Walk, bike or take your golf cart to Fall at the Farm! Our fall harvest is a special time at Beach Plum Farm. Every Saturday through October 27th relax and enjoy our low-key celebration of the harvest from 11am-4pm. We’ll be roasting one of our heritage hogs for our Fall at the Farm Special.
Thirsty? We’ll have Cape May Brewery’s local craft brews and cocktails using Nauti Spirits Distillery’s local farm-to-bottle rum, gin, vodka, and whiskey.
There will be live music all afternoon, and plenty of hayrides, pumpkin picking and corn hole for the kids and for those who are young at heart from 11am-4pm. Don’t forget to visit our pigs and chickens! Our Farm & Market closes at 5pm. Come join us!
End the summer on a high note! Join us for Beach Plum Farm’s own Labor Day Tradition, our Labor Day Weekend BBQ Cookout & Pig Roast. Chef Todd will be getting out his grill and serving up some juicy roast pig from our own Beach Plum Farm heritage Berkshire hogs, Sunday, September 2nd from 11am-4pm. Relax with a cocktail to some live music. We’ll be pouring local beer, wine, and cocktails. And feast on farm-fresh meats and sides– we’ll also be dishing out some tasty pork burgers, BBQ Turkey, wings, hotdogs. Come let us cook so you don’t have to!
EVENT IS CANCELED DUE TO POOR VIEWING CONDITIONS & INCLEMENT WEATHER
A note from our astronomer: ” Meteor Shower Event Final Call- Unfortunately the weather forecasts are all converging to the same idea. Very cloudy with the chance of thunderstorms. Due to the inclement weather we are forced to cancel the meteor shower viewing event for this weekend. We regret having to make this hard decision but no need to worry! There will be lots of astronomy events coming up in the near future so make sure to keep an eye out for them. If you happen to catch a glimpse of partly cloudy skies this weekend make sure to go outside and try to view a few meteors in between the clouds. Scheduling these events is tough because of weather but when we do get those crystal clear skies it’s all worth it. Astronomy is worth taking that risk to educate kids about our universe. Those kids are our next generation of scientist’s and astronauts! To be able to inspire them to enter the S.T.E.M field is worth everything. -Chris”
The back fields at Beach Plum Farm present an ideal location to take in one of the most breathtaking celestial events of the summer- the Perseid Meteor Shower. Please join us for a meteor shower viewing party at BPF on Saturday, August 11th. The viewing will begin around 8:30 pm and run until 11pm.
Space enthusiast and photographer, Chris Bakley will be bringing lots of equipment to give everyone a deeper look into the universe. Anyone who wants to participate in that is welcome, and if not they are all more than welcome to just sit back, relax and enjoy the night sky. Chris will also be going around and answering any questions people have. He’ll bring a legal laser to direct our viewing and will point out major astronomical objects. The event is complimentary and don’t forget to bring your chairs, blankets, and headlamps!
Strawberry Season in New Jersey is blissful but brief and goes from bloom to boom in an instant. This year the steady summer rains have given us an unprecedented yield of berries, so, for the first time, we are opening up our strawberry fields to the public for a You Pick experience- through this Sunday only! $4.00 per pound if you pick less than 8 pounds. If you pick more than 8 pounds, it is $2.99 per pound. Berry boxes or ziplock bag included.
About the Vegetable Production Manager position: The position is for vegetable production only but we do raise our own animals and bees as well. Some crossover is likely but will be limited. Responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing the operation of vegetable production and its specialized subordinate and related units such as garden, field, fruit, parterre, growing houses, and perennial crops. Daily supervision and direction of farm staff. Development, implementation, and maintenance of the quality standards for the farm to ensure optimal productivity and adherence to brand standards.
Full Time; Year Round; Salary; Benefits; 401K; Cell Phone; Housing may be available to the right candidate; Position to start immediately
Duties & Responsibilities: May be described as, but not limited to…
- Work with the owner and general manager to develop an annual strategic plan for the vegetable production.
- Plan, develop, and direct the operations of major farming functions such as herbs, fruit, flowers, perennial and seasonal crops and greenhouse.
- Coordinate and make recommendations for improvements, land preparation, irrigation, fertilizing, planting crops, cultivation, and harvesting.
- Determine soil use and rotation of crops.
- Requisition equipment and materials; approve work schedules.
- Identify staff development and training needs and ensure that training is obtained.
- Work with Human Resources team to develop and grow internship programs.
- Ensure proper labor relations and conditions of employment are maintained.
- Maintain records, prepare reports, and compose correspondence relative to work.
- Maintain open communication with owner, general manager, Chefs, and Accounting team.
- Perform related work as required.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
- Thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques of practical farm management.
- Ability to keep records of time, production, and costs, and to make reports and recommendations for improvement in methods and equipment.
- Thorough knowledge of soils, crops, and farm building and equipment care and maintenance, knowledge of drip irrigation maintenance and supplies.
- Ability to manage the use of materials and equipment efficiently and economically.
- Knowledge of greenhouse maintenance and management.
- Ability to supervise subordinate staff, including but not limited to, assignment of duties, evaluating work progress and taking disciplinary action when necessary.
