Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 - New Jersey Organic Farms

2010 was the year that I completely gave up buying conventional supermarket meats and eggs.  All of the farms that I purchase meats from are organic or use organic farming methods and treat the animals humanely.    The best meals begin with fresh, quality ingredients.  Once you make the switch to farm fresh you just can't go back - trust me!  We are lucky to have some really wonderful farms in New Jersey and I keep discovering more all the time!
Merrick Farm      Organic farm, grass-fed beef, CSA     Farmingdale, NJ (Monmouth County)
Griggstown Farm Market,    Poultry, eggs, pies, CSA   Somerset County, NJ
Podere di Melo,    European Style chickens,duck, pastured pork   Lambertville, NJ    Hunterdon County
Simply Grazin    Skillman, NJ  (Somerset County) (meat is available to non- members at Whole Foods stores in NJ, CT, NY)
Cherry Grove Farm,     grass-fed beef,pork, sausage, cheeses and eggs      Lawrenceville, NJ  (Mercer County)
Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse     Artisanal cheeses, breads, grass-fed beef     Milford, NJ  (Humterdon County)

CSA Box from Earthen Harvest, Jackson, NJ  (Ocean County)
2010 was also the year that I joined a CSA for the first time and enjoyed fresh organic vegetables for the entire growing season.  I miss my weekly boxes but recently discovered Suburban Organics which delivers fresh organic produce all year long.  I was very happy with the box that I received and will be ordering again!  
Suburban Organics Small Fruit and Vegetable Box

With all of the snowy weather we've had, I have been craving some nice warm cookies with a cup of tea.  I was inspired to make Snickerdoodles when I saw the recipe listed in's top 10 recipes of 2010 list.  Pretty darn good!    Oh, and the snow total in my town was 36" - quite a bit more than the "over 20" that I guestimated! 

Happy New Year!!!  May everyone have a happy, healthy, prosperous and delicious 2011!


  1. In 2008, I switched to organic meats and eggs. Ocasionally, when I cannot get to my farmer, I supplement but it's been a good change! I haven't done the CSA thing yet. Thinking about it but fussy about what I am in the mood for - as opposed to what I need to cook now.

    30 inches! The last time MN had 30 inches at one time was in 1991 - the Halloween storm. We just had 16 and it snarled everything - in the cities! Meanwhile, looking forward to finding out what's been on your table in 2011! On ward and upward!

  2. Jen, a great blog post. Your post reminds me to continue to make strides in 2011 to purchase and eat locally whenever possible. This past year, purchased a portion of an organic steer, 50 lbs fresh organic chicken
    (absolutely fabulous) and made many weekend trips to the Farmer's market.

    No doubt NJ has beautiful farms ( photos above tell the story).

    Happy New Year to you! Looking forward to enjoying your blog in 2011.


  3. What wonderful places and produces! Those snickerdoodle look delicious.

    Happy New Year!



  4. Wonderful post Jen. I plan on visiting some of these locations. Thanks for the info.

    Have a wonderful 2011!


  5. I wish we had so many fantastic organic farms in my area...I'll stay on the lookout for more though! Happy New Year to you and yours, Jen!

  6. Jen - Thanks for this great round-up. I've been to a few of those places, but need to get to some of the others. We are lucky to have great organic produce and meat in our state.

  7. How come I don't about the Lambertville place w/ the duck and chickens? Well, I do now!
    Going to check it out!
    Thanks Jen!

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  9. Organics in Southern New Jersey Area

    Farm: Vitality Farms

    Organically Fed Pasture Raised Chicken
    Organically Fed Pasture Raised Eggs
    Organically Fed Free Range Pork
    100% Grass Fed Devon Beef