After three weeks on the clean cleanse, changing my skin care, my doctors and my household cleaners, I looked into a way I could bring farm to table to my actual “dinner table.” I read about a lot of different options but what I found was right under my nose. I am sure many of you know about Farm & Fork Society but for those who don’t, OMG!
Farm & Fork Society is called a CSA or Community Supported Agriculture. In basic terms a CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to local farming operations by becoming “shareholders” in a selected farm. A monetary “shareholder pledge” in advance of the season allows the farmer to cover anticipated costs of his or her farm operation and also pays the farmer’s salary. In return, as a CSA member you will receive weekly shares of the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season.
Farm & Fork Society is made up of three local farmers
The orchards at Breezy Hill are sprayed minimally and certified in the Eco Apple and Fair Trade programs. The home farm has been managed exclusively with certified organic materials for 5 years and will certify next year.They consider biodynamic the holy grail and are focused on environmental stewardship and fair labor. The farm grows more than 50 varieties of apples in addition to raspberries, strawberries, cherries, sour cherries, blackberries, blueberries, currants, peaches, plums, pears and cranberries. Breezy Hill also offers a full line of completely homemade fresh fruit pies, baked goods, salsas, chutneys, and fresh apple, pears, and apple raspberry ciders, and, some European style ciders. YUM!!!!!!!
Knoll Crest Farm raises all natural poultry and eggs for generations. Their happy hens are free running and are raised without any antibiotics and hormones. They use ONLY vegetarian feed. Their pasta is made from semolina flour and their own pastured chickens’ eggs.
Starbrite Farm is a diversified, certified organic, vegetable farm. They grow virtually every type of produce that is possible in our climate- from arugula to zucchini. Included in the planting list are many heirloom varieties such as the Rattlesnake pole bean, Costata Romanesco squash, heirloom melons, and many varieties of heirloom tomatoes. They also grow many unique varieties such as Japanese salad turnips, ground cherries (cape gooseberries), white sweet potatoes, sugarsnap peas, multi-colored carrots as well as oakleaf and other types of lettuce you will never find in the supermarket.
Green Mountain Maple Sugar Refinery Company Inc.
Joe Russo, owner of Green Mountain Sugar Refinery Company, used his food engineering background and devised an evaporating system using high pressure steam which he designed and installed personally. This system is refined year after year and makes a beautiful flavored Pure Vermont Maple Syrup. The syrup is amazing!!!
So everything looks amazing, right!!??
How does it work?
First and foremost, the cutoff for this season is April 15th so you need to order stat. It’s actually a great idea to split a share with a friend if you think you will never use everything. You can split a share but it must be done AFTER pickup!
The Farm & Fork Society season runs from June 13 through November 21, 2014. Members pick up their shares on Fridays from the Wells Fargo Parking lot located at the corner of Essex Street and Spring Street in downtown Millburn (Behind Bhakti Barn Yoga).
Pick up times are from 12 PM to 3 PM.