Friday, April 19, 2024

Genesis Farm’s CSG had Valentine’s Pop-Up Market Featured Fresh Organic Produce in the Middle of Winter

A peek inside of winter-hardy kale growing inside one of the CSG’s greenhouses. Photo provided by the Genesis CSG.

On Saturday, February 10, the Community Supported Garden, or CSG, at Genesis Farm had a Valentine pop-up market. It was an opportunity for shareholders and the public to get a glimpse of what it takes to run what has become a world-renown healthy, organic food resource at 41A Silver Lake Road in Frelinghuysen.

With a commanding view of the Kittatinny Ridge beyond and chickens contentedly pecking away at the ground just behind the pop-up stand, people dropped by the bucolic farm to see what in the world could be grown in the dead of winter.

According to their website (www.genesisfarm.org), Genesis Farm was founded in 1980 by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell as an ecological learning center. Located in Frelinghuysen on 226 acres of preserved farmland, the property is said to be open to all people of good will who are searching for ways to restore (their) relationship with Earth, it carries this mission embedded with the lands and natural communities that support it.

Rather quickly, the sisters established the CSG in 1988 to fulfill an important mission of producing clean, nutritious food grown without chemicals. It is said to be one of the first operations of its kind in the country. 

Saturday’s market featured greenhouse tours where some of the winter farm produce grows. The stand also featured grains and beans from Marksboro Mills, located nearby off Route 94.

One of the many, abundantly filled greenhouses at Genesis’ CSG. Photo by MB Journe, 2/2024.

About the Farm:

The CSG farmers are experts with about 60 years of sustainable farming experience combined. They have a strong and effective apprenticeship program that trains several future farmers every year.

School groups regularly visit the farm. They use biodynamic and organic farming practices, which include composting, seed saving, cover crops that protect the soil from erosion, crop rotation and biodiversity practices. 

What is biodiversity? This is a YouTube to explain further https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkhMkKIppZQ

Hannah Hobbs has worked at the CSG for 10 years. Photo by MB Journe, 2/2024.

The pop-up market sold the following veggie lineup: carrots, garlic, sweet potatoes, beets, potatoes, cabbage, Valentine radish, celeriac, greens, spinach and herbs, rosemary and thyme. The CSG stand also included their homemade tomato sauce, salsa and apple sauce.

The farm encourages all to be creative with their produce. Here is a recipe for a healthy and delicious cake that will impress loved ones this Valentine’s Day. This recipe was provided by CSG staff:

Beet-Chocolate Cake

2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup oil

3-4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

4 eggs

3 cups shredded beets

  • Combine dry ingredients, sift and mix together.
  • Melt the chocolate very slowly over low heat or in a double boiler.
  • Allow chocolate to cool then blend thoroughly with the eggs and oil.
  • Combine the dry flower mixture with the chocolate mixture, alternating with the beets.
  • Pour into 2 greased 9-inch cake pans.
  • Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 to 50 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

For more information about the CSG’s spring share check out their website at https://csgatgenesisfarm.com/share-prices/.

There is an event calendar that includes their upcoming Earth Day celebration in April, spring open house in May and in October their harvest dinner and harvest festival.

Visit https://csgatgenesisfarm.com.

Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.