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Welcome Spring!

Winter is officially behind us (except for the occasional snowstorm) and we are gearing up to welcome you back to the farm for fresh, nutritious produce. This year is particularly exciting as Valley Crest offers a CSA for the first time! As a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) member, you join the farm in its journey by paying an up-front fee at the start of the season and get to pick up your share of produce all season long! If you enjoy the delicious, naturally-grown produce offered by Valley Crest, you will LOVE being a member of our CSA! To read about the various share sizes and the way our CSA is set up, check out our page about it here: http://www.valleycrestfarmnj.org/community-supported-agriculture/

If a CSA membership is not for you, don’t fret…we have seeds in the greenhouse, growing up into strong, productive plants to sell at our weekly farm stand! We will have all of your favorites from last year in addition to some new varieties! A new row of strawberries will yield some tasty new fruit this year and we are bringing in brand new apple varieties including Braeburn, Gold Rush and some cider varieties.

Kids will have lots of opportunities to learn about farming, participate in harvesting, farm-to-table activities and explore nature in this year’s summer camp- the Farm N’ Nature Retreat! This summer camp gives children ages 8-11 the opportunity to camp, hike, swim, and so much more. Registration is available now!! Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime for your child! Follow this link to register today: http://www.valleycrestfarmnj.org/summer-camp/

Farm Market and PYO Closed

Our farm market and PYO are closed for the 2017 season. Thank you for supporting our nonprofit mission through your purchases. We look forward to seeing you next season! Peaches will be available in July and apples will be ready for picking in late August. While our market is closed, firewood is available for sale… Continue Reading

New FALL HOURS

We are happy to announce our new fall hours! Pick Your Own apples are now open from 9am- 4pm Tuesday- Friday and 10am- 4pm on weekends. Now available for picking: Macintosh, Gala, Courtland, Pioneer Mac and Jona Gold. Our farm market is now open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am- 4pm. We’ll see you on the farm! Continue Reading

McIntosh Apples!

It’s after Labor Day, the leaves are changing (already?), and cool breezes are encouraging us to break out the fall clothes. It might not technically be fall yet but here at the farm, it may as well be! This week, peach picking came to an end and the family- favorite apple, McIntosh (or Mac) came into season.… Continue Reading

Try the Rutgers 250 Tomato Here!

By 1934, 36,000 acres of NJ farmland were dedicated to growing tomatoes, but there was no ideal variety for both manufacture and market. And so the Rutgers Tomato was developed – beautiful in color, abundant in production, and delicious in flavor. The original line of Rutgers tomatoes has since been lost, but derivatives are still… Continue Reading

Tomatoes Are Here!

Nothing screams “Jersey summer” quite like a fresh, delicious tomato. This week at the market our tomatoes will be available for sale. Slicers and beautiful heirloom varieties will be here for you to choose from. These tomatoes will be added to the delicious, sustainably- grown produce you’ve learned to love available every week at the… Continue Reading

Summer Happenings

Excitement is buzzing as much as our bees at Valley Crest! This summer is jam- packed with classes for kids and adults too! Check out our events calendar and sign up for Cookin’ with Peaches (August 4) or any of our other fun programs! Every Wednesday (10am- 6pm) and Saturday (10am- 2pm) our farmer’s market will… Continue Reading

Pick Your Own Raspberries & Sugar Snap Peas today

Pick Your Own Raspberries and Sugar Snap Peas this week and next. The raspberry bushes are loaded with ripe berries and the Sugar Snap Peas are heavy on the vines. You can fill a quart container in a few minutes. There’s a great view from the raspberry area and usually a cooling breeze. For the freshest,… Continue Reading

Grand Opening of Farmer’s Market on July 8!

Join us on Saturday, July 8 from 10am- 2pm to celebrate the launch of our new farmer’s market! This fun- filled, family event features delicious produce grown right here at Valley Crest Farm & Preserve. Shop for natural yoga accessories by designer Lynn S. Cote, poultry and meats by Goat Hill Farm, fruit preserves, local… Continue Reading

Nature Retreat for Little Scouts and Friends

This summer, Valley Crest is offering a retreat for children entering Kindergarten through fifth grade! Each retreat will welcome children to the farm for a week from 9am-2pm. Nature Retreats were created with cub and girl scouts in mind though all children are invited to attend! Each day children will hike, play games, learn about… Continue Reading

Valley Crest Farm & Preserve grows and donates fresh produce to help people in need, maintains its farm and forest for education and recreation, and encourages respect for farms and nature.

Valley Crest Preserve Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

14 Allerton Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833 • 908-238-9696 • info@valleycrestfarmnj.org