Friday, January 22, 2021

Market CSA Enrollment Open

 


Enrollment in our Market CSA (community supported agriculture) is Open! 

So what is the Market CSA? 

Well, members pay at the beginning of the season and receive an advantage (a little extra spend money on us!) based on the amount they wish to contribute to their account.  Robson's Farm vegetables, fruit and flowers are then picked up at one of the farmers markets we attend each week as well as on-farm.

Members shop at the farmers market or our on farm stand using the pre-paid credit in their account. The amount that is spent is recorded and a monthly email is sent with the current account balance.
For more details or to join click over to our online store: HERE




Monday, September 28, 2020

Purple Farmstand Hours and Location

 


UPDATE: We're closed for the season but can't wait to see you in the spring for our annual plant sale and for fresh veggies! 


Robson's Farm, Purple Farmstand 

Hours and Location


Hours

Thursday and Friday 12-6


Location

33 Rahilly Road 

Wrightstown, NJ 08562




Wednesday, September 16, 2020

PawPaw Season Questions Answered: What they taste like. What to do with them. How to grow them.

 


I'm going to answer some of our most common PawPaw questions....

EATING QUESTIONS

Q: What is a PawPaw?
A: They are our nations largest native fruit. They are found in Appalachia area, northeast (but not above lower New York State), parts of the Midwest, and Southeast.

Q: What do they taste like? 
A: They are their own thing for sure.  Super fragrant! It's hard to say exactly what they taste like but kind of like a cross between a mango and banana with a fermenty finish. 

Q: How do I eat them? What is their texture? 
A: You slice them in half and grab a spoon. Their flesh is similar to a thick yogurt.

Q: How do I know if they are ready to eat? 
A: Pawpaws are like a banana in that they yellow then turn black with ripeness. Usually you know a pawpaw is ready when they drop off the tree but due to food safety rules we do not pick up dropped fruit.  We harvest them as soon as they have a little give when squeezed. So shoppers take them home and let them ripen on the counter. 

Q: Do they have seeds? 
A: Yes, a few large brown seeds in the shape and size of lima beans. 

Q: What can you do with them? 
A: Eat them fresh is how they're usually eaten. They also make a good pie...follow a pumpkin pie recipe and sub the pumpkin for pawpaw. We have a recipe on the blog under the "cooking" tab. You can also make puddings or pastry fillings. And lastly, brewers can add them to beer. There are a few breweries in Ohio area that make pawpaw beer. 

PAWPAWS AT OUR FARM

Q: How many trees do you have? 
A: 100

Q: When are they ready for harvest? 
A: Early-mid September

Q: When did you plant the trees? 
A: We planted most of our trees in 2014 and then planted a few to replace trees that had died or been severely damaged by deer in 2018. 

GROWING PAWPAWS

**I did extensive research before tying up a good piece of ground in a crop that 99% of people of have never heard of. I am still learning and do not have all of the answers. I encourage you to also do your research especially if you're a fellow farmer. 

Q: Where do I buy trees? 
A: One Green World or Nolan River in Kentucky...there are a few other places too so do you research!

Q: Where can I find resources? 
A: The book. "PawPaw, In Search of our Nations Forgotten Fruit," Kentucky State University, and through Neal Peterson who is known as the "Johnny PawPaw Seed", Petersonpawpaw.com

Q: How many trees do I need. 
A: You need 3 trees of 3 different varieties to get fruit. 

Q: How long will it take until I get fruit? 
A: From grafted trees it took us 6 years to get a few fruit. 8 years until full production like apples. 

Q: What do you think are the best varieties? 
A: We haven't been getting fruit long enough to give too much feed back here but so far Susquehanna and Shenandoah 

Q: How far do you space them apart? 
A: We spaced ours 10 feet apart.

Q: I thought they grew in the shade. Are you growing yours in the shade? 
A: It's true, PawPaws are an under story tree.  However, we grow them in the fields just like the peaches and apples. This means they need a lot of water. We grow them on landscape fabric with drip running underneath. Young trees need about 1.5 inches of water per week. 

As I get questions I'll update this post with the answers. Hope this helps!