Local Agriculture Group Offers Vegetables, Fruit and More

Registration available for the Farm & Fork Society’s 2014 season.

Elizabeth Ryan, owner/operator of Breezy Hill Orchard and Knoll Krest Farms in the Hudson Valley. / Photo provided
Elizabeth Ryan, owner/operator of Breezy Hill Orchard and Knoll Krest Farms in the Hudson Valley. / Photo provided

This year marks the seventh season of the local Community Supported Agriculture group formerly called the Millburn-Short Hills CSA. 

The group has changed its name to the Farm & Fork Society to build a sense of community dedicated to supporting local farmers as well as sharing a passion for good, fresh food.  

Serving residents of Millburn-Short Hills, Maplewood, South Orange, Summit, Livingston and other surrounding neighborhoods, the Farm & Fork Society has expanded its offerings to include vegetables, fruit, poultry, pies, pasta and cider. The seasonal produce comes directly from the farmer and pick-up is every Friday from June 13 through November 21 in downtown Millburn.

Short Hills resident Melissa Goldberg, who has been running the CSA for the past 6 years, has partnered with Wendy Mueller of South Orange. Mueller, the mother of two young children, is a Graduate in Culinary Arts from California Culinary Academy/Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, CA and former Kitchen Manager & Private Class Instructor at Ramekins Culinary School & Inn in Sonoma, CA. 

“Wendy’s expertise and passion for the farm-to-table movement and her support of sustainable local farms is invaluable to the Farm & Fork Society," said Melissa Goldberg. "Her enthusiasm and desire to provide our community and local families with the freshest & healthiest food possible will help us grow and serve the area.”

A CSA is a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Members pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm and in return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season. Members also share in the risks of farming. A CSA is invaluable to the farmer, providing him or her with the pre-production working capital necessary for a successful growing season.

Members of the Farm & Fork Society will be once again be supporting Starbrite Farm in Andover; Breezy Hill Orchard in Staatsburg, NY; and Knoll Krest Farm in Clinton Corners, NY. 

Members can purchase vegetable, fruit shares and poultry shares and add on egg, pasta cider and pies shares - each is priced differently. The deadline for a membership is April 15, 2014. There will be opportunities throughout the season for members to purchase organic maple syrup and honey, and other supplemental shares. 

The Farm & Fork Society has a long-term focus and commitment to bringing the best locally grown, sustainable, fruits and vegetables to the families who have become members. For more information or to sign up, visit http://www.farmandforksociety.com

Risa Goldstein February 26, 2014 at 08:48 AM
While this Millburn-Short Hills CSA sounds terrific, I would imagine that those from our community who join will have a reduced need for our own local farmers market, thereby financially harming the dedicated and loyal farmers who have been serving us well for over a decade. I would appreciate any comments on this.
muellersinfrance February 26, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Hi Risa Wendy from the Farm & Fork Society here. The farmers that often participate in CSA's are the same farmers you will see at your local farmer's market. In our case, John Krueger, our vegetable farmer, is at the Montclair Farmers Market every Saturday, and several others in the local area. The benefit of a CSA is that it allows the farmers to maintain their farms and prepare for the next growing season during the off season. Essentially, it is "seed money" that CSA members front to a farmer and in return we receive a share of the next season's harvest. Hope that helps.


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