Morgan’s Farm, the Cedar Grove Historical Society property revived as an organic-style farm by Verona residents John and Julie Ostering six years ago, will be holding a Farm Day celebration on Saturday, August 11 from noon to 3 p.m.
Verona’s The Friendly Farmyard will be bringing a petting and pony rides, and there will be lawn games and free ice cream, popcorn and lemonade, as well as tours of the Morgan’s House museum and the farm fields, which contain a wide variety of vegetables, berries and flowers. There will also be samples of food prepared from farm produce by The Fruited Plain, a catering company owned by Verona residents Rosemary and Drew Gabbe.
When Morgan’s Farm was reborn in 2013, the farm occupied just 11 small growing beds on a 14-acre property. This year, there are more than 70 beds that cover a space as big as a football field growing exotic lettuces, five varieties of kale, 15 beds of heirloom tomatoes, and more, all non-GMO and free of chemical pesticides. The farm is run by volunteers–many of whom are from Verona–and Noelle Maladorno, a 2016 graduate of Verona High School, is the assistant farm manager. Morgan’s Farm sells its vegetables and flowers from its farm stand every Saturday morning from Memorial Day weekend through the end of October.
Morgan’s Farm is located on Pompton Avenue near the intersection of Fairview Avenue. If it rains on Saturday, Farm Day will be held on Sunday, August 12, at the same time.