Potato Diggers Needed!

We’re planning a big potato harvest this week and we need volunteer diggers. If you can help on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, please contact Megan or call the farm.

Can’t Make Distribution? Please Let Us Know

RedPhoneWe’d like to take a moment to thank you all for joining us this season. Things in the field are looking awesome, and it’s been great meeting and feeding all of you. We hope you are enjoying all of your food! We welcome your feedback! It’s time for us to remind you about some important details that, when attended to, help keep everything running smoothly.  Please take the time and read the following very important information:

Distribution Times: To keep administrative costs at a minimum, we must adhere to our delivery schedule for shares. Therefore we need all members to fit time into your schedules and pick up during the designated distribution hours. Please find a list of distribution times and contact information below.

Advance Notice for Changes to Pick-Up: We are always willing to accommodate your needs as long as we have sufficient time to alter our harvest. To ensure that we have enough food for everyone every week, we require 48 hours notice if you are unable to pick up your share. If you can not notify us 48 hours in advance of your scheduled pick up, we cannot guarantee that there will be a share available for you.

Volunteer Time: Our CSA members have logged almost 300 hours of volunteer time so far this season and have helped us plant a half ton of potatoes, weed your fields, pick berries, and help all of you get your share at distribution. If you have yet to schedule your volunteer time, please take a moment to do so now. On farm volunteering can be scheduled through Megan by e-mail. megan@uppermeadowsfarm.com. Scheduling volunteer hours at your distribution can be completed through the links below.

We custom harvest for each of you at every distribution.  Please keep in mind that communicating your needs in advance helps us all have a more abundant season!

VOLUNTEER INFO

ASHLEY FARM: Please contact Jeff.
ON-FARM PICK-UP: Please use our online sign-up sheet here.
VERONA: Please use our online sign-up sheet here.
HELL’S KITCHEN: Please use our online sign-up sheet here.
SPARTA: Please use our online sign-up sheet here.
PARK SLOPE: Please contact Megan by e-mail.
JERSEY CITY: Please contact Megan by e-mail.

DISTRIBUTION DETAILS

VERONA
WHERE: Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit located at 36 Gould Street, Verona NJ 07044
WHEN: Sundays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
COORDINATOR: Virginia Citrano (Coordinator_Essex_UMF_CSA@uppermeadowsfarm.com)

ON-FARM (MONTAGUE)
WHERE: Upper Meadows Farm located at 12 Pollara Lane, Montague NJ 07827
WHEN: Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
COORDINATOR: Megan Moore ( megan@uppermeadowsfarm.com )

ASHLEY FARM (FLANDERS)
WHERE: Ashley Farm located at 25 Hillside Avenue, Flanders NJ
WHEN: Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
COORDINATOR: Jeff Perry ( Coordinator_Ashleyfarm_UMF_CSA@uppermeadowsfarm.com )

HELL’S KITCHEN (MANHATTAN)
WHERE: Manhattan Plaza Community Market located at W. 43rd Street between 9th and 10th
WHEN: Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
COORDINATOR: Megan Moore ( megan@uppermeadowsfarm.com )

SPARTA
WHERE: 205 Springbrook Trail in the Lake Mohawk section of Sparta NJ
WHEN: Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
COORDINATOR: Chris and Gabriella Arnold ( megan@uppermeadowsfarm.com )

Our Earth Day Potato Party was a HUGE SUCCESS!!

Yesterday, nearly 30 volunteers planted over half an acre of potatoes at Upper Meadows Farm. That’s over 1,200 pounds of seed potatoes! Our youngest volunteer was 14 months old, and our oldest was in his seventies. The sunshine and slight breeze made it a great day to get down and dirty working hard. Everyone had a great time planting the potatoes that we all will be eating in a few short months. Below are a few photos from our first annual Potato Plantin’ Earth Day event.  Thanks to all of our awesome volunteers! Stay tuned for the details on our next big volunteer event in May!  Interested in getting involved volunteering on farm? E-mail Megan@uppermeadowsfarm.com for more info.

Purple Vikings in a Row

Purple Vikings in a Row

Hard at Work.

Hard at Work.

Tater Tots.

Tater Tots.

Bonnie Brings Lunch to the Field.

Bonnie Brings Lunch to the Field.

Making Friends with Butterflies.

Making Friends with Butterflies.

Future Farmer.

Future Farmer.

Afternoon Crew.

Afternoon Crew.

A Call For Volunteers!

UPPER MEADOWS FARM WILL BE MAKING ITS TV DEBUT AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET READY!

