Anthony Bracco, owner of Bracco Farms in Pine Island, NY, grows produce that’s organic—never grown from GMO seeds and never gets treated with commercial herbicide or pesticide. Bracco Farms offers farm-fresh fruits and vegetables through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that runs until November 4, 2014, with bi-weekly pickups in Cedar Grove, at the farm in Pine Island, and at the newly-opened Denville Meat Shop.
A great explanation of how CSA shares work is on the farm’s website. And while the season began in early June, it’s not too late to sign up now and receive pro-rated pricing through November 4.
Bracco said, “We have many new varieties of produce this year among them are leeks, three varieties of onions, red choi, radicchio, celery, broccoli and broccoli rabe, red cabbage, purple snow peas, a new variety of sweet corn, yellow and purple string beans, four new varieties of radishes, more varieties of heirloom tomatoes including ‘Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter.’”
“I’m also excited to have five varieties of beets, edible flowers and watermelons – as always started from non-GMO organic seeds,” he noted. “We’re also expanding our herb selection to include chervil, dill and fennel in addition to our basil, cilantro and parsley.”
A typical early-season offering includes peas, kale, arugula, spinach, lettuce, escarole, turnips, parsnips cilantro, basil, dill, parsley, and more. And a typical late-season offering includes tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, corn, onions, carrots, beans, beets, and more.
For more information or to keep up with Bracco Farms all the time, visit the Bracco Farms CSA Page on Facebook.
Looking for something to do with all those radishes? How about pickling them? Check out Chef Jeffrey Orel of Denville Meat Shop’s recipe here. (And there’s another CSA breakdown here, if you want even more details on how it works!)
Veronique Deblois, Food & Wine Chickie: Veronique is a food and wine writer based in Morris County. As the author of the popular blog, Food & Wine Chickie Insider, Veronique shares recipes, wine and restaurant reviews and insight into the travel industry of which she’s a 15-year veteran. Follow Veronique on Twitter or like her Facebook page.