Profeta Farms of Flemington, NJ is a place we try to stop at whenever we’re in the area.
Located on Route 202 South – they’re technically in Readington, NJ – but their mailing address is Flemington. Another one of those confusing town/postal things that ought to be corrected one of these days.
But Profeta Farms is an all organic operation – both their own grown produce and meat – or other suppliers who have been thoroughly vetted out.
Right now they’re just a little “shed,” but construction has been slow over the past couple years for a vastly expanded full-fledged Farmers’ Market.
They expect the grand-daddy building to open up sometime by late summer (thinking September).
Beyond the veggies at Profeta Farms
While they do have a selection of vegetables and fruits – our prime focus, for the time being, are their meats (located in the freezer section).
My favorite burgers of the moment ($8.49 for four), and delicious bacon and hot dogs as well. All organic, grass-fed, and pasture-raised.
We cannot wait till the operation goes full-swing. It’s possible we’ll shift a good portion of our weekly supermarket shopping as a result.
Beyond Organic at Profeta Farms
Here’s what they have to say about being “beyond organic.”
Local is the new organic. Knowing how your food is raised, harvested, and processed means the world to people who understand that our health is determined in large part by what we eat. The USDA organic label means a lot of things. It carries with it certain guarantees, but not all the guarantees that people may attribute to it.
For example, USDA organic DOES mean non-GMO seeds. It DOES mean no harmful chemical pesticides or fertilizers. But you can buy certified organic frozen vegetables in a bag that is “microwave-ready,” and the bag has probably been treated with harmful carcinogens. The food inside is organic, but it is not as healthy to microwave and eat as you might think. Same with most organic canned foods. The cans themselves are treated with chemicals that are not listed and that we know little about. Fresh organic produce comes with lots of advantages, but packaged organic foods are subject to a lot of compromises that are the result of pressure on the organic standards by large industrial food companies.
For some people, the humane treatment of animals is the most important criteria in food selection. USDA organic does not speak to that at all. Eggs can be organic if the chickens laying them are fed organic feed, even if they are raised with factory-farming practices, in confinement, with clipped beaks, etc. And eggs can be labeled “cage-free” or “free-roaming” even if the chickens that lay them have never set foot outside. If the door is opened for 15 minutes a day, then the chickens are deemed to have had the “opportunity” to go outside and can be called cage-free, even though the farmer and the USDA know they never will.
Labels on foods are usually an attempt to market products to consumers, not to share information with people about their food. BUT, if you know your farmer, and shop for local, organic, “clean food,” you have a much better chance to make healthy choices for your body, mind, and soul. There is no substitute for visiting a farm, or for knowing someone who knows the farm. At our farm, visitors are free to come and look at the pigs rooting around in the woods outside their barn. See the chickens scratching around outside their coop. See the cows grazing on the organic grass. Check out our barn. You will not find any pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
When we wanted fresh goat’s milk for our infant son, we drove two hours to a goat dairy farm in central Pennsylvania and saw for ourselves how the goats were living, how they were treated and how clean the processing equipment was in the dairy, etc. Thanks to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture for providing us with a list of all their member dairy farms. Few people have time to go on missions like that. But buying local food from a trustworthy, known source makes a huge difference. For us, it brings a confidence that we are making the best choices for our health and well-being that the organic label alone does not provide.
Profeta Farms is proud to provide clean, organic,
humanely-raised foods for our New Jersey community and beyond!
Profeta Farms Map
Local is the new Organic in NJ
We look forward to patronizing them regularly once the market opens up later this year. Their phone number is (908) 237-1301 – and they’re open 10am to 6pm seven days a week.