Mercer County area farms 

gear up for another season 

of community-supported 


A CSA box from Robson's Farm in North Hanover. (Rose Robson)
Brielle Urciuoli | The Times of TrentonBy Brielle Urciuoli | The Times of Trenton 
on March 07, 2015 at 8:27 AM, updated March 07, 2015 at 8:28 AM
Though the snowy grounds may not be ideal conditions for planting, Rose Robson, owner of Robson's Farm in North Hanover, has already planted fruits and vegetables in her greenhouse to get a head start on this year's season.
After all, she's expecting to double the amount of customers in the farm's buying club — a community-supported agriculture program that can bring fresh fruit and vegetables to customers' doorsteps.
While last Saturday was national CSA signup day, Robson's accepts rolling signups throughout the season, where people can sign up for a full season of pickup or delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables, pay on a week-to-week or month-to-month basis, or build their own box.
Robson was confident that her projection for this year's membership can be reached.
"I really hope to double the amount of last year," she said.
Matt Conver, owner of the Cherry Grove Organic Farm in Princeton said that he has been accepting signups for their CSA program since early January.
"We cap it out at 300 and we reach it pretty much every year," he said of the farm's CSA membership.
And though the snow hasn't even melted yet, Chickadee Creek Farm in Pennington, run by Jess Neiderer, has almost reached its 250 member limit — a number that has grown since last year's 200-member cap.
"We've just had a slow and steady growth approach," Neiderer said.
Conver said he can have just as successful of a season as last year if the weather allows.
"The demand's out there," he said. "It's ultimately down to the weather."
While local farm CSA membership continues to grow, Neiderer said most farms are not looking to best the other crop-growers down the road, but the ones across the country.
"We're not necessarily competing with other local farms, but farms in California," she said, noting that that is where most supermarket fruits and vegetables are grown.
"People just really want to be close to the farm," Robson said.
A list of farms that offer CSA programs is available at jerseyfresh.nj.gov.
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