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Goffle Brook Farms – “a garden blog”

Kurt Says Water Wisely

By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Perennials, Plant Care, Seasonal Color, Vegetable Gardening|Tags: , , , |

Looks like we're in for a run of scorchers the next two weeks. Temperatures climbing into the high to mid nineties for quite a stretch with little or spotty rain forecast. Man those iced teas are gonna quench your thirst while relaxing on the patio. Don't forget your porch/patio containers and your garden beds. Chances are those plants are going to be mighty thirsty also.

Mandevilla

By |June 18th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Hard Goods, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , |

Oh my gosh! What is that? It’s beautiful. These common statements are often heard around the patio during summer gatherings or family get-togethers. Mandevilla has become a common and stunning patio plant. It’s brilliant flowers of reds, pinks and whites add a tropical flair to any landscape and/or garden setting.

Custom Garden Containers

By |June 17th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Houseplants, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , |

Container plantings are a simple and elegant way to change the look of a terrace, outdoor living area, front porch or entry. With all of our annuals, tropicals, perennials, and houseplants, the possibilities are endless. Be sure to check out our ready made seasonal selection of containers. It is one thing to sell plants, it is another thing to know how to combine them to make stunning and successful combinations that will last for months at a time.

4 Inch Potted Geraniums

By |June 16th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Houseplants, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , |

Geraniums are one of the most popular plants in the garden. You can plant a mass of them in a bed for a stunning focal point, planted in containers they put on a stunning display of elegance. And when the weather turns chilly, start to move them inside to a sunny window sill and they’ll make a lovely houseplant. And last but not least, they are so easy to care for.

Areca Palm – Dypsis lutescens

By |June 12th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Houseplants, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A native plant of Madagascar, the areca palm is also known as golden cane palm, yellow butterfly palm and bamboo palm. Being a tropical plant it is only hardy in zones 10 and 11; however it's slow growth rate and graceful foliage make it an excellent container plant

Its a Bugs Life

By |June 4th, 2020|Categories: Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Plant Care|Tags: , , , , |

Implement biological pest control with the addition of beneficial predatory insects to any garden and landscape bed. Practicing sustainable landscaping by releasing beneficial insects provides an excellent learning opportunity for children to learn how Mother Nature naturally builds an eco-system and at the same time reduces the need for chemicals and/or pesticides usage.

Celebrate Mothers Day

By |May 7th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , |

Celebrate Mother's Day with Goffle Brook Farms. In the garden center you can select from stunning hanging baskets of Fuschia, Petunias, Ferns, Impatiens and more in a diverse selection of color, texture and foliage. Or perhaps a potted container for the porch or patio from a dazzling display of elegant and unique containers and floral selections

Porch – Patio Containers

By |May 7th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Seasonal Color, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , |

Add a stylish accent with one of our unique garden containers that are sure to please any Mother. From crafty wicker baskets planted with gorgeous seasonal color to patio containers planted with cascading and lavish displays of annual and perennial flowers, grasses and accents.

Annuals and Perennials

By |May 7th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Seasonal Color, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , , |

If your Mother is like mine was then she’s an avid gardener with a green thumb and have we got the solution for you. Annuals, Perennials and Fruit Trees. Let Mom liven up her garden beds and displays with our seasonal color annuals available in flats and paks. Mix and match the paks to create that perfect choice of her favorite colors in lovely flowers.

Decor and Gifts

By |May 7th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Seasonal Color, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , |

Celebrate the special mom in your life with a heartfelt garden decor gift from Goffle Brook Farms. Choose from our unique selection of garden and outdoor decor, or select one of our pre-planted cloche displays. We also have unique planted baskets and containers for both indoor and out...

Hanging Baskets

By |May 7th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Seasonal Color, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This year we have the perfect Mother’s Day gift: Ready-to-go hanging baskets with a mix of beautiful summer annuals. Perfect to brighten your mothers day! Our lush hanging baskets are filled with beautiful annuals that will last all summer long.

Fuschia Flowers

By |April 30th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , |

Hanging baskets are here in a diverse variety of flowers. One that we frequently get asked about is our Fuschias. Such a delicate and elegant exotic flower with striking and eye-catching two-tone colors. Simply put these gorgeous flowers are ideal no matter where in the garden, but have them in a hanging basket and they just profusely put forth exceptional beauty.

