A Cooperative Approach to Farming in the Garden State
Farming in central New Jersey is tough. Land is limited and our soils tend to be very heavy. For example, our farm is only 8 acres with clay type soil – which limits the crops we can (or should) grow. Our solution is to take a cooperative approach to farming: working with other local farmers to offer a wide variety of super fresh, nutritious crops.
On our farm, we grow the specialty crops that are hard to find elsewhere and you want harvested same-day. Think heirloom tomatoes, basil, spinach, and garlic. From our farm partners, we bring-in many of the staple, longer-lasting crops that are best grown on more specialized farms. Think potatoes, onions, cabbage, and all fruits. In addition to farms, we also work with several local artisans from our Hopewell Farmers Market to offer other great products.
Why is this so much better?
With traditional farm share programs, the amount of produce you receive can fluctuate immensely week-to-week depending on the farmer’s harvest. One week you might get double what you expected, and the next half. This can be a real headache and, if it’s a bad season, you’ll likely end up paying more money than it was ever worth. At Fairgrown Farm, even if we have a poor harvest, we can work with our partner farms to make sure you receive a consistent amount of excellent produce every week. No more gambling on your farm share!
Similarly, many other farms have a limited variety of crops. Even if they do grow everything you want, it’s unlikely their farm is well-suited to all those crops and many may be low quality. At Fairgrown, we only grow the crops we’re the very best at, and source the others from farmers who are the very best at what they do.
Our Farm Partners
Fairgrown Farm (us): Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, spinach, arugula, lettuce, kale, garlic, scallions, radishes, turnips, carrots, bok choi, kohlrabi, herbs (basil, parsley, etc.).
Solebury Orchards: Apples, pears, and canned goods.
Rancocas Creek Farm: Carrots, rhubarb, mixed greens, squash, melons, onions, potatoes.
Marchese Family Farms: Squash, basil, onions, kale, lettuce.
Cassaday Farms: Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, sweet potatoes, zucchini, cucumber,, melons.
Alstede Farms: Strawberries, peaches.
Rosedale Organic: Blueberries, Blackberries.
Holtzhauser Farms: White and Yellow Peaches, Nectarines.
Sheppard Farms: Asparagus, Zucchini.
Zell’s Farm: Gourmet mushrooms.
Sprouts Flowers: Professionally arranged bouquets.
Roastwell Coffee Roasters: Locally roasted artisan coffees.