The Local Harvest

THE LOCAL HARVEST   The Newsletter of Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA, May, 2018 

Opening Day Hard to Predict this Spring – Sherry Dudas

On average, April’s weather was quite chilly making it hard for our transplanted crops to get firmly established and delaying the ripening of our strawberries.  Early May’s weather has been unusual as well; just nine days into the month, and we’re averaging nine degrees above normal.      

This variability is making it hard for us to determine when there will be enough crops ready to harvest for us to open.  Once Opening Day has been set, we will send an email, update the “This Week’s” pages of our website and also update the Veggie Hotline (609-737-8899), so please continue to check those sources.  Opening Day is different every year depending on weather conditions.  When we do open, please give yourself extra time to pick up on your first pick-up day.  If you are picking up at one of our two farms, you may need to orient yourself and give yourself some time to ask questions of the attendant.  Boxed Share members, please know that Boxed Share deliveries start sometime after the farms open for PYO strawberries, usually around the first week in June.  

With the current warm, dry weather we’ve been enjoying, we’ve had a feverish flurry of transplanting and direct seeding of nearly everything from arugula to zucchini. Both the strawberries and blueberries are in bloom.  Our new beekeepers from Igor’s Bees are making sure they are well pollinated by their hard-working honeybees!  Pick-your-own green beans were planted this week, so will be an early crop for us this year.   The greenhouse is also buzzing with activity as staff is now planting later season peppers, mini onions storage onions, scallions, our ever-popular salanova salad mix, head lettuce, kale, fennel and basil.  Lots of activity at the farms, getting ready for a fabulous season!  

Shares Still Available for the 2018 Season! – Sherry Dudas

Applications for all pick-up locations are still being accepted! Please join online today if you haven’t already, by clicking HERE.  Since we are getting close to Opening Day, it would help us if you could join ASAP so we can get you in our database in time for PYO strawberries and herbs!  Please keep in mind that usually the ripening of the strawberries determine when Opening Day will be.  Please also keep in mind that all memberships include PYO crops, so Boxed Share members may harvest PYO strawberries even if the Boxed Share deliveries have not yet begun. 


Please stop by and say hello at the following spring events we’ll be participating in!  


Saturday, May 19 from 10AM-3PM

1124 West Front St, Lincroft NJ 07738

Learn more about how we’ve been farming organically for over 30 years and get some gardening tips from staff of Colonial Nursery, our new Lincroft Boxed Share host (with pick-ups each Wednesday from 3-7pm)! 


Saturday, May 19 from 10AM-4 PM

Main Street, Pennington, NJ 08534

Visit Honey Brook Organic Farm's stand at Pennington Day 2018! to learn about what it means to grow organically, how we use compost & biochar to grow organic produce and find out more about & join our CSA program! We will also be selling our locally-grown certified organic vegetable transplants! Expect a beautiful day filled with fun for the whole family. Local artists, eateries and civic organizations will be participating, as vendors will line Main Street. Performances by local talent, a kid’s zone behind Toll Gate and food trucks in the circle will round out the day!  

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