Happy Earth Day

Earth_Day_2013.jpg

Earth Day is one of our favorite days to celebrate at Fresh & Fancy Farms. We love that at school children are reminded of the importance of our Earth and how we need to treat her each day. We want to help you say thank you to Mother Earth by planting your very own tree. Visit us at the farm and receive 20% off any tree in the month of April.

Seed to Table

All of the seeds we planted months ago are popping up and growing with every passing day. We can't wait to harvest the delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs they will produce. This year we will have a small amount of unique produce for sale that we grow without chemicals or pesticides. The closer your food is to you the more nutrients it will retain before you get a chance to enjoy it. Also, no fuel will be needed to ship your favorite produce across the country and we like the sound of that!

We also encourage you to start your own garden. You can start small with containers on your porch. You can grow herbs, tomatoes, beans and more. We have everything you need to start and can answer any questions you may have along the way, that's what we're here for!

IMG_2706.JPG
IMG_2688.JPG
IMG_2759.JPG
IMG_3184.JPG
IMG_3178.JPG

All Natural Dye

Spring is creeping in. And we may not feel it as the wind graces our faces but we can see it with each blooming bulb and sprouting seed. To celebrate spring we decided to create some natural dyes for our eggs and a few simple ways to decorate them. We put together a color cheat sheet so you can create some of your own!

White Eggs.JPG

What you need:

  • White Eggs
  • White Vinegar
  • Jars or bowls for dipping
  • String, Lace, Twine for decorating
  • A spoon or two for scooping (avoid beet dyed fingers)

What to do: 

Red - Cranberries Simmer 1 cup of cranberries in 1 cup of water for 20 minutes. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Pink - Red Beets - Simmer a large beet or two small beets add 4 cups of boiling water. Stir in 2 tsp. white vinegar and cool at room temperature. Remove beets.

Beets.JPG

Orange: Paprika - Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup of boiling water, make sure to stir in all of the particles. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar

Spices.JPG

Light Yellow - Carrot Greens - Simmer 1 cup of chopped carrot tops in 1.5 cups of water for 15 minutes. Strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Carrot Tops.JPG

 Deep Yellow - Turmeric - Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup of boiling water, make sure to stir in all of the particles. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar

Light Blue - Red Cabbage - Cut .5 a head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups of boiling water. Stir in 2 tsp. white vinegar and cool at room temperature. Remove cabbage. 

Cabbage.JPG

Deep Blue - Blueberries - Mix 1 cup of frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature. Remove blueberries. Add 1 tsp. white vinegar.

Blueberry.JPG

Lavender - Grape Juice - Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tsp. white vinegar.

Brown - Coffee - Mix 1 cup of strong coffee and 1 tsp. white vinegar.

Yellow Egg.JPG

Merry Christmas

  Thank you for all of your support in 2012. Here's to a bright future at Fresh & Fancy Farms! We are in the process of building our barn and look forward to bringing the community together to celebrate all things local! If you want updates, you can subscribed to our newsletter here. 

Thank you again and Merry, Merry Christmas!

peace & love,

Fresh & Fancy Farms

Merry Christmas 2012

First Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest Winner!

Christian Mazzariello of Emerson, NJ won our First Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest at this year's Fall Festival!! At our  Fall Festival   we hosted friends and family for pumpkin carving, crafts and fall goodies! We look forward to having Christian's pumpkin carving skills back for next year's contest! Thank you for participating Christian and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Holiday Decorating Service Now at Fresh & Fancy Farms!

We have exciting news! We now offer holiday decorating services. Do you want wreathes on all of your windows? Lights? Holiday garland?  Email us and speak with one of our Design Specialists today! How it works:

  1. A Specialist visits your home for a free design estimate.
  2. We prepare a design contract specifically for your space.
  3. We get to work! All of our wreathes, garland and decor are handmade.
  4. You ENJOY the season!

Check out some holiday decor photos below - if you dream it we can execute it!

What we offer:

OUTDOOR DECOR

  • Wreath creation and placement
  • Garland design and installation
  • Tree lighting
  • Full porch design - entrance trees, railings, front door, etc.
  • Have questions? ASK!

INDOOR DECOR

  • Tree lighting and design
  • Window lighting
  • Indoor garland
  • Mantel design
  • Table design
  • Have questions? ASK!

[gallery link="file" columns="2"]

Crafts & Costumes!

