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June 28th on the Farm

VCFP has been bustling with growth and movement over the last week. We have been so lucky to have had so many wonderful people stop by for Pick Your Own raspberries and sugar snap peas, our Summer Crew Explorer series, our CSA, and to enjoy our beautiful farm. In between meeting and getting to know our great community — our team has been working hard now that the growing season is in full swing. The last weeks have been full of tending to the massive boom in growth seen on the farm. Our tomatoes alone grew close to six inches in just one week!

Our Farm Director, Butch, and a favorite dedicated volunteer, Gwen, weeding.

Our team planted the second round of green beans, squash, cucumbers, carrots, and basil. We are all so excited to enjoy these delicious summer veggies. In about a week or two the first round will be ready for harvest! In addition to planting more veggies, Peter staked both our tomatoes for CSA and Cherry tomatoes for pick-your-own. Stay tuned for updates regarding when they will be ready!

As we near peach season, the trees are looking incredible. Over the last week, VCFP finished thinning the peach orchard — a very time consuming but necessary endeavor. Peach tree thinning involves removing excess peach fruits from the branches before the peaches are fully developed. This is an important task for the health of the tree. Without thinning the branches can develop too many peaches and will eventually snap under the weight of the fruit. In addition, the tree will expend all of its energy producing fruit rather than form next years peach buds.

Finally, we paid our beautiful dahlias a great deal of attention this week setting up the netting needed to ensure they are able to thrive for this year’s Peach & Dahlia Festival. The festival will be on August 18th and provide many family-friendly activities celebrating a bountiful peach harvest and the beautiful dahlias grown by our Farm Director, Butch. Check out all of our upcoming events here!

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June 18th on the Farm

As most of you know, nice weather means busy days for farmers. Valley Crest has been no exception. After so many steady weeks of rain and wet ground, we were thrilled to have such a beautiful and sunny week to catch up on planting, mowing, and caring for our farm. The addition of our new… Continue Reading

Preparing for a Bountiful Season

Valley Crest Farm & Preserve is ready for summer!  As the spring comes to an end, our farm team is working exceptionally hard to ensure a bountiful harvest this year.  We welcome two new farm staff members, Alex and Sara.  Alex will be working once a week as she learns more about growing and agriculture.… Continue Reading

Valley Crest Announces Retirement of Executive Director

Linda Tesauro, the Executive Director of Valley Crest Farm & Preserve, is leaving her position at the farm after seven years. Linda began her tenure as a part-time employee, assisting the founder to build a resource for the community while promoting environmental sustainability. As time went on, Linda became a full-time member of the staff… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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

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