pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, September 9th from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry at 8pm.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped at the pickup site and behind the scenes. We could not do this without you. Our volunteers this week will be Jenn W. and Scott W., (5pm to 6:30) and Kathleen L. and Scott W. (6:30pm to 8pm)

Full shares are now being delivered in boxes that cannot leave the pickup site.  Please bring your own bags so you can transfer the contents to them. If you have borrowed a reusable bag from us, we ask that you return it.  If you have received items in plastic containers, please return the containers.  Egg share members should also return their cartons. 

Remember that face coverings are mandatory when picking up as well as maintaining a 6 foot distance from others if they are not in your household. Only one member of your household will be allowed to enter the garage. Regulations from the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services can be viewed here: http://www.downtownharvest.org/blog/39286

We are still accepting new members for produce at prorated fees, but John has asked us not to take any new orders for eggs for the time being.

Sincerely,


Maria, Phil, Katia, Nancy, Jeff, and Pamela

And, here is an update from our farmer, John Krueger:

Hi Folks,

I hope you had a pleasant and safe Labor Day weekend. Of course, here on the farm every day is labor day, which I suppose is better than every day being Ground Hog day but not as good as every day being Christmas. We’re working hard for you!

The good news for this week is that we have summer squash and zucchini coming in again. The bad news is that our tomato production has plummeted. We will try to get everyone a few more tomatoes over the next couple of weeks. Melons are also done for the season. If you have not had a watermelon yet. We are beginning the winter squash season this week with the spaghetti kind. Hakurei salad turnips are the root vegetable this time around. These are delicious either raw or cooked and have very nice, edible greens. We have several more plantings of corn to mature, so I expect everyone will get sweet corn twice more this season.

The full share for this week will be: Summer squash, beans, arugula or tatsoi, salad turnips, lettuce, shishito peppers, scallions, fingerling potatoes, cipollini onions, peppers, spaghetti squash and basil.

Enjoy!
Farmer John

 

Posted 9/1/2020 5:54pm by Jeff Schrimmer.

The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, September 2nd from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be picked up by the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry at 8pm.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped at the pickup site and behind the scenes. We could not do this without you. Our volunteers this week will be Emily O. and Sarah G. (5pm to 6:30pm) and Emily O. and Teresa P. (6:30pm to 8pm)

Full shares are now being delivered in boxes that cannot leave the pickup site.  Please bring your own bags so you can transfer the contents to them. If you have borrowed a reusable bag from us, we ask that you return it.  If you have received items in plastic containers, please return the containers.  Egg share members should also return their cartons. 

Remember that face coverings are mandatory when picking up as well as maintaining a 6 foot distance from others if they are not in your household. Only one member of your household will be allowed to enter the garage. Regulations from the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services can be viewed here: http://www.downtownharvest.org/blog/39286

We are still accepting new members for produce at prorated fees, but John has asked us not to take any new orders for eggs for the time being.

Sincerely,


Maria, Phil, Katia, Nancy, Jeff, and Pamela

 

And, here is an update from our farmer, John Krueger:

 

Hi Everyone,

We received .4 inches of rain from the remnants of Laura on Saturday. We may get a little more precipitation tomorrow. Soil moisture is good; seeds are sprouting, and the transplants have taken root. Mostly moderate temperatures are forecast for the week ahead but with some cool nights. Shorter days and cool nights slow down the production of the warm weather crops, such as peppers, eggplant and summer squash. The eggplant production had already dropped off because in extreme heat the plants drop their flowers without forming a fruit. The plants are healthy and loaded with flowers now, but they take longer to mature their fruit and it will be smaller than before. We expect to be able to distribute eggplant one more time, to everyone over the next few weeks. The same is true for the summer squash- the third planting is just beginning to produce. We should have zucchini for you once or twice more before we move into the winter squash. Spaghetti squash is coming soon! We are also working on getting everyone a watermelon over the next several weeks.

The full share for this week will be: Peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, rainbow carrots, radishes, leeks, kale, arugula or tatsoi, basil, and a melon or watermelon.

Enjoy!
Farmer John

Week 20 update from our farmerOctober 20th, 2020

Hi from Downtown Harvest CSA! We are still looking for a new location for next year. If you have any contact with a religious space or any community oriented association, please reach out!The next wee

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Week 18 update from our farmerOctober 14th, 2020

Hi from Downtown Harvest CSA! The next weekly Pickup of the 2020 season will be this Wednesday, October 7th from 5:15pm to 8:00pm at 180 Sussex St. All food that is not picked up by members will be pi

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