Fall is such a magical time on the farm. The pumpkins, the mums, the crisp air, it's all just wonderful. But when you have visitors dressed up and excited about arts & crafts...that's when the real magic begins! This past weekend, we had fall arts & crafts on the farm. All of our little fresh & fancy visitors were dressed proudly in their Halloween costumes as they pranced along the fall flowers and through the pumpkin patch.

We hope to see more costumes on Halloween! We welcome all trick-or-treaters!

Stop, slow down, and take it all in! Happy Fall!

Planting Bulbs with the Springboard Program!

Each week the Bergen County Springboard program visits us. They are an awesome group of kids! Today we planted a variety of fall bulbs, daffodils , tulips, muscari, crocus and more! Can't wait to see these beauties pop up in the spring! If you have a group that wants to visit we would love to have them, feel free to contact us today!

 

 

End of summer sale!

We're sad summer is coming to an end too...but to cheer you up we are having a SALE! Visit us today for our end of summer sale, we would love to see your smiling faces! Plus, it's the perfect time to plant perennials, tree and shrubs!  

hello summer

July is almost over. I know, we're shocked too. Our vegetable field is growing more and more by the day and producing beautiful, pumpkins, corn, eggplant, tomatoes (oh so many tomatoes), peppers & more. Many of our flowers are still going strong despite all the heat! Here are some photos, enjoy!

 

Farmer's Market

For the past two weeks we joined Dumont farmer market. It was our first farmers market and well...we were excited! We offered fresh cut flowers, fresh cut herbs, herb plants, perennials, succulents and more! It was great to meet fellow vendors and see new smiling customers each week. We will be returning back to the farm, so come visit us on River Road! Just look for the little yellow house!

For more updates, join us on our Facebook & Twitter pages.

Gifts for your favorite teacher!

School is just about out for summer! And before you or kids head for the beach (or baseball practice) don't forget to pick up something for his/her favorite teacher. Just a little thank you for all their hard work throughout the year. We have local gifts starting at $5! Stop by today for a gift, or just to say HELLO! We would love to see you! Happy Summer!

Plant Your Own Garden For Under $12

It's that time of year when friends visit looking for their favorite vegetables to add to their home gardens (one of our favorite times of year). Lettuce, tomatoes, eggplants & herbs! What to grow, what not to grow? Try something new or stick with the standard? We can help you with all of these questions and more. For under $12 you can leave Fresh & Fancy Farms with vegetable and herb plants that will provide fresh produce all summer long. Here are some shots of our vegetables - come visit us today and we will help you plan your vegetable & herb garden!

Tuesday's Dirt: Herbs & Rain

The sun has been hiding, the rain has been falling and we don't mind. The flowers are happy and our field of tomatoes won't need a drink for a week or so after today! When it rains it's quiet on the farm. People are busy at work or snuggled in their homes. So it give us time to visit all of our plants and say hello. A little pruning here, a transplant there and a deep breathe. We have been planting herbs in pots, perfect for the back deck or patio. The fragrance of fresh herbs make us smile. Cilantro, chives, parsley, sage, rosemary, lemon thyme, mint, pineapple sage, oregano and more. They are all unique and can add life to your favorite dish, drink or cup of tea. So visit us for all your flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables...but don't forget your herbs!

Tuesday's Dirt: Sweet Spring!

We love to get our hands in the soil, plant seeds and smell the petite lavender plants that can calm you with one deep whiff. We want to share some of the simple pleasures we experience daily on the farm with our newest feature, "Tuesday's Dirt." We will take you on a tiny pictorial trip down fresh & fancy lane. Oh! btw it's not all sunshine and happiness (all the time). Tending to plants takes time and patience. We know what it's like to have dirty, rough, splintered hands...and like it. Enjoy!
Early spring strawberries.
Little yellow cups.
Feathered guests.
Fresh cut lettuce.

Winter on the Farm

In the winter months the farm lays dormant. Mother nature likes to makes sure we don't take sunny summer days and rainy spring ones for granted. The peacefulness of Fresh & Fancy Farms in the winter is beautiful.  From a distance, life looks sparse but it's happening everywhere from the greenhouse to the potting shed. Here are some of our favorite details about winter on the farm...

Get Fancy with Fresh Cut Greens

The lights are twinkling and the air is filled with the smell of fresh cut greens. It's the perfect time to pick up all your holiday items! Christmas trees, potted pines, wreaths and grave blankets along with fresh cut holly and greens to fill your home with. Bring your holiday hostess a small potted tree today!