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Monica Feb 4, 2011 08:59 AM

Is there a really good farm that raise ducks and sell duck products?
I've been to a farm called Abma which is nice for a family outing with kids but I found their products to be way over priced.
I also heard about farms in NJ who make cheeses in small batches.
I am in bergen county but willing to travel to other parts of NY and NJ. A nice weekend trip to one of these nice farm sounds nice too.

  1. chefMD Feb 9, 2011 04:42 AM

    This is a produce purveyor I use which has a great list of farms in the area. While not complete, it's a good start.

    http://www.freshfromzone7.com/farms.html

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      Monica Feb 9, 2011 05:32 AM

      Wow, what a nice list. Thank you!

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        HillJ Feb 9, 2011 06:09 AM

        http://www.greenpeople.org/csa.htm
        just scroll down to NJ for the individual listings.
        We make a habit of visiting out of state farms while on vacation
        Enjoy.

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      RonKo Feb 8, 2011 05:11 AM

      A great place to get honey in New Jersey is Fruitwood Orchards in Monroeville NJ Just type in Fruitwoodorchardshoney.com and their 2 lb jars are a good value when shipped to your home.
      We use it on cereal and baking. We get the Wildflower but they have other varieties. Ron-Morris County NJ

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        RonKo Feb 8, 2011 04:59 AM

        I have to give Michael's 5 stars. We have been going to Michael's for a couple of years now.(We live about 30 min away in Morris County) and have never been disappointed. We meet friends from the Clifton area and no matter what we order,it is great. Our favorites are Thinny-Thin Pizza,Chicken Murphy,Shrimp-Michaels, Steak-Pizziola and several others. It is a cozy atmosphere and warm people. Bring your own and enjoy this great Nutley NJ restaurant. Ron

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        Michael's Pastaria & Deli
        143 Franklin Ave, Nutley, NJ 07110

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          Ted in Central NJ Feb 4, 2011 01:53 PM

          In Central NJ, we have The Griggstown Quail Farm, which is the purveyor of ultra-high quality poultry products to the more expensive restaurants in the NY/NJ area. In addition to quail, they raise pheasants, heirloom turkeys, and chickens, and they might raise ducks (I'm not sure about the ducks!). Their store sells a variety of poultry products, as well as soups and other items prepared by their CIA-trained chef.

          During the summer months, they also run a CSA, of which I am a member. Being able to get a large supply of organic produce each week at below-market prices is wonderful.

          The Griggstown Quail Farm is located in the Griggstown section of Franklin Township (Somerset County), but for some bizarre reason, their mailing address is "Princeton, NJ".

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          Griggstown Quail Farm
          986 Canal Rd, Princeton, NJ

          1. ChefJune Feb 4, 2011 12:49 PM

            Bobolink Farms (and Dairy) are a wonderful place to visit, but I wouldn't recommend a visit in this weather. Otherwise, they do have activities all year around. They are in Milford, NJ Here is their web site. Jonathan and Nina White. http://www.cowsoutside.com/

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              trBabs Feb 4, 2011 11:19 AM

              Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley (past Chester going west) makes cheese. I hear it's very expensive but very good, although I haven't been there myself. Worth a trip to see, though, I'm sure - I'll be headed out that way this spring to take a look....

              http://www.valleyshepherd.com/

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                Picnicchef Feb 4, 2011 10:24 AM

                I wouldn't call it a farm, but of course, Goffle Poultry farm in Wyckoff has great duck.

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                  Monica Feb 4, 2011 10:28 AM

                  LOL, this is why I love chowhound. Thank you.

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                    bropaul Feb 4, 2011 02:29 PM

                    Yes, when I was looking for guinea fowl back in the fall, someone recommended Goffle Farm. Sorry, Menton if that was you. Memory is not what it was.

                    http://www.gofflepoultry.com/

                  2. menton1 Feb 4, 2011 09:16 AM

                    There's a plethora of farms in Northwest, Central West, And south Jersey. But this is not the right time of year. A lot more information & publicity in the spring. (If this snow ever melts!)

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