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!Ven, Fiesta!

A few years ago “farm to table” was a new concept. It fell under the same category as whiskey bars and latte foam art. And as much as we love a well-curated whiskey haunt, so too have we come to love “farm to table”. The latter has become a way of life, drawing attention to the importance of organic growing, the ecological havoc wreaked by not eating local, and the true treasures in our own backyards. As a farm, we want “farm to table” to keep its momentum. So the question becomes, how? And with so many small farms popping up, how is our approach unique.

For us the answer lies in Farm Dinners. (Though the concept is the same, we’ve dropped “to table” – the term has lost the shiny new appeal it had in its rollout.) Every farm has its own version, but no two farms are exactly alike. At Cherry Grove Farm, we have a beautiful, peaceful property, just far enough off the beaten path to be “out-of-the-way”, but so close to everything that we could throw a stone to hit it. These dinners provide new eyes through which to see not just our farm, but small farming in general. And since everyone who works here is passionate about what we do (and does cool, related stuff on the side), there’s always a conversation.

Now everyone has an opinion about the type of cuisine for these things, and suggestions run from straight-up local to the Middle East, and with so many talented culinarians 12963407_1140513845989600_2944712135190115925_nin the area, the challenge becomes, not choosing the food, but finding someone who can bring local “farm to table” to exotic cuisine, and transport us, if only for an evening, to another place. Shelley Wiseman is that someone: her locality at Tullamore Farms puts her right in our circle, and she doesn’t just dabble in exotics: she was immersed in Mexican culture, living in Mexico for five years running her own French cooking school. It makes perfect sense for her to kick off our Farm Dinner season with “Fiesta Cinco de Mayo”.

Dinner is on Friday May 6, a day late for the holiday, but never mind. And this early in the season it might still be a bit nippy; we’re not worried ‘bout that, either. I am just so looking forward to her pork pozole, a warm stew for a spring night – and to kicking back in front of a roaring fire after dinner. Can you think of a better way to spend an evening with friends? Neither can I.

Join us here.

Item of the Week: 11/11/12

 

Muirhead’s Award-Winning Green Tomato Mincemeat

 

 

It’s green tomato season—just a little too cold for those stragglers to ripen on the vine. So what can you do with these stubborn nightshades that refuse to grow up? Well, you could bread them and fry them. But, they can also make a delicious sweet treat! That’s why we are featuring Muirhead’s Award Winning Green Tomato Mincemeat as the item of the week! It seems counter-intuitive,  but this mincemeat is not actually made with meat. The ingredients include green tomatoes, apples, raisins, sugar, butter, cider vinegar, and spices. This product can be used in pie fillings, cookies, or even as a delicious pairing with cheese (did someone say fromage blanc??). To make things easy, here is a recipe straight from the jar. Enjoy!

 

MUIRHEAD’S GREEN TOMATO MINCEMEAT BARS

 

Base & Topping:

  • 1 1/3 cups uncooked oatmeal
  • ½ cup all–purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut or chopped nuts
  • ½ cup butter

Filling:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine oatmeal, flour, sugar, and coconut or nuts. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 cup. Press remaining crumbs firmly in bottom of ungreased 8×8 inch pan. Place Muirhead Mincemeat in bowl and warm in microwave for 20 seconds. Spread evenly over crumb bottom. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs and press lightly. Bake for 30–40 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into bars. Serves 16.

Cherry Grove Farm News – Spring 2012

 

Hard to believe, but our “winter break” is almost over. Every winter, during the cows’ last months of pregnancy, we give them and ourselves a break from milking. We spend January and February recouping, reorganizing and even resting a little.  And now is the time to kick into gear…new calves are being born, their moms are giving milk and we are making cheese again…

The first baby girl of the season was born about two weeks ago. Interestingly enough, her mom was the first baby girl of her own season a couple of years ago.  We were touched by the warm welcome she received (51 “likes” on facebook!). The expecting moms congregate in the barn outside the store and if you’re lucky you can even witness a birth.  The babies are in what used to be the goat barn. Come by and say hi!

Samuel Kennedy, Cheese Maker At Cherry Grove Farm

Sam, our cheese maker announced Friday March 9th as The official first day of cheese making. He’ll start with a few wheels at first and as the milk flow increases he’ll be making more and more…

Jersey Calves 2012 At Cherry Grove Farm

Kelly is training the young cows to get milked. If you come around 3:30 pm, there’s a good chance you will see him in action.The rest of the time he is running around birthing and taking care of the calves.

Soon we and the cows will all settle into the rhythm of another busy season on the farm… hope you can come and share this wonderful experience with us!

Thank You!

Winter time is here. All of our fall time classes are over, our grilled cheese weekends are coming to an end, and most importantly our girls (cows) are pregnant and dried off for the winter months. This means as a farm we get the chance to improve on any projects that are in the works and also a perfect time for our cheese makers to get a little time off. Being a part of a seasonal operation that treads lightly on the animals, employees, and the land, shows all of  us here how things should be.

All nine of us, the staff at Cherry grove Farm, would like to take this time to thank all of the girls (cows) that worked so hard all year walking up from the back fields to give us milk twice a day; to our wonderful loyal customers that stop in once a week if not more to support their local farm/farmer; and to our two very hard working cheese makers who hit their goal this year of making 45,000 pounds of handcrafted farmstead cheese for the surrounding areas.

Happy Holidays & Thank You All For Such A Successful Year!

Give The Gift Of Local NJ Cheese

From Our Organic Pastures To Your Holiday Table

Cherry Grove Farm’s Holiday Cheese Plate is as unique as it is delicious. We have hand selected 3 of our favorite farmstead raw milk cheeses totaling 1 lb. in weight  ready to serve 6-8 people.

The cheeses are arranged elegantly on a natural bamboo platter, adorned with dried fruits and optional almonds. Cards with cheese descriptions, a clear wrap and natural green & blue raffia ribbons complement this perfect Holiday treat.
The complimentary disposable bamboo plate is designed for elegant entertaining. Made from 100% organically-grown bamboo, it’s unbleached, food-safe, and will biodegrade within 4-6 months.


Cheese selection includes:
Good Food Award™- finalist Toma
Full Nettle Jack
Havilah
Price: $29.99
Please visit our Farm Store, email the farm (cherrygrovefarm@verizon.net) or call (609) 219-0053 to order. Please give us at least 1 day notice. Payment is required at the time of the order and all orders must be picked up before noon on Saturday, December 24th.
Thank You From All Of Us Here At Cherry Grove Farm


1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens
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