Bumper Crop Soil Builder

By |April 5th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Hard Goods, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Plant Care, Seasonal Color, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , |

Bumper Crop Soil Builder is the PERFECT Raised Bed Mix. A premium soil builder created exclusively by MASTER NURSERY® Garden Centers, this soil amendment contains only the finest all natural, rich, organic composted ingredients. Bumper Crop® Soil Builder has been formulated with the vegetable, herb, and flower gardener in mind!

Spring Flowers Are Here

By |April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Seasonal Color, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , |

With sunny weather forecast for the first week in April and warmer temperatures on the horizon, now’s the time more than ever to get some fresh air and work around the house. You can plan a planting project to do with the youngsters to dress up the beds or add a touch of class to any porch, patio or outdoor living area.

Crotons

By |April 1st, 2020|Categories: Houseplants, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , |

Crotons come in a wide variety of leaf shapes and colors. Leaves can be short, long, twisted, thin, thick, and several of these combined. Colors range from green, variegated, yellow, red, orange, cream, pink, and black to a combination of all these. They make an excellent choice for container gardening on the porch, patio, or in outdoor living areas. They work well in tropical-themed containers or alongside annuals in the ground.

Grow a Victory Garden

By |March 26th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, The Farmers Market, Vegetable Gardening|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Victory Gardens, also called “war gardens” or “food gardens for defense” were gardens planted by ordinary citizens during World War I and World War II to provide some relief in the public food demands. As it is now as it was in World War II when the nation fell on hard times, this is the time we can help the nation and ourselves to persevere. With store shelves bare and nutritious foods in short supply, if there is any good to be found in these trying times, let one of them be the fact that we are now in the growing season.

Lets Grow Lettuce

By |March 22nd, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden, Vegetable Gardening|Tags: , , , , , |

Lettuce is an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), vitamin K, folate and molybdenum. It is also a very good source of dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, biotin, vitamin B1, copper, iron and vitamin C. It is also a good source of vitamin B2, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, phosphorus, chromium, magnesium, calcium and pantothenic acid. There are only 15 calories in 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of lettuce.

Kids Gardening Club

By |March 18th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden, Vegetable Gardening|Tags: , , , , , , |

Fun, experiential learning for kids to share with siblings, parents, grandparents and caregivers during these upcoming beautiful spring days! Goffle Brook Garden Center will be posting a project to do with your children every three days. The first project has to do with growing beans. You can either use beans in your pantry or stop in at our store today and get a free pack (while supplies last).

Its Time To Garden

By |March 14th, 2020|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden, Seasonal Color, Vegetable Gardening|Tags: , , |

Now in our 52nd year, Goffle Brook Farms has developed into a full-service garden center offering a quality selection of shrubs, annuals, perennials, roses, vegetables, bulbs, herbs, houseplants, tropicals, pottery, soil, mulches, and lawn care products, and a diverse and unique selection of garden decor, complete with our own “potting shed” for classes and events throughout the garden seasons.

Spring Cleanup

By |March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Hard Goods, Lawn and Garden, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , |

Whoa! Did that winter fly by that fast? Was it because we were anticipating the snow and it never came? None the less, it was still icy cold, windy and at times a tad bit rainy. March has come in like a lamb so it’s time to pull out the rakes, brooms, and wheelbarrow, etc. and do the Spring clean up.

Get Your Gift Card

By |December 5th, 2019|Categories: Christmas, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays - Here's a little something to spread some cheer with this season. Get your free $5.00 Gift Card to use at Goffle Brook Farms in Ridgewood N.J. Shop Christmas Trees | Garland and Roping | Wreaths | Poinsettias – Holiday Home Decor and much much more.

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The Christmas Holiday Collection

By |December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Christmas, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Get your home ready for the return of children who have flown the nest, visiting family, and cherished friends. Growing up in Ridgewood I did a lot of shopping at the little mom-and-pop businesses that were in town. As a kid, this is where I would buy my Christmas presents and learn about money and spending. It was perfect because the stores were all nearby, each had a unique atmosphere, I knew the people that worked there, and sometimes I would even see my friends at the store. I loved this shopping experience, and have very fond memories of finding treasures to give my family over the holiday season.

