Poplar Wood Farm opens new pole barn
Earlier this year, we featured local Port Murray, NJ Farmer Al Esposito and Poplar Wood Farm on Hoboken411. In doing so, we helped them raise enough money to build their new barn to help them keep up with demand. Was a fantastic experience helping a great project like this become a reality.
Last weekend, they held their “Barn opening,” and invited those who either contributed to the Kickstarter project, or partake in their 2013 Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA). We all got a tour of the facility – which was in two locations about 4 miles apart, and were six and 10 acres in size. Their smaller “home” farm consisted of a greenhouse where they get the plants started, as well as a chicken coop. The larger property is where the final products are grown. The new barn was on the smaller property, and was designed to facilitate the cleaning, sorting and packaging of the fruits, vegetables and flowers. Previously it was a laborious process which involved shuttling material back and forth.
Poplar Wood Farm grows enough fresh (non-GMO) produce to provide for 60 families who are enrolled in the CSA program, as well as weekly farmers markets in Hoboken, Jersey City and Pennsylvania.
The day was fun. On top of learning how the farm works inside and out, the different varieties of plants, as well as the challenges they faced – we were also entertained by a small acoustic band. Farmer Al and his family were a great bunch of hard-working people that we were glad to meet.
You want to support a local NJ farm? Head over to the Uptown Family Farmers Market every Saturday this spring and summer!