To make a connection between the food you eat and the land from where it comes — that’s what the owners of the Inn at Fernbrook Farms want their visitors to experience. Whether guests visit the farm to relish an outdoor fireside dinner, celebrate a special occasion (weddings, showers, and more) or create their own private dinner, that connection is woven into the experience.
Dating back to 1750, the Inn is home to three generations of the Kuser family, who purchased the property just outside of Bordentown in 1890. Today Fernbrook is owned and managed by husband and wife team Larry and Susie Kuser. Fernbrook includes a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm and a wholesale nursery overseen by Larry, and an environmental education center directed by their son, Brian. Susie, who loves planning weddings and parties of all kinds, devotes her talents to the Inn.
On Mother’s Day Fernbrook is serving a country brunch on the brick terrace next to the Inn. The menu includes farm fresh eggs, country meats, and many delectable sweets and treats prepared by in-house Chef Christine Wendland. Throughout the day visitors can take farm tours, wagon rides, shop at a plant sale, and more.
The brunch is a fundraising event for the environmental education center, and reservations are required. Adults and children over 11 years, $50 per person; children 4-10, $25; children 3 and under, free. Seatings are 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.
The Inn serves fireside dinners every other Thursday, outdoors in warm weather at the hearth and in the library during the winter. The menu varies according to the time of the season and by what Chef Christine is inspired to harvest from the garden, which includes many heritage vegetables. The price per person is $75 or $65 for CSA members. Upcoming dinners are slated for May 21, June 4, and June 18.
“The dinner is a farm-to-table experience and could be a perfect gathering event or ideal date night,” says Susie. “Chef Christine always visits the diners and shares interesting facts about the food being served.”
Sharing with visitors and providing hands-on experience is an integral part of the farms’ activities. The education center offers year-round programs for children including New Jersey’s premiere nature summer camp, homeschool classes, and more.
The Kusers view the CSA as a partnership between grower and members where they can pick up fresh produce at the farm and enjoy the pick-your-own garden 26 weeks a year. Both CSA members and the public can shop at Fernbrook’s farm market, open every Thursday and Saturday.
Says Brian, “Fernbrook Farms is about good food, sustainable agriculture, education, and hospitality.”
To learn more about the Mother’s Day brunch, call 609-298-4028 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other inquiries, call 609-298-3868, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.fernbrookfarms.com.
Fernbrook Farms, Route 545 and White Pine Road, Chesterfield Township. See ad, page 21.