CSA Means Fresh Fruits and Vegetables All Summer & Fall!
These photos, from our 2014 season, illustrate typical weekly shares, though shares vary each year due to the growing season.
For our seventh season, we are pleased to offer our version of the CSA (community supported agriculture) , Melick’s Town Farm Family Share Program. Due to popular request, we are offering this program to provide families from July through November, 22 weeks of our own fruits and vegetables when they are in bountiful supply at the farm.
New this year is a smaller share size option with similar variety for smaller families or appetites.
Why Melick’s Town Farm Family Share Plan?
What is different about our Family Share Program from many other CSA’s is that as North and Central Jersey’s largest tree fruit grower, you can expect a large part of your weekly bounty will be fruit. Most CSA’s are offered by smaller farms that primarily grow vegetables.
In a CSA, you pre-pay for a share of the season’s harvest. With over 300 acres, a wide range of crops and ten generations of experience in farming, there is little risk that you will not be pleased with our weekly offerings.
As a pre-paying shareholder you will benefit from volume discounts and over the season receive more produce than if you shopped outside the program. Also, if you sign up before the end of April, you will receive valuable coupons for pick your own and other produce purchases.
What to Expect in Your Basket
Our Family Share Plan will start in July when peaches and sweet corn are ready to be picked. During July and August, your share would likely include peaches, corn and perhaps, plums, nectarines, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, lettuce and cucumbers, whatever is in abundant supply at the farm.
Since we grow over 40 acres of peaches and 25 acres of corn, you can reasonably expect that you would receive these each week that they are in season.
In August, tomatoes are also in full swing and we begin to pick the many varieties of our famous heirloom tomatoes.
During September, corn, peaches and tomatoes persist but we also begin to press our fresh premium apple cider and start the fall apple season with Macouns, Empire, Cortland, early Fuji and more.
In October and November we still have many varieties of apples, apple cider, winter squashes and cold hardy vegetables such as brussel sprouts, cabbage and potatoes.
To help you better enjoy your share, we will include some recipes to suggest different ways of enjoying your fruits and veggies.
Some of our favorites are: Gazpacho, Easy Peach Crisp, Tabouli, Cucumber Salad, Salsa, Apple Brown Betty, Squash and Apple Casserole, Pumpkin Pie, Baked Squash and more.
How does it work?
When you register, you chose one location, day, and share size. Then, each week from July through November, pick up your share when and where you have chosen.
Pick locations and dates are as follows:
- Bridgewater Market , 351 Rt. 28 (Monday, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
- Hoboken Farmers' Market , Washington & Newark Street (Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
- Madison Farmers' Market , Waverly Pl. (Thursday, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
- Oldwick Market , 170 Oldwick Rd (Monday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
- Oldwick Market , 170 Oldwick Rd (Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
- Califon Market , 492 Rt 513 (Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
- Basking Ridge, across from the VA hospital, 3281 Valley Road (Wednesday, 3:00 pm– 6:00 pm)
If you are on vacation or otherwise unable to pick up your share, you can arrange to have a friend or neighbor pick and enjoy your bounty. Once per season, shareholders will be permitted to miss a week, then receive two shares the week before or after the missed week. Advanced notice must be given by email to email@example.com.
Original share pricing remains unchanged at $650.00 for the 22 week season ($29.55/week).
This option remains the best value!
NEW! - Reduced share with similar variety for smaller families or appetites is $525 for the 22 week season (23.86/week).
If you sign up for our program before the end of April you will receive a coupon for 10% off pick your own peach and apple picking and three coupons for 10% off the purchase of other Melick’s Town Farm produce, usable any time during the season at our farm markets.
Limited Shares Available, So Sign Up Now!
Use these forms to register your name as soon as possible. Registration is complete when your payment is received.