Because Upper Meadows Farm is one of the only maple syrup producers in New Jersey, NJN News will be bringing a TV crew to the farm on Tuesday, March 24 to document just how we do it! This is an amazing opportunity to show all of NJ what we’re up to here at the farm, as well as gain some exposure!

Here’s where the volunteers come in: Things are moving along at an awesome pace at the farm! Planting is well under way in the potting shed, and construction on the new market area is moving along briskly!  Because we are so busy getting ready to grow lots of amazing food, we could really use a few extra sets of hands to help us  make sure the farm is looking its best for the shoot next week. We need volunteers this Saturday and Sunday (March 21 and 22) to help us do things like organize, help get a greenhouse righted, and general tidying up around the farm. It’s a great way to get your 4 volunteer hours in early, and help Upper Meadows put its best foot forward this season. It’s also a great way for new members to begin their relationship with the farm by seeing it first hand, and getting their hands dirty! And, you’ll be able to see all of your hard work when the program airs on NJN!

VOLUNTEER INFO:

When: Saturday March 21 and Sunday March 22

Where: Upper Meadows Farm

What: Helping Upper Meadows Farm look its best for our TELEVISION DEBUT!

R.S.V.P: By e-mailing Megan Moore, our volunteer coordinator.

NYC residents please note: There is a Short Line bus  from Port Authority to Milford, Pa., which is just a few minutes from the farm. If you take the 10:00 a.m. bus, a farm staff member will be able to pick you up and bring you to the farm, and drop you back off for the 2:55 p.m. return bus. The schedule is available here under “Pennsylvania Points”.

Seeds And More Seeds–We Start Planting!!

To quote the late George Peppard, ” I love it when a plan comes together!” Megan and Bonnie finished the seed inventory last week. With 257 varieties in hand we are up and running in the greenhouse. So far this season we are up on the timing and making deadlines is seeming to be easy! Bonnie and her brother, Jason Grover, finished the re-glazing of the potting shed on Wednesday and spent Thursday getting  all of the the shelving set. With benches in place, Bonnie is starting to plant. First to go in are the Brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collards, etc.) and aliums (onions, scallions, leeks, etc.).

2006 lettuce flats in the potting house

2006 lettuce flats in the potting house

Next will be the lettuces and escarole. These will be set out in the field around mid to late April. This year I’m pushing the early greens earlier than I ever have since we have had bad luck in the past two years with a freak week of 80ºF weather in May. The strategy is to get them in and under row covers so that they can gain some size before (and if) a heat wave might drive them to seed. Bigger plants are sometimes more bolt resistant early on in the year.  When I first started growing commercially I did all my own transplants. In 1989 I first used a certified organic greenhouse grower called Silver Seed down in Maryland on the eastern shore. Jay Martin, the grower, devised a really neat hand-held wand that he used with a vacuum to plant into the plant flats rather than using one of the big commercial deck type units that cost thousands.

2006onions, parsley, cilantro in the potting house

2006 onions, parsley, cilantro in the potting house

I just found the same seeder for sale and picked up one for 72 cell trays and one for 128 cell trays; the two most common sizes I use. I started doing all my own transplants in 2007 again because shipping was just too expensive. This year we are planting over 300 flats and these new seed wands will save days of labor!!

Planting is a critical chore and one of the most rewarding when the seeds sprout and start to grow.  IF you are interested in helping, keep in mind that Volunteers are welcome! Contact Megan to schedule a visit.

Welcome Megan Moore!

 

Welcome Megan Moore

Welcome Megan Moore

Help me welcome Megan Moore.  Megan started working as our new Volunteer Coordinator last Friday the 13th.  You might think that was an inauspicious date to begin work, but Megan showed up with a can-do attitude and enough energy for several people. As well, while we work on developing our NYC core group Megan will serve as our interim Hell’s Kitchen distribution group coordinator.  Megan comes to us from  the Ohio Campaign for Change for candidate Obama, where she was the Volunteer Coordinator from September to November 2008.  Experiencing the tremendous value of community development first hand, Megan decided that working to build our  CSA meets this life goal. “It was totally exciting helping people realize that they could be involved and have a positive impact.   I want to help people learn how they can connect with an organic farm and instill a meaningful relationship through building community.” Megan graduated NYU with a degree in English and American Literature. While at NYU she was the Student Liaison for Sustainable Dining where her duties included consulting  regarding sustainable food options and waste management in NYU’s largest dining hall.    Her first day on farm Megan rolled up her sleeves to help with livestock chores in addition to her office duties. Leaving for the day she rated her first day on farm as “AWESOME”!  

Please email Megan at Volunteer or call  973-293-8171 to schedule a visit. Be sure to leave a message if we are out of the office and in the field!