Thursday, April 15, 2010


Oysters on the half shell.
Fried oysters

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Sunday, April 04, 2010

New Beachside Dinner place


Headed out for a drive down along the shore looking for a place to eat. A seafood place that is not “dining”, but more li a sand on your shoe kind of place like where I grew up in Florida. Jake’s filled that spot tonight. Simple seafood served with fries and slaw.

Jake’s Crab Shack at the Belmar Boardwalk

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Bobolink Press Release: Artisan Cheesemakers and Land Trust collaborate to preserve historic farm

Good News from Bobolink Dairy

Press Release: Artisan Cheesemakers and Land Trust collaborate to preserve
historic farm
Hunterdon Land Trust and local cheese makers work together to preserve
historic farmstead in Holland Township, Hunterdon County

in this issue

Press Release <>

Bobolink Dairy Relocation, plus slideshow <>
Cheesemakers Nina and Jonathan White purchase historic farm in New Jersey,
historic farm is now preserved

Stamets House from the North

The Stamets Farm sits atop a hill with beautiful views of the Delaware River Valley and has been farmed by just two families since the American Revolution. When William Stamets, whose family had owned the farm for
generations, passed away in 2001, many people feared the property would be developed, ending the tradition of family farming on the land that had endured for hundreds of years. On Monday March 29th those fears were put to rest with the culmination of a deal coordinated by the Hunterdon Land Trust.

By purchasing the development rights to the property the land trust simultaneously protected the land, ensuring that it will always be used as a farm, and made it possible for Nina and Jonathan White, local farmers and
cheese makers, to purchase the property as the new home for their environmentally sustainable Bobolink Dairy Farm. "This project has such a great outcome--the permanent protection of the largest unpreserved farm in the township and its transfer to a farming family with an established commitment to sustainable agriculture", said Margaret Waldock, Executive Director of the Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance.
Preservationists and farmers both have big reasons to celebrate the successful completion of this deal. The farm has great conservation value given its size, soils and the fact that it is located in the middle of
hundreds of acres of land that has already been preserved. To lose this property to development would have dealt a serious blow to preservation efforts in the region.
Holland Township Mayor Edward Burdzy indicated that the preservation of the Historic Stamets farm represents a milestone in Holland's farmland preservation effort. "Bill Stamets would be proud that the land will continue in agricultural use" said the Mayor.
Like many family farmers Nina and Jonathan White have found it challenging to find a farm to buy, given the cost of real estate in New Jersey which is often a significant barrier to famers. They are well known cheese makers producing high-quality artisanal cheeses from their Bobolink Dairy, established on leased land in Vernon, NJ. For many years the Whites had searched for a farm to purchase as a permanent home for their herd of 100 rustic Bronze Age cattle. Their long search came to an end when the land trust showed them the Stamets Farm in Holland Township. The Hunterdon Land Trust secured grant funding to preserve the farm through the purchase of an agricultural easement from the Stamets' estate and then the Whites purchased
the preserved property from the estate.The deal required the participation of a large group of partners to fund the purchase of the $1.4 million conservation easement, and a great deal of work to coordinate all of the partners involved. The Hunterdon Land Trust secured preservation grants through a variety of public and private sources. The state of New Jersey's farmland preservation program, the Hunterdon County
farmland preservation program, and Holland Township all contributed funds and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation provided $700,000 in Federal Farm and Ranchland Protection Funds to secure an agricultural easement on the farm. "We are very pleased to contribute a portion of our federal farmland grant
to the Hunterdon Land Trust and support their efforts to preserve this farm," said Michele S. Byers, executive director of New Jersey Conservation Foundation. "Bobolink Dairy is a terrific example of a sustainable dairy
operation, and we congratulate the Hunterdon Land Trust on their success in helping the White family find a permanent home for their farm in Hunterdon County." The Open Space Institute provided a bridge loan which allowed the land trust to close the project in time to meet the March 29 closing date, while the land trust waited to receive a portion of the grant funding. "Hunterdon Land Trust has a great track record of agricultural preservation in Hunterdon County, and this is a project we're proud to be involved with,"
said Marc Hunt, the Southern Appalachians field coordinator for the Open Space Institute. "The acquisition of this easement will allow the farmer to purchase land that sustains his operation at an affordable price. This is a
model for an innovative project by a land trust that really does it right." The White's cheeses and breads are currently sold on their rented farm in Vernon, NJ, in farmer's markets throughout the NYC region, including the indoor market on Sunday in Stockton, NJ, as well as nationally via their website, After their move to Holland Township, Bobolink cheese and breads will also be available for sale at the Hunterdon Land Trust's Farmers' Market at Dvoor Farm. "Bringing Bobolink Dairy together with the Stamets property demonstrates how the preservation and farming communities can work together to keep family
farms a part of our county and to build the local food system" said Waldock. The Hunterdon Land Trust is Hunterdon County, New Jersey's only countywide land trust. Incorporated as a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization in 1996, the land trust is committed to preserving and protecting the rural landscapes and natural resources of Hunterdon County. To learn more about the Hunterdon Land Trust, please visit their website at

Bobolink Dairy on the move!
That's right, folks, Nina and Jonathan bought the farm. Last Monday, after over a year of Hurculean effort by all involved, Bobolink Dairy found its home in the hills of Hunterdon County, an hour and change from NYC, and about the same from Philadelphia. We are both excited at the opportunity and humbled by the challenge, but over the next few months, our eight year experiment in Vernon New Jersey will be reinvented on 185 acres of Delaware Valley farmland. We will continue our current operations in Vernon until the Big Move, most likely in June. We expect to be at all of our farmer's markets, and mail order continues as well. although moving family, business, and cows is likely to strain our capabilities. thank you for your forebearance!
In the next few weeks, we have a lot to do: planting grass, building fences, creamery, milking parlor, bread ovens, retail store, clearing old barbwire, etc.
We plan on inviting you, our loyal customers, to come up to the farm for a Field Day of work, food, sun (or rain....), and camaraderie: planting, clearing, building, and restoring. Details will follow via this newsletter.
Meanwhile, we just want to thank all of you for helping us to change the world!

Here is a link to a slideshow of the farm click here

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