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Why we do what we do

By |October 8th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Hard Goods, Herbs, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Plant Care, Recipes, Seasonal Color, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , |

When we first saw this facebook post on Stacie Cahn Greenhouse's Facebook page our jaw dropped. I thought to myself "Oh my gosh, this is exactly what Mom and Dad strived for when they started Goffle Brook Farms 51 years ago. A place where happiness flourishes, where their's growth and friendships made, a place where their is love, kindness and laughter in the air."

Should I fertilize my lawn in the fall? Absolutely! Here’s why and what to use.

By |September 30th, 2019|Categories: Hard Goods, Lawn and Garden|Tags: , , , , , |

Most lawn experts agree that a fall fertilizer application is a good idea in cold-weather climates where winters are a period of dormancy. While lawn care companies and manufacturers of granular and liquid fertilizers recommend fertilization, independent scientific studies from university programs do confirm that late summer and fall are especially good times to fertilize turf lawns.

Apples for Eating and Baking

By |September 21st, 2019|Categories: Recipes, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s not my imagination, those crates of apples at the Goffle Brook Farm’s farmers markets are looking might tasty. There’s Honeycrisps, McIntosh, Golden Supreme and Cortlands to choose from. Nothing says nutrition better than freshly picked apples. Apples are a simple, delicious and nutritious choice for a snack or dessert.

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Decorate with Pumpkins This Fall

By |September 16th, 2019|Categories: Lawn and Garden, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , |

Everyone loves the jack-o’-lantern. Spooky, silly or just plain cute, the carved Halloween pumpkin is a staple for the front porch in October. Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is a popular Halloween tradition that originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland. Back then, however, jack-o’-lanterns were made out of turnips or potatoes;

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Capsicum annuum – Ornamental Peppers

By |September 7th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , |

Within the scope of gardening, some plants blur the boundary between being simply and stunningly beautiful and being edible. Capsicum annuum, ornamental pepper, is definitely a case of an edible, making the crossover to the ornate.

Fall Containers for Home and Business

By |September 4th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , |

Ah autumn is in the air, the nights are getting cool and soon the trees will begin to transform into displays of reds, purples, oranges and yellows. Sometimes we lament this passing of another garden season, but why. Instead welcome a new one. Use Mother Nature's palette of autumn colors to your advantage and extend your gardening season by providing color and interest in an otherwise-subdued landscape.

Bacon Honey Sriracha Corn On The Cob

By |August 7th, 2019|Categories: Recipes, The Farmers Market, Vegetable Gardening|Tags: , , , , , , , |

During the dog daze of August nothing screams “grilling season” more than corn on the cob. Fresh, local grown, juicy and bursting with flavor, this summertime staple is a must have at any cookout. Granted you can’t go wrong with butter, salt and herbs; if you want to add some pizzazz to the meal try this twist on corn on the cob using sriracha, bacon, honey and hot peppers.

Super Summer Sizzlin Sale

By |July 30th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , |

Our Super Sizzlin Summer Sale is heating up! Save on garden decor, pottery, containers and plants. We have merchandise in almost every department on sale!!! If you want to spruce up your porch, patio and/or beds on the cheap, the best time to buy plants, containers (potted or not) and garden decor is now. Again, these deals will remain while supplies last or through August 5th! So make sure to stop by and visit us soon!

Cherry Fluff Echinacea

By |July 29th, 2019|Categories: Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Plant Care|Tags: , , |

Gardeners who love unusual and unique contrasting color take note, this coneflower, Echinacea Cherry Fluff, will add pizzazz and interest to any garden bed. With an explosion of bi-colored blossoms from mid-june through September it will provide interest all season long. The centers of the blossom are bright lime green radiating outward and having pale pink colored petals with contrast with its stunning olive green foliage.

Mid July in the Farmers Market

By |July 13th, 2019|Categories: Herbs, Perennials, Recipes, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The food you purchase at our farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. By incorporating a local farmers market into your routine will help you to reconnect with the seasonal cycles of nature in our region.

Garlic Scapes Pesto

By |July 11th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Perennials, Recipes, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , |

Garlic stalks, commonly called “garlic scapes” are available in our farmer’s market. Perhaps you’ve seen them but weren’t familiar with what they are and their many uses. These thin, curly, vibrantly green stalks come into season in the late spring and early summer, and often are sold by the bunch. Garlic scapes are the stalks that grow from the bulbs of garlic plants.

