Meet the farmers at the Kaplen JCC
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Meet the farmers at the Kaplen JCC

The Free Bird Farm family. (Courtesy JCCOTP)
The Free Bird Farm family. (Courtesy JCCOTP)

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly has opened registration for its 22-week partnership with a local farm, providing members who buy shares with the opportunity to enjoy locally grown, certified organic produce. To launch the season, the JCC will host meet-the-farmer day on Sunday, April 28, from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m., featuring husband-and-wife farmers Ken Fruehstorfer and Maryellen Driscoll of Free Bird Farm. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members will receive 22 weeks of produce for less than $25 a week and become part of a growing community that supports sustainable agriculture and allows people to build a relationship with the farmers who grow our food. Full or half shares are mandatory (full shares average 7 to 10 vegetable varieties), with the option to add shares of fruit, free-range eggs, European-style butter, and maple syrup.

This year, the program will feature monthly discussions and demonstrations relevant to cooking and health, led by a credentialed nurse with exceptional culinary talents. In addition, thanks to the generosity of the farmers and CSA members, the JCC will donate fresh produce to the Center for Food Action in Englewood, weekly, for the entire season.

The season will run from June 11 to November 5. Registration deadline is May 24. JCC membership is not required. Register online at www.jccotp.org or email Marilyn at myeshua@jccotp.org.

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