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Hopewell Township’s Fairgrown Farm Cultivates Convenience

by Amie Rukenstein

Where can you get fresh local vegetables delivered to your door?  How about Princeton, Hopewell, Pennington, Lambertville, Montgomery, Rocky Hill, Ewing, Lawrence, Yardley PA, West Windsor and Plainsboro! Fairgrown Farm, the brainchild of local brothers Alex and James Klett, is in its sixth year of growing delicious produce in Hopewell Township and its easy to get a share.

Starting with just some land and an old 60’s Ford tractor in 2019, the Klett brothers have built Fairgrown to be one of central NJ’s leading vegetable farms. You can read the amazing story of how two regular Jersey guys became farmers here. Fairgrown Farm is currently extending an offer to surrounding residents to join their CSA (community supported agriculture) program, also called farm share.

One farm share member told the company: “We are overjoyed with this amazing, local produce that is so fresh. It’s impossible to switch back to the packaged vegetables from the grocery store once you’ve eaten the greens and herbs they deliver right to your door. We are grateful for Mother Nature’s weekly offerings.”

Fairgrown Farm Founders James Klett (3rd from left) and Alex Klett (4th from left) and their staff.

Shares are reasonably priced and the offerings change every week as the 30 week growing season progresses (May through November). In addition to doorstep delivery, you can choose to pick up your weekly share at their farm at the Watershed on Wargo Road or at the Hopewell Farmers Market 

What makes this CSA unique is that your share is not just produce that Fairgrown Farm grows – it is a collaborative mix of crops from a whole network of NJ farmers. As they note on their website, farming in Central Jersey is tough. Their solution is “to take a collaborative approach to farming: working with other local farmers to offer a wide variety of super fresh, nutritious crops.” That means in any given box, you will get Fairgrown tomatoes but also Marchese Family Farms squash, Sunny Harvest Farms broccoli, Blue Moon Acres lettuce and lots more. This gives you a wide variety of the state’s best crops in one box. 

In addition, you can choose from four add-on packages: fruit, mushrooms, eggs, and herbs. Each week, shareholders will get an email with the list of produce expected for the following week. Don’t like radishes? No problem, you can sub for something else. If you are out of town one week, you have options: 1) you can have your share donated and they will deliver it directly to one of our non-profit partners. 2). You can have the share delivered to (or picked up by) a neighbor, or  3). They can put your share on hold and give you a double share the next week. If you’re uneasy about the commitment of a farm share, look no further.

Founder James Klett explained to MercerMe that Fairgrown is about as flexible as they come and will work with your needs” “It couldn’t be easier to get fresh local produce!” 

To learn more about Fairgrown Farms and to sign up for a share click here.

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