Pollinator Week

By |June 17th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , |

Join us in celebrating pollinators! Monday, June 17 marks the beginning of Pollinator Week, a national celebration of the amazing invertebrates that are vital to the health of ecosystems and agriculture. It’s a perfect time to celebrate the birds, bugs and lizards that are so essential to the crops we grow, the flowers we smell, and the plants that produce the air we breathe.

The Potting Shed

By |June 12th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , |

New this year at Goffle Brook Farms is our Potting Shed wherein you can create your own stunning containers for the porch, patio, or garden with expert help and advice right at your fingertips. Choose your plants, select your potting mix and/or soil, don't forget the fertilizer, add a tad of mulch to help keep the growing medium moist and if you want to fancy it up you can choose a small unique piece of garden decor to liven it up.

Give the Gift of Gardening

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , |

Father’s Day is approaching and this is an excellent time to show the dads and father figures in your life how special they are to you. Whether you’re celebrating a dad, stepdad, grandfather or other father figure, make sure he knows how special he is and what he means to you. Spend the day at the Garden Center: We’re not just a store, we’re a destination for plant lovers everywhere. We’ll be open on Father’s Day and you’re welcome to bring your dad and spend as long as you like enjoying the fresh air, the stellar garden displays, and just being yourself…

Tropical Plants

By |June 8th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , |

Tropical plants are plants that originated from the tropical regions of the world and are known for their bold textures, vivid colors and rich scents. These plants are the perfect way to add a tropical flair to your gardens and patios. Tropical landscapes are known for their wide mix of leaf and flower diversity. Our Garden Center is fully stocked and you can find everything from unique foliages and blooming tropicals such as Hibiscus, Mandevillas or Bougainvillea, to Dipladenia and more.

Homemade Herb Butter

By |May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Perennials|Tags: , , , , |

This Homemade Herb Butter is a delicious way to add fresh flavor to almost any dish! Many of us already have our herbs planted now that the weather is superb and there are still those planting herbs yet and filling in spaces while its early in the growing season. The other day in my garden bed while applying mulch around the herbs in my raised beds I caught a whiff of rosemary and oregano from my young plants, and oh was it a delightful and enchanting whisper of things to come.

Citronella Mosquito Plant

By |May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , |

Citronella (Mosquito Plant) is actually a citrus-scented geranium, which is a great patio plant, especially in containers. You may know it under a variety of commony called names such as citronella plant, mosquito plant geranium, citrosa geranium and Pelargonium citrosum. The plant produces a pleasant smelling citronella-like scented aroma that wafts upon a slight breeze adding a delightful scent to the air.

Late May at the Garden Center

By |May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, our garden center is bursting at the seams with spectacular displays of colors, hues, textures and foliage; provided by Mother Nature herself. From annuals and perennials for planting in beds to potted container plants for the porch and patio, plus all the garden necessities to ensure your selections grow to their full potential, Goffle Brook Farms is your one stop shopping destination for all your lawn and garden needs.

Companion Plants – like a good neighbor

By |May 7th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Perennials, Plant Care, Seasonal Color, Vegetable Gardening|Tags: , , , , , |

Try to think of your garden beds as your neighborhood. Just as in the area you live in, good neighbors make for a pleasant atmosphere to live within. One helps the other, this one can do that and that one can do this; and we all prosper. Well, plants are the same way…

Gifts for Mom

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Lawn and Garden, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

If you’re searching for gardening gift ideas for Mother’s Day, look no further! A mother who loves to garden would love any of these thoughtful gifts. From plants to planters, unique and stunning garden decor, helpful tools, and more, everyone is sure to find something for their mother at our garden center/farmer’s market.

Easter Flowers and Decor

By |April 18th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Hard Goods, Lawn and Garden, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , |

Goffle Brook Farms celebrates the start of the spring season with a beautiful assortment of Easter flowers. We sell breathtaking lilies, tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils that are sure to brighten up anyone’s day! In addition to our individual plants, we have pre-made Easter flower arrangements and baskets that serve as an easy decorating piece. During your Easter flower shopping, be sure to browse the store for all that’s new this season!

