Summit Farmers Market Letter to SDI, Fellow Vendors and (awesome) CustomersNovember 14th, 2016 | Posted by in Community Affairs
Summit Farmers Market Letter to Summit Downtown Inc, Fellow Vendors and our Awesome Customers
November 14, 2016
Mike Rassweiler – North Slope Farm
Organic Produce, Flowers and Specialty Herbs
Serving the Summit Downtown Farmers Market Starting in 1998
Over the last ten years North Slope Farm has run an experiential Farmer Training Program –
serving local markets with Organic Produce and Exceptional Local Products!
In 2017 North Slope Farm will retire from the Summit Farmers Market,
focusing closer to home…
We will miss the Summit Market – but we are hopeful the Market will welcome “New” Farmers – building their Farm Business, still developing their products, to best serve our customers.
Kyle and Rita invested themselves in Three Years of Training, at North Slope Farm – focusing on Food Safety – Organic Production – Exceptional Customer Service – and have proven themselves worthy of an opportunity like Serving Summit Shoppers!
Their Operation, Harvest Moon Organic Farm, maintains the scale of production that North Slope has occupied and will dovetail nicely with Existing Vendors and Regular Sales. We believe most vendors will support our encouragement to welcome Harvest Moon Organic Farm, to replace North Slope Farm, for 2017! Please note their info below!
Thank You for a Great Market, and for Supporting Local Agriculture!
Meet the Growers:
We’re Kyle and Rita, a couple of young aspiring farmers who were born and raised in Hillsborough, NJ with a passion for growing healthy, sustainable produce in New Jersey. After apprenticing for three years at North Slope Farm in Lambertville, NJ and with nearly 10 years of farming experience between us, we’ve joined the Incubator program located at Duke Farms in Hillsborough NJ to start our own farm business. We are a diversified organic vegetable farm that offers 60-70 varieties of vegetables including kale, salad mix, Swiss chard, onions, squash, beans, peppers, heirloom tomatoes, even ginger and turmeric. Finishing our second season as Harvest Moon Organic Farm we’ve grown in size from two to four acres of production and gone from one part time employee to 4 full time employees. Our operation markets its products through a small CSA and participates in six farmers markets, Millburn, Sea Bright, Duke Farm to Table, and Asbury Fresh’s Friday, Sunday and Belmar.
Bret Morgan, Founder, Asbury Fresh Farmers Market:
“Kyle, Rita, and the Harvest Moon team have been a pleasure to work with these past few years. Their produce is always top notch and they are always some of the easiest and most pleasant farmers we’ve worked with over our six year history. I particularly respect Harvest Moon’s creativity in crop selection. They continue to grow a good mix of tested crowd favorites along with new and upcoming varieties of crops that really adds a unique element to our market. Each week I look forward to what the have to offer, I know many members of our community are in agreement that Harvest Moon is a huge asset to our market.”
Cara Kent, Market Manager, Asbury Fresh:
“Asbury Fresh was extremely lucky to have Harvest Moon Organics on board with us this season. Kyle and Rita are dedicated people who are wonderful to work with. They have a perfect attendance record and offer a high quality product. They would be an amazing addition to any market.”
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