Vegetables, Eggs, and Meats from Flatbrook Farm

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I first met Amy and Brian Naftal in the summer of 2013. They had just moved to Madison and their daughter was going to start first grade at Central Avenue School, where my son was starting second grade and my daughter was starting kindergarten. After telling them all about how much I felt they would soon love Madison and Central Ave School as much as I do, the conversation turned to other things, including their amazing family farm.

Brian’s family has owned Flatbrook Farm in rural Sussex County for over 35 years.   Their animals are raised in a pasture-based, sustainable method, fed non-GMO feed, and do not receive growth hormones or antibiotics. They offer grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and turkey. They also have a vegetable CSA with a wide variety of vegetables throughout the summer and fall, with a very convenient pick up right here in Madison.

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I am new to the CSA concept, and though I knew what CSA was about, to be honest, I literally just looked up what it actually means – Community Supported Agriculture. Before I jumped in, I had a lot of questions. Would I be home enough in the summer to pick up the vegetables every week? Would I know what to do with the vegetables I wasn’t used to? (I am DEFINITELY not a cook!) Would my kids like the vegetables we received? For these reasons, I have been a “CSA observer” for the past couple of years. I listened to my friends at school pick up talk about the squash soups, roasted kohlrabi, tasty salads, stuffed peppers, and stir fry meals that their kids actually enjoyed. I saw the beautiful photos of each week’s share posted on the Flatbrook Farm Madison CSA Facebook page. I salivated at the recipes and photos CSA members posted on the FB site. The photos not only highlighted the vegetable CSA, but also the delicious Flatbrook Farm meats and eggs. This year, I’m ready to jump into the vegetable CSA. (I need to sign up soon, though, as I know it sells out quickly!)

The vegetable CSA membership runs from May 29-November 13. All produce is non-GMO and free of any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and preservatives. Each share focuses on salad ingredients, herbs, staple cooking vegetables, and a few specialty items per week. It is $700 for 25 weeks ($28 per week). Half shares (every other week) are available for $365. Pick up is right here in Madison on Tuesdays from 2pm-7pm. (Couldn’t get more convenient than that!)

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Here are some items included in the vegetable share, though every week and every year are different:

Spring: lettuce, arugula, radishes, turnips, scallions, sugar snap peas, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, cilantro, dill

Summer: lettuce, carrots, beets, cucumbers, tomato, bell pepper, eggplant, onions, green beans, basil, parsley, garlic, celery, squash

Fall: lettuce, arugula, carrots, beets, radishes, tomato, bell pepper, eggplant, rutabaga, onion, garlic, winter squash, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, leeks

I’m excited to be a part of my first vegetable CSA and try out some of these delicious recipes I’ve been admiring!

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Flatbrook Farm is located at 2 Degroat Road, Sandyston, NJ. For more information about Flatbrook Farm, or their meats, eggs, and vegetables, visit www.flatbrookfarm.com call 973-948-2554, or email flatbrookfarm@flatbrookfarm.com