The sun is starting to shine, birds are chirping, and much of the snow has melted; it must be spring! At 12:57 pm, today, is the vernal equinox, otherwise known as the first day of spring. And that, my friends, is reason to rejoice. I intend on standing outside just before 1 pm with my arms spread and my head lifted up to the heavens to welcome the new season. I’ll ask spring to be gentle with us for winter was not so kind. Maybe if we all do it at the same time…………you never know.
More good news: The response to our presentation at the farm meeting has been great and continues to grow. Each day brings in new CSA members. Thanks to all those who attended and spread the word.
If you were unable to attend the farm meeting, we have a presentation at the Middle Valley Community Center on Tuesday, the 25th:
Your Table in the Valley Series: Food is Medicine
Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Middle Valley Community Center
359 West Mill Road, Long Valley NY 07853
Open to the public & admission is free
Once again, Dr. Weiss will talk about how food can lead us to better health. His presentation will discuss how plant-based whole foods are the most powerful disease modifying tools available to the medical practitioner, often more effective than drug-based medicine. In this evidence-based presentation, participants will learn how chronic illness is prevented and reversed using these foods. After his presentation I will be talking about the farm and the details of the CSA. We’ll answer any questions you have. Applications will be also be available for CSA membership.
I hope you can join us.
Dr. Weiss and I have scheduled a presentation of Ethos Health CSA for Sunday, March 9th at 2pm at the farm in Long Valley. The 1836 Federal style house with historical preservation status is where we’ll hold the meeting. If we’re not knee-deep in snow, I’ll be happy to tour the farm with those who would like to look around and get a feel for the place. Ron will talk about food and how it heals us and his vision for the farm. I’ll tell you all about the CSA. You’ll be able to sign up for the season, if you’d like. Please pass this along to anyone you think might want to check it out. I think anyone interested in good food and good health will enjoy Dr. Weiss’ talk.
In order to properly plan for the meeting, please let me know if you’ll be attending.
I hope you can make it. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone!
Hello to all my Stone’s Throw Garden friends,
I am so excited to announce my plans for this season and beyond. After 14 years of farming my little patch of heaven here in Lebanon Township, I’ll be moving on to a larger field of heaven in Long Valley. I’m joining forces with Dr. Ron Weiss. He is the owner of a beautiful 342 acre farm that was once a portion of the Scott farm on Route 513.
Dr. Weiss envisions creating a holistic community wellness center that would include his medical practice, an organic CSA, and all manner of classes and presentations revolving around food, cooking, fitness, health, and wellness. It’s called Ethos Health, which refers to the Greek word that is used to describe the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize a community.
Dr. Weiss will open his primary medical practice this spring on the farm. He leads his patients to health through a whole foods, plant-based diet, with remarkable success. I will farm and manage the CSA. I’ll be growing all the delicious, beautiful vegetables you are accustomed to, and many more, including some fruit. We’ll extend our growing season by weeks, thanks in part to a 30 x 100′ hoop house that will go up this spring. The vegetable growing area is a 2 and 1/2 acre plot sitting in a 15 acre field. It’s been farmed organically for the last two years. This year we will apply for organic certification. Did I mention that I’ll have a full-time assistant farmer (yippee!!)?
With some sadness and much joy, I invite you all to the Ethos Health CSA. It will be hard to let go of Stone’s Throw Garden after all these years. I hope to bring the best of it with me to Ethos Health. And for the most part, that means all of you! I’m sure you have lots of questions and there is so much more I’d like to tell you, so Dr. Weiss and I will hold an info session in early March at the farm. He’ll talk about the amazing healing power of foods and I’ll tell you all about the CSA. I’ll let you know when we finalize a date. In the meantime, have a look at the Ethos Health facebook page. www.facebook.com/MyEthosHealth
Hello to all my veggie loving friends,
We are having ourselves a good old fashioned winter, aren’t we? Maybe with this abundant indoor time you’re able to get some good reading done or at least advance a few levels on Candy Crush. Either way, I hope everyone is in good spirits and good health.
Asha Gala,Nutritional Education Trainer
Asha Gala is a Nutritional Education Trainer based here in Lebanon Township, NJ. She is also a longtime Stone’s Throw Garden member and supporter. She has been Mark and I’s friend and Coach in teaching us the wonders of whole plant base foods on our health. She is a fantastic and fascinating person.
Asha is having an open house on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 2 to 4pm at her lovely and large home at 15 Windy Heights Rd, Califon, NJ 07830. She promises to include a free health/nutrition education class and a chance to sample foods. For more info and directions: http://ashagala.com. ” No commitments or fees, just tasty, healthy, whole plant-based foods!”
Mark and I will be there and we hope you will be too. I have an abundance of exciting garden news coming very soon.
It’s time to put the garden to rest for the winter. Today and tomorrow are my final open days. I am open today until 6pm. and on Saturday from 10am. – 3pm.
The greens are still lovely and worth one last trip to the garden.
If I don’t get a chance to say goodbye in person, let me wish you all a cozy, healthy winter . It’s been a real treat to meet so many new people this year and share the bounty of the garden with you. To all of my old friends who have been so supportive for so many years, I can’t thank you enough.
I’d love your comments on this season. Did this new way work for you, or do you prefer the CSA model I used previously? Did you have any favorite veggies? Any areas that need improvement? All comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.
I’ll send a post now and again this winter to let you know how next year’s season is shaping up.
With much gratitude,
We’ll have condensed Fall hours starting this week to reflect the changing garden conditions.
I’ll be open on Thursday and Friday from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.
End of season garden
More seasonal weather is finally working it’s way toward us. The days are getting cooler and the nights are becoming downright cold. It was bound to happen. It’s hard to say how much longer the garden will keep producing, possibly a few more weeks, but things can change very quickly out there once the temperature dips down. I am expecting to have a good amount of assorted salad and cooking greens this week with the possibility of a few other things too.
On Wednesday I will send out my post on what will be available this week.
It’s time to start thinking about soup.
As the end of the season draws near, I would like to give a big shout out to the flowers in the garden, especially the zinnias. They’ve been tirelessly producing beautiful blooms from July onward. The little darlings are growing tired now and I didn’t want them to fade away without acknowledging how their brilliant colors and delightful forms have graced our homes this season.
The greens are still going strong . I’ll have a few Chinese cabbages this week along with all the other greens
Here’s what to expect this week:
Carrots- just a few
Chard, Kale, Collards
Escarole – amazing giant heads
Green beans – lots of them and they are delicious
Peppers- red, green, and hot
Spinach – very limited
Tomatoes – maybe a few pints of cherry tomatoes
Turnips – salad type for fresh eating
Zucchini/squash- they are looking great for this time of year
Flowers – bouquets or cut your own
Hours – Tue. – Fri. 10am-7pm / Sat. 10am-3pm