Earth Day 2019

By |April 18th, 2019|Categories: Hard Goods, Lawn and Garden, Seasonal Color, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , |

Celebrate Earth Day 2019 and get a free pack of seeds to plant. Make it a family affair and involve the children. Earth Day is a valuable educational resource for children to be explored and experienced and what a better place than at our garden center.

Garden Decor and Accents

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: Hard Goods, Lawn and Garden, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , |

Show off your style and add the finishing touches to your landscape and garden beds with our unique selections of art to suit any style, from cottage garden to classic estate. Home design doesn’t end inside your home. When it comes to adding style to your property, don’t forget your yard, porch, and patio and garden beds.

Container Gardening Success

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Hard Goods, Herbs, Plant Care|Tags: , , , , |

Pots and planters are for more than just decoration – container gardening can be a great way to grow vegetables easily and successfully. Container gardening is also a great and educational way to interact with children, after all what child doesn’t like getting their hands dirty and learning at the same time?

Getting Ready for Spring

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: Container Gardening, Hard Goods, Lawn and Garden, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , |

February feels like a turning point in the garden. Sure it is still cold outside, but there are signs heralding spring’s imminent arrival all through the garden beds. The garden seems to slowly start coming to life again, after a few months of dormancy. At first glance you sometimes see no change, but upon looking closer, ahh there it is. A tiny stem with an unfolding leaf basking in the late winter's sunlight.

Thank You for 2018

By |December 26th, 2018|Categories: The Farmers Market|Tags: , , |

Our sincere thank you for another wonderful year. We are especially happy to see how involved the younger generation is getting into gardening! During the past year we’ve made so many new friends, welcomed old acquaintances, and were blessed with a multitude of memories and smiles and good spur of the moment chat sessions.

Ridgewood Landmark Ornaments

By |December 9th, 2018|Categories: Christmas|Tags: , , , , , |

Goffle Brook Farm has the perfect ornaments in stock this year, our Ridgewood landmark ornaments make perfect hostess and teacher’s gifts! Limited Edition RWD ornaments featuring Village landmarks including the Ridgewood Tree Lighting, Warner Movie Theatre, Ridgewood Post Office, Schoolhouse Museum, plus 1 logo types, Ridgewood NJ, WOOD.

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees and Decor

By |December 1st, 2018|Categories: Christmas|Tags: , , , , , , |

Buying a real, fresh-cut Christmas tree at a local business is as much about the experience as it is about the purchase; and shopping for one at Goffle Brook Farms is a memory you’ll cherish for years. We have a large selection of both Fraser and Concolor Christmas Trees, all fresh cut and of different sizes to suit all your holiday decorating needs.

Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

By |November 17th, 2018|Categories: Christmas|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It’s almost time. Santa’s helpers at Goffle Brook Farms are getting ready for fresh cut and live Christmas Trees which will be available starting November 22nd for your holiday decorating. Donna and Jen are looking forward with gleeful anticipation to seeing all the new friends they made this summer at the garden center farmer’s market shopping this holiday season.

Hawthorne NJ 8th Annual Green Fair

By |September 18th, 2018|Categories: Perennials, Plant Care, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , |

Goffle Brook Farms was honored to be a participant in the Hawthorne N.J. 8th Annual Green Fair. The purpose of the fair is to educate the community about sustainability—social, economic and environmental aspects—as well as buying locally, resource conservation, and health and wellness. Goffle Brook Farms shared a booth with Lincoln Landscaping of Franklin Lakes, promoting native plants in the landscape.

Vote For Us!

By |August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , |

Goffle Brook Farm has been nominated as a top family destination in the 2018 Winnie Family Favorites awards! We work hard each year to provide our neighbors and customers with quality, delicious, and healthy foods for them and their families to enjoy each day. We take great pride in what we do for our community, and if you're wondering how you could help us out just by making a few clicks, here's how...

Fresh Bean and Corn Salsa

By |July 31st, 2018|Categories: Hard Goods, Recipes, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

One way you could use up our tomatoes and Jersey sweet corn is in a fresh home-made batch of salsa! There are so many ways to make salsa the way you like it, our recipe we'll be sharing is black bean and corn, but you can make this recipe any way you'd like by adding or removing the corn, beans, cilantro, and whatever else you might not like in salsa. If you do like all of those ingredients though, you're in for a treat with this tasty salsa.

