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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. Sara, a Rutgers graduate, has come on full time with a background in soil science, CSA, and farming.  Sara is also interested in expanding our youth agriculture education programming.  We are all so happy to have these two wonderful ladies and thankful for their time and energy!

This spring also marks our first season working with our new manure spreader. This machine is used to develop healthy soil and provide important nutrients to our crops.  Farm staff is excited to use the spreader as a tool to help us continue to growing our vegetables naturally and without the use of synthetic products.

The farm is in constant change as we move towards warmer weather.  Our peach and apple trees are adorned with LARGE and healthy fruits.  A variety of berries have been planted and are on their way to being ready for an exciting season of Pick- Your- Own.  Finally, our vegetables are growing in, albeit a little slowly, and we are so excited for the first CSA and Farm Market.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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

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

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