Looking for Organic Produce
in the Montclair, NJ Area?
Here are some options:
Community Supported Agriculture is a program hosted by farms that invite members to buy a weekly “share” of food produced during the growing season. Some CSA’s ask that members work on the farm for a handful of hours, picking beans or ears of corn, for instance. Others have no work requirement. The first CSA in the US started in 1985, and today there are more than 1,000 CSA’s across the US and Canada. A CSA allows consumers access to farm-fresh products at lower-than-retail prices, and farmers gain a reliable market.
The Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm – 41 B Silver Lake Road, Blairstown, New Jersey 07825; (908) 362-7486; http://www.csgatgenesisfarm.com/index.html
A biodynamic farm offering summer and winter shares. Summer shares include organic and biodynamic fruits and vegetables at about $1100. Winter shares include vegetables, root vegetables, cornmeal, and sauerkraut – all grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. At present, the CSG uses approximately 51 acres of land in northwest New Jersey. There are three greenhouses that extend the growing season and provide some fresh salad greens over the winter months. Over 10 acres are in cultivation with vegetables and berries. In addition, there are a 256-tree orchard and hardy kiwi vines. There are several self-organized pick up sites in the area. Pick up is Tuesdays or Fridays. Call the Gardenhouse at (908) 362-7486.
Starbrite Farm – 4 Old Orchard Road, Hardwick, NJ 07825
The Bloomfield-Montclair CSA is in its 9th season. Farmer is John Krueger at Starbrite Farm in Hardwick. The season runs for 22 weeks from June-October with a separate November share. Distribution is on Tuesdays from 2:30-6:30 pm in Montclair. Members bag their own shares–the produce is set up like a farm stand. There is a $20 site fee to cover administrative and distribution costs. Members contribute 3 shifts to help clean up or set up (approximately 30 min). Share price is $512. Contact Enid Melville (973-744-3474, EnidMelville@verizon.net) if you would like more information or have any questions. A weekly assortment of 5-9 varieties of organic produce and a newsletter is included in the share. Starbrite Farm is the only organic grower at the Montclair Farmers Market. The Farmers Market is at the Walnut street train station in Montclair on Saturday mornings.
Honey Brook Organic Farm – 260 Wargo Road, Pennington, NJ 08534; (609) 737-8899; http://www.honeybrookorganicfarm.com
Honey Brook Organic Farm is one of the oldest operating organic farms in New Jersey. Farmer Jim Kinsel established the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in 1991. Individual and Family share holders come to the farm each week to pick up their produce from our farm stand. Most weeks the farm also offers a Pick-Your-Own selection. There is also a boxed share delivery program. There are sites in South Orange, Morristown and Maplewood among others. For the 2007 season, Delivered Boxed Shares were $577. The farm fields are certified organic by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Membership includes monthly newsletters, use of the farm’s picnic grove and special events.
See also the Montclair Community Food Co-op on the next page for their summer CSA’s.
Food Co-op’s and Buying Clubs………………………………………………………………
A Food Co-op is a group of families buying food together and sharing the labor involved to save money and/or to get better products or products normally unavailable in their area. The options listed below buy their produce from organic produce distributors and individual farmers. The produce may be from anywhere in the country and may include international produce as well.
Montclair Community Food Co-op – http://www.montclaircommunityfoodcoop.com
A member-run organic buying club based in Montclair NJ. Started by Holistic Moms Network members (www.holisticmoms.org ). They buy produce from local farmers and from a national organic distributor. A Family Size box of produce is $50 and a Single Size box is $30, for a delivery every other week. Includes two dozen organic pastured eggs. Summer Vegetable and Fruit CSA’s June-November from Hepworth Farms – full share of both $550 for 11 deliveries; eggs available separately. Bulk buying of dried fruit, grains, honey and other items throughout the year.
Purple Dragon Co-op – (973) 429-0391; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.purpledragon.com
Brings members food from lots of small, local growers. A mixed biweekly basket is $44-50 per delivery, depending on where you live and if you are able to do dividing shifts or not. There are no dues or membership fees. Every other week, after the food has been divided, you go to your local pick-up point, get your share, sign the sign-in sheet, and leave your check for next time. One person from a household works one hour every three months, locally, helping to divide the produce. Call for an information packet, which includes the names of the closest group hosts. If we don’t deliver to your area yet, we can help you organize a group. Host families earn a $40 discount every delivery. If you live outside of NY & NJ, we have a training program so you can set up a co-op like ours.
Suburban Organics – http://www.suburbanorganics.com/door/
Brings you a fresh box of organic produce every week, the same day they receive it from their suppliers. The menu of fruits and vegetables changes weekly and is emailed to everyone each week. Each co-op consists of a minimum of 10-12 families; there is no limit on the maximum number of members in a co op. The small box is approximately 15 pounds of produce and must be delivered on a weekly basis. The price of the small is $32. Delivery charge is $2.
Boxed Organics – (973) 233-0209; email@example.com
Offers organic farm fresh and exotic fruits, vegetables and eggs. No pesticides, herbicides or GMOs, just mouth watering food. We look for the best local produce, fair trade produce and good farm practices. Extras such as organic dried fruit, honey, and cider also offered. A Full Share Box contains approximately 12-15 different fruits and vegetables each week depending on seasonal availability and rotation. With each delivery, you receive an e-newsletter containing this week’s delivery, recipes and helpful hints. The cost is $50 a delivery for Full Share (family of 4), $30 for a half share (1-2 adults). No labor from you, just pay and pick up at the Montclair site (delivery option available).
These companies deliver to your door.
See Boxed Organics above.
Urban Organic – http://www.urbanorganic.com
Delivered by truck once a week to the tri-state area between the hours of 2 pm and 10 pm. After you pay a onetime, lifetime membership fee of $25, they will bring you a box of fresh, organic produce each week. Boxes range in price from $25- 55. Original Value Box is $35.00 and contains 15-18 items, suitable for couples or small families. $4 delivery fee to NJ. You can also order groceries a la carte.
Information compiled by The Holistic Moms Network Essex County. The Holistic Moms Network is a non-profit support and education network for moms with an interest in natural, holistic, and alternative health and parenting. We serve moms through our local chapters which strive to create a sense of community and to share experiences and resources among our members. For more information visit us online at