How do butterflies pollinate plants

By |July 26th, 2018|Categories: Container Gardening, Perennials, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , |

But the best part of sharing your plants and flowers are when welcome visitors such as this lovely butterfly pay us a visit for a sip of nature’s nectar in its purest form. Putting on a dazzling display of aeronautics they dart to and fro choosing what color tickles their fancy. The numbers of these pollinators are being reduced in alarming rates by habitat loss, through urbanization and the overuse of pesticides.

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Preparing Cucumbers and Pickles

By |July 12th, 2018|Categories: Hard Goods, Recipes, The Farmers Market, Vegetable Gardening|Tags: , , , , , , |

Cucumbers can bring great yields in a garden and it can be a hard task to figure out what you’re going to do with all of them. Thankfully there are a lot of great and healthy ways to gain all the health benefits cucumbers offer us while also making them even tastier in the process. There are many types of cucumbers you can choose from either at farmers markets or when purchasing seeds, but for these recipes we recommend using kirby or persian cucumbers as they will typically provide you with quality, crunchy pickles.

Fresh Produce

By |July 6th, 2018|Categories: Hard Goods, Recipes, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There's nothing else like it to put a smile on your face. Shopping at a Farmer's Market. The sights and sounds of customers chit chatting while divulging in locally grown produce. The aromas of fresh fruits and vegetables wafting on a summer's breeze. Children grabbing a grape to munch on when no ones looking. And then there are the benefits...

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Useful Herbs in the Garden

By |June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Container Gardening, Hard Goods, Herbs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There are plenty of useful and beneficial herbs you can grow in your garden. Herbs can be used in many ways, whether culinary, medically, or enjoyed in a cup of tea. Aside from the common uses of herbs, you can use certain herbs while they're growing in the ground. Some herbs can provide protection within your garden by repelling certain insects from attacking other important plants. Just placing your herbs near certain plants can be a great way to organically control pests while also providing yourself with fresh seasonings for many meals!

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Plants that are new on the horizon

By |April 11th, 2018|Categories: Container Gardening, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , |

One of the greatest pleasures I get out of my chosen profession is getting to meet with the local growers and distributors of plants and flowers. Herein is a list of my six favorite new and seldom used flowers for seasonal color and container gardening.

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What to do with Easter flowers

By |April 9th, 2018|Categories: Perennials, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , |

So you brought home or someone gave you an adorable pot of miniature daffodils or extremely fragrant hyacinth or maybe you received a potted Easter Lily at church and they produced gorgeous blooms for a week or two. But now what do do with these beautiful indoor bulbs after flowering?

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It is time to garden again

By |March 17th, 2018|Categories: Container Gardening, Hard Goods, Herbs, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , |

As anyone who travels Goffle Road knows, it isn’t spring until Goffle Brook Farm in Ridgewood puts out its pansy display. That’s been the tradition since Richard and Dancy Osborne opened the place in 1968. Our reopening this year is special, both within our hearts and with our many customers and friends as this marks our 50th Anniversary serving Bergen County.

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Check out Our Gardening Calendar!

By |March 14th, 2018|Categories: Plant Care|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Timing is a key to a successful garden that produces plentiful blooms or plentiful fruits. Starting and maintaining a garden can seem very overwhelming, as there are many tasks that need to be done during the upcoming spring months. However the winter is the best time to start planning ahead, and with proper preparation, research, and by planning ahead of time, you will have great success in your garden this year. To help you along the way with your planning, Goffle Brook Farm has created a garden calendar for Spring 2018 in the Mid-Atlantic area.

New American Lawn Program

By |March 13th, 2018|Categories: Hard Goods, Lawn and Garden|Tags: , , |

Gone are the days that four bags of fertilizer are purchased in the spring to JUST feed your lawn. Over the course of time we have learned that taking care of your soil is just as important, no more important, than feeding your plants. Okay I am going to get a bit technical here so stick with me. It has taken me years to sum up what I am about to share with you. So here goes:

Spring Soil Preparations

By |February 7th, 2018|Categories: Container Gardening, Plant Care, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Wow time flies! We are only a tad over month away from our re-opening for the 2018 garden seasons. So get your garden books out and your thinking caps on. Recall what worked last year and what didn’t; but irregardless of whether it worked or not, it won’t work unless the soil is ideal for plant growth.

