SPARTA, NJ - The NJ Highlands has some of the most beautiful and productive farms in the country.
The First Annual NJ Highlands Community Supported Agriculture or CSA and Community Garden Fair takes place at the Sparta Farmers Market located at the Sparta Middle School from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on March 19.
This Fair will allow you the opportunity to meet local farmers who are offer Community Supported Agriculture shares.
Participating NJ Highlands Farmers will be offering CSA shares to the public. Consumers can purchase a share also called a membership or and in return receive a container of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates a win-win for the consumer and the farmer.
Advantages for consumers:
- Eat delicious, local, ultra-fresh food with all of the vitamin benefits.
- Develop a relationship with your farmer who grows your food and learn exactly how your food is grown.
Advantages for farmers:
- Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow.
- Have an opportunity to develop a relationship who eat the food you grown.
According to Jeanny Race from Race Farms, ''Race Farm is a fourth generation family-run produce farm, with three generations working together now. We grow our own non GMO field plants, and raise a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. In the interest of sustainable farming, we adhere to Integrated Pest Management practices. We are happy to be included in the NJ Highland’s CSA program. We encourage farm visits for those who are interested in seeing how and where, their food is grown.”
Hannelie Rheeder from Churutabis Farm said, “Churtabis Farm is located in northwest New Jersey where we raise chickens broilers, ducks, rabbits, guinea fowl and turkeys. We do not feed our animals any antibiotics or growth hormones. We use natural ingredients including local feed, food and products whenever possible., We believe in the humane treatment our animals. We do not apply any pesticides, herbicides or insecticides on the fields where our animals live.”
“Voodoo Farm is a sustainable chicken farm located in the hills of Northern New Jersey. We believe that ethically treating the animal and the soil leads to delicious, clean, healthy and affordable local food. We specialize in American Bresse chicken as well as traditional meat and egg layer breeds,” said to Cybele Ritterband.
John Krueger from Circle Brook Farm said, “Community Supported Agriculture is a win-win. It gives consumers access to fresh local produce at a reasonable price and an opportunity to directly support local producers. For farmers it provides the upfront financial resources needed to produce crops without relying on loans and interest payments. It also helps to eliminate the uncertainty of whether crops will sell at market and to mitigate the risk the farmer assumes due to unpredictable weather. I would not be a farmer let alone a farm owner today if it were not for the CSA program and my loyal members.”
The NJ Highland’s CSAs are not confined to produce. Some farmers offer the option for shareholders to buy shares of eggs, homemade bread, meat, cheese, fruit, flowers or other farm products along with their veggies.
For details pertaining to the participating farms and their CSA offerings.
Please contact Mitch Morrison for further details.