Join The Ralston Farm 2015 CSA Online!

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http://ralstonfarmllc.csasignup.com/

Here are the full details for the 2015 CSA:

This year’s CSA will run from the beginning of June to Thanksgiving.

Both Full and Half Shares are available.  Our shares contain 8-10 different kinds of vegetables each pick up.  We offer every member the same-sized share with a range of options for on-farm pick up.  Full shares pick up every week and Half shares pick up every other week.    If you are new to CSA or don’t think you’ll cook at home a lot, the Half Share is a great option, giving you more flexibility with how and when to use your produce.  All CSA members have access to our U-Pick, where members can pick their own flowers, herbs and cherry tomatoes.

10616965_649966325111569_1995754453_nWe grow a diverse, interesting range of vegetables and varieties, and after four seasons growing on our small plot, have learned a lot about which crops thrive in our local environment and have a sustainable market in our local community.  The main focus of our farm is growing for our CSA members, and we also work with local restaurants, bringing a culinary aspect to our farming – we like to grow produce that is interesting, attractive and tastes good!

Many CSA members tell us how they look forward to pick up each week and are always interested to learn about new produce varieties and exchange recipe ideas at CSA pick up.  Our shares also include a weekly e-mail with updates from the farm, recipes and cooking tips for new produce.  In addition to your share of produce, our CSA includes access to the U-Pick section, which is a popular part of the farm for members to pick their own flowers, herbs, cherry tomatoes and other produce.  This year we also hope to offer more value-added products like pesto, dried herbs and teas and possibly even our own baked goods!

Ralston Fam CSA 2015 (June-Nov)

Full Shares – $725 for 26 weeks of produce

Half Shares – $365 for 13 weeks of produce (picks up every other week)

On farm pick up in Hopewell or Mendham:

2-6 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays

10 AM – Noon on Saturdays

These days of the week help us tremendously with balancing the weekly harvest and distributing produce most evenly.  We do our absolute best to have your shares prepared and arranged on-time for pick-up.  Please make sure you come pick up during your scheduled pick up time and don’t hesitate to contact us if you are running late or won’t be able to make it.  Or maybe send a family member or friend in your place.  We are happy to set aside your share for a later pick up, and is much preferred to having a “no show” on pick up day.  It is our responsibility to grow the produce in your share and do our best to present it in the freshest way possible, it’s your responsibility to come to the farm, pick it up and enjoy eating it! Please do not hesitate to contact me about working out a payment schedule.  As always, we are happy to work out a schedule for those families that may need to pay for their share over time.

We will no longer be opening the weekend Farm Stand regularly on weekends this summer and hope that many of you are interested in joining the CSA.  We believe that our CSA is the core of our farm business, so we hope that you will join us in being committed to the farm’s success. This is Ralston Farm’s fifth season!  Your young farmer will strive to provide high quality produce grown using only organic techniques learned from over 8 years of working on farms.  Under no circumstance will Ralston Farm ever buy-in produce from other farms or use any chemicals.

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An example share from 2014 Spring/Early Summer:

2 lb Zucchini (Costata Romanesca and yellow summer squash)

1 lb Cucumbers (slicing, pickling and Thai heirloom)

1 lb Beet Greens/Chard mix

I bunch Carrots or Beets

1 bunch Tropea Onions (fresh red onions, use like shallots)

1 bunch Kale (Lacinato or Curly)

1 lb Lettuce

U-Pick – Sugar Snap Peas, Lemon Basil, Chives, Oregano

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An example share from mid-Summer:

4-5 lbs Heirloom Tomatoes

3 Musk Melons (very similar to cantaloupe)

1 lb Cucumbers

1 bunch Chard or 1 lb mixed Kale

1 head Lettuce

3 Sweet Peppers

1 lb Onions

2 lb Carrots

U-Pick – Flower Bouquet, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley, Cherry Tomatoes, basil, beans, other herbs

10725031_1498796130371849_278008041_n2014 Thanksgiving share:

6-7 lbs Winter Squash

8 lbs Mixed Roots – Turnips, Beets, Radishes or Parsnips

4 lb Mixed Greens – Chard, Lettuce or Spinach

2 heads Baby Bok Choi

1 bunch Kale or Mustard Greens

3 Onions

2 heads Garlic

Dried Hot Peppers and other herbs

IMG_4226With this cold snap we’ve finally gotten a chance to catch our breath. What wild weather we see each year!