Perennials, Biennials, and Annuals

By |January 20th, 2018|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Perennials, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , |

One important aspect of gardening is understanding the differences between certain plants. One key distinction between plants includes their life cycle, which effects when you will have to replant. Understanding the differences of plants' life cycles will help you better understand the growing cycles of plants

Fragrant Indoor Lavender

By |January 8th, 2018|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Perennials, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |

The scent of lavender is one very prominent quality of it, but besides that, there are many other forgotten qualities of the plant. Being one of the easiest herbs to grow, lavender requires little in terms of pest control or fertilizer products and once it's established, rarely needs water. Its scent is very soothing and prominent, making it a great indoor plant just for the fresh scent it brings with it. Its essential oil is also an ingredient in many aromatherapy products, such as lotion, perfume, and candles.

Chicken and Dumplings

By |January 4th, 2018|Categories: Hard Goods, Recipes, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , |

While this freezing weather keeps you inside, chicken and dumpling soup is a perfect way to warm everyone in your house up and make the best of the winter. Chicken and dumplings are a hearty, delicious and a classic dish for many. There are many different ways to enjoy chicken and dumplings, so feel free to experiment and add your own favorite spices or vegetables to suit your own tastes.

Kiln Dried Firewood

By |December 30th, 2017|Categories: Hard Goods, The Farmers Market|Tags: , |

Kiln dried firewood is dried by being placed in a heated chamber at very high temperatures which removes water. The kilns used have been adapted from lumber drying kilns so they can dry firewood much quicker. These firewood kilns usually will reach 160 degrees with some reaching over 200 degrees. Kilns can dry firewood to below 20% moisture content in under 72 hours.

Closing Time

By |December 28th, 2017|Categories: The Farmers Market|Tags: , |

With the year about to wrap up, Goffle Brook Farms would like to thank anyone who helped out by supporting our business this year. We have met so many great people in the store this year and hope to see you all next year, along with new faces. We loved being able to provide you with fresh, tasty, and healthy locally grown food

Christmas Decor

By |December 14th, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , |

Decorating for the holidays is one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit. For any last minute holiday decor needs, Goffle Brook Farms has plenty of decor you can add in around the home to add more holiday cheer. No matter what holiday style you are going for, we have plenty of varying decor perfect for all and any Christmas needs.

Caring for your Christmas Tree

By |December 13th, 2017|Categories: Christmas|Tags: , , , |

Caring for a live Christmas tree doesn’t have to be a stressful event. No one wants to spoil the holiday season, but Christmas trees in the home can present a fire safety issue. A primary concern with a Christmas tree is fire danger, often brought on by the combination of electrical malfunctions and, in the case of a real tree, a drying tree.

Poinsettias and Plant Care Tips

By |December 5th, 2017|Categories: Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , |

If you're looking for a beautiful potted plant for this Christmas season to have around the home, poinsettias are a perfect choice. These plants provide a beautiful mix of red and green, perfect for Christmas decor in any home. Along with their holiday appeal, they are also quite easy to tend to and will last for quite a bit of time. They make for a great gift around Christmas too for anyone who enjoys gardening!

Christmas Tree Care

By |November 25th, 2017|Categories: Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , |

Looking for a dense, lush, and green tree for Christmas? A fraser fir tree is a perfect candidate for all of those. This gorgeous looking tree serves for a classic Christmas look and is a perfect tree for decoration. While there are many choices to pick from when choosing a Christmas tree, a fraser fir is the best tree to choose for anyone looking for a large, visually appealing tree this Christmas.

Ridgewood Holiday House Tour

By |November 17th, 2017|Categories: Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , |

The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood will be holding its Holiday House Tour on Thursday, November 30th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The tour, which is a charity event, will feature unique homes located in Ridgewood and the surrounding communities, dressed up for the winter holidays. The House Tour is the largest fundraiser hosted

Thanksgiving Honey Treats

By |November 10th, 2017|Categories: Hard Goods, Herbs, Recipes, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , |

Honey is a perfect way to sweeten up any dish you choose this Thanksgiving. Whether you choose to use it on the turkey, the stuffing, or the rolls, Goffle Brook Farms has all the honey you could possibly need for this Thanksgiving and any other cooking needs. The honey available at Goffle Brook Farms comes right out of New Jersey and is absolutely delicious. Spread it on your toast, drink it with your tea, or maybe try it with one of these irresistible honey treats?

Winter Squash Orzo

By |November 1st, 2017|Categories: Hard Goods, Recipes, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , |

Winter Squash Orzo Pasta is such a simple, delicious dish full of healthy goodness that is squash. The best part about winter squash orzo is that there are so many different types of different winter squash flavors for you to change this recipe to your liking. For this recipe we will be using butternut squash, but you can swap it out and adjust the spices for any other type of winter squash you want to try in this recipe.

Crafting Autumn Decor

By |October 15th, 2017|Categories: Hard Goods, Lawn and Garden, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , |

Autumn is a great time to decorate not only your home but the interior of your home. This year Goffle Brook Farms has plenty of great autumn decor in store. Along with that, Goffle Brook Farms is going to be teaching how to make pumpkin centerpieces and let you make your own at Goffle Brook Farms.

Pumpkins for Carving and Eating

By |October 15th, 2017|Categories: Hard Goods, Recipes, Seasonal Color, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , |

It's the time of the year to carve spooky pumpkins... Goffle Brook Farms has all sorts of shapes and sizes of pumpkins for this fall season. Pumpkins are not only great as a Halloween decoration, but you can cook many delicious recipes with pumpkin... here are just two we thought we would share for you pumpkin lovers!

Outdoor Autumn Color

By |October 5th, 2017|Categories: Perennials, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , |

You might not think so, but autumn can actually be one of the most colorful seasons in some areas. Fall can be hospitable to a great amount of colorful plants. Depending on where you live, you will be able to plant lots of beautiful, vibrant plants in the fall months. So here is a big list of ten vibrant flowers you could add to your garden right now!

Outrageous October Specials

By |September 30th, 2017|Categories: Container Gardening, Hard Goods, Herbs, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Plant Care, Seasonal Color, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Even though it's fall Goffle Brook Farms is still taking advantage of this nice early fall weather, and has lots of great deals and lots of produce in stock... we have so many great fruits, vegetables, and flowers in store, with great deals to go with them

Autumn is for the Lawns

By |September 18th, 2017|Categories: Hard Goods, Lawn and Garden, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , |

Fall is one of the best times to start planting cool season grasses in your lawn. Early autumn retains the warm soil temperatures from summer months, which is great for cool season grasses. Cool evenings paired with warm soil will let your grass germinate and establish quickly, making fall the best time of the year to grow cool season grasses.

Thrifty Thursday

By |August 5th, 2017|Categories: Hard Goods, Perennials, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At Goffle Brook Farms we encourage anyone interested in a wide range of produce, fruit, and herbs to come and check out what we have available this week. Right now is a great time to support farmers markets as well as enjoy some organically grown foods. We hope to see you all this week!

Avocado Corn Fritters

By |August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Recipes, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , |

Corn fritters are a great as well as simple way to enjoy corn. If you can make pancakes, you can make these. However an even better way to enjoy corn fritters is by adding in some avocado. Adding avocado to your corn fritters will add an amazing smooth creaminess to the fritters and enhance the flavor even more, if you enjoy avocados.

Preserving Tomatoes

By |July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Hard Goods, Recipes, The Farmers Market, Vegetable Gardening|Tags: , , |

If your tomatoes are beginning to ripen in the garden, you've probably been thinking of how you're going to preserve all the tomatoes you get. While there are many ways to preserve tomatoes, here are our favorite ways to preserve them and ensure they're fresh for a long period of time and taste great!

Mid-Summer Perennials

By |July 9th, 2017|Categories: Perennials, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , |

There are many flowers that can thrive in the mid summer months, so choosing just a few to plant can be tough. We've picked out four of our favorite perennials to share growing tips on. These flowers are all fairly easy to grow, especially around this time of the year. These vibrant and bright colored flowers are sure to bring nice colors into your garden and attract birds to your yard.

Growing Three Great Herbs

By |June 29th, 2017|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Perennials, Plant Care|Tags: , , , |

Starting a herb garden can be a great way to ensure the herbs you consume are fresh, and it can help save you money! But picking a few herb to start off with can be hard, because of how many unique flavors and different cultivars there are. We've picked out three favorite common herbal seasonings to provide growing insight for, so you can get your very own herb garden going.

Summer Plant Care for Perennials