- Ability to multi-task and lead by example.
- Most work tasks are performed outdoors. Must be able to work outside for long hours in the peak of summer heat and winter cold performing various tasks including physical labor.
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds regularly.
- Must be knowledgeable and able to maintain all safety and health regulations.
- High school or equivalent education required.
- Minimum five years agricultural experience involving farm planning, methods, and production; and experience in supervisory farm work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience is required. Experience with sustainable or organic farming is desired.
- All employees must maintain a neat, clean and well-groomed appearance per Beach Plum Farm standards. Minimum uniform standards met and enforced.
Please email questions and/or cover letter & resume to Christina Albert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the time we opened our gates in 2008, Beach Plum Farm has remained committed to what is frequently referred to as “farm-fresh” or “farm-to-table” food. If you’ve visited the farm, you know that this is a special place- a place where you can enjoy sustainably raised pork, pasture raised chicken and turkey, eggs laid just hours before they arrive on your plate, and heaping servings of hand-harvested veggies and herbs. You’ve seen the beauty of our zinnias and dahlias, sunflowers and evergreens, and the arches bursting with Hyacinth Bean Vine behind the Market.
But what you may not realize is all the hard work it takes to cultivate such a unique working farm, or what sustainable and “hand-harvested” really mean. Here, we’ll shed a light on what these terms mean both in the most general sense and in the case of our little piece of The Cape.
So you say you’re sustainable…
By definition, sustainable agriculture means producing food, fiber, and other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, and animal welfare. Sustainable agriculture enables us to produce the healthy foods we love, without compromising future generations’ ability to do the same. What does that look like at Beach Plum Farm? Our General Manager, Christina Albert says, “We implement sustainable farming practices in a few different ways at Beach Plum Farm. When it comes to our vegetables and herbs, we don’t use herbicides, and we won’t use any pesticides that aren’t certified organic. We also plant cover crops in the winter season to prevent soil erosion.” And the animals? They’re fed with locally sourced grain & are able to express their natural instincts with plenty of room to run around- you can often find our chickens pecking for seeds & bugs around the Farm.
The truth behind the trend…
Lots of restaurants claim to be “farm-to-table” or “farm-fresh” nowadays, and while we don’t discredit them, we believe that Beach Plum Farm and our partner restaurants exhibit what eating local is truly meant to be. From our 62-acre farm in West Cape May, our products travel 2 miles or less before being prepared and served at our own Kitchen, The Ebbitt Room, The Blue Pig Tavern & Boiler Room at Congress Hall, The Rusty Nail, and Louisa’s Café. Deliveries are made daily to ensure that it is handled with care and delivered promptly rather than sitting in a truck and being bustled across county & state lines. This doesn’t just benefit the quality of the produce & eggs, however, it also helps us limit our greenhouse gas emissions, looping back to our dedication to minimal environmental impact.
So there you have it. While simplified, this is what it means to be farm fresh. This is what it means to eat locally and responsibly. This is Beach Plum Farm, and this is our promise to you.
Sources: Sustainable Agriculture
Gather around our crackling campfire in the crisp fall air to share a hot meal with family and friends Saturdays from November 4th to November 25th from 4-8pm at Beach Plum Farm’s Community Campfire Dinners.
Chef Todd will be creating one-pot meals using our own seasonal farm-fresh ingredients and he’ll be cooking them over an open fire in our huge cast-iron kettle. He’ll have dishes like turkey chili made with our own pasture-raised broad-breasted bronze turkeys or perhaps Berkshire pork stewed with freshly-harvested fall vegetables. All mains will come with two sides. We’ll also have s’mores for the kids and adults or other fun fireside desserts. Hot cider, coffee, tea and other non-alcoholic beverages are included with your meal.
Enjoy a hearty autumn dinner, then stay for a free family hayride!
BYOB-we supply farm fresh juice, tea, and mixers.
Reservations recommended but not required.
Our fall harvest is a special time at Beach Plum Farm. Every Saturday from September 30th – October 28th enjoy Chef Todd’s à la carte farm-to-table menu from 8am-8pm inspired by what we’re picking that day. We’ll be roasting one of our heritage hogs for our Fall at the Farm Special.
Thirsty? We’ll have Cape May Brewery’s local craft brews and three special cocktails using Nauti Spirits Distillery’s local farm-to-bottle rum, gin, and vodka.
There will be live music all afternoon, and plenty of Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking and Lawn Games for the kids and for those who are young at heart from 11am-7pm. Don’t forget to visit our pigs and chickens! Our Farm & Market closes at 8pm. Come join us!
There are twelve beehives operating at Beach Plum Farm, and each one yields one hundred and fifteen pounds of honey when it’s harvested. Bees can travel up to three miles feeding off local Cape May plants to provide a signature pure taste. Among the healing qualities associated with honey– a spoonful of the local variety can cure even the worst seasonal allergies. Our Beach Plum Farm honey is harvested several times throughout the year. Some consider the fall harvest particularly delicious since the bees have had all summer to feed off of sweet Cape May nectar.