– Thanks to all of our customers for a great season –

In early 2015 we’ll be offering our farm products, produce and heritage-breed, pasture raised pork from our partnership with Pleasant Valley Mills Farm, so please stay connected via our e-mail list by contacting bennett.haynes@gmail.com

This winter you’ll be able to find our produce on the menu at Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen in Morristown, so please tell them you’re a Ralston Farm customer or CSA member when you stop in.

Hi Folks!

Our Farm Stand is now open Saturdays from 10 AM – 1 PM

We’ll be offering heirloom tomatoes and other summer favorites, so stop on by!

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Thanks to Megan Van Dyk for reporting on our new partnership with Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen!

Construction at at Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen heats up

Here’s a sneak peak of what we look forward to at Jockey Hollow…Ralston Farm pork kidneys served with Cotechino and Cannellini beans

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We hope to offer new “Farm-to-Restaurant” CSA shares at Jockey Hollow in Morristown and Arturo’s Osteria in Maplewood this season.  More info will be available when we have ironed out details

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Happy holidays from Ralston Farm! 
Hope you’ve been enjoying our wintry weather – We are now offering the Home Cookin’ for the Holidays Share!

We still have lots of nice roots in the ground and even some nice greens (as long as some of this snow melts and we can harvest them!)

The “Home for the Holidays Share” will be our last produce offering for the 2013 season –

Please reserve your share as soon as possible – we look forward to hearing from you!

Please expect a bulk selection (10 lbs total) of roots – including carrots, beets, rutabaga, celeriac, leeks and (hopefully!) kale, spinach, chard or mustard greens –
If we are able to harvest enough greens for 1 lb for everyone, the share will be $35 – it all depends on the weather!

If not, the share will be $30 and any available greens will be for sale in addition to the share at pick up.

Pick-up will be inside the farm greenhouse on:

Friday, December 20 or Saturday, December 21st

Between 12 PM – 6 PM

Please reply to this email by Tuesday December 17 to let me know which day you plan on picking up your share –

Payment will be made at pick up – we accept cash or checks to Ralston Farm, LLC
 
Bacon and sausage will be for sale at pick up – Limited quantities available – all pork is $10/lb

Eggs will also be available in limited quantities (many of the ladies are taking a little winter vacation from laying right now)

We will also have some great little holiday gifts for sale, including:
Candied Ginger Tins
Lemon Verbena Tea
Dried Hot Peppers and Chili Flakes

 

Ralston Nurseries will also have U- Cut Christmas Trees for Sale this weekend and next weekend.  Cut a tree in our summer chicken pasture and help clear the field for more vegetables! 

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Looking for fresh, local food? 

Stop by our Farm Stand!  We are open most Saturdays from 10 AM to 6 PM during the summer.

To receive updates on what will be available at the Farm Stand, please join our e-mail list by contacting bennett.haynes@gmail.com or call 908 334 8018

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It’s been a while since we last posted here on the blog – guess it’s been a busy season!  For more regular updates, please join our e-mail list by contacting: bennett.haynes@gmail.com or liking our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ralstonfarm

The 2012 season saw a lot of growth – we’ve expanded our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to 65 members, regularly sell produce to Arturo’s Osteria in Maplewood and Rob’s Bistro in Madison, and have kept our Farm Stand open into this winter.  We even got to sell our produce at the Chatham Farmers Market this November.

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Through the winter months, we will continue selling produce, meat and eggs on Saturdays at our Farm Stand.  Please look for our woodland-raised pork this January.

Next Saturday, December 22, please stop in for a selection of mustard greens, kale, carrots, parsnips, garlic and other winter crops – sure to make your holiday meals much more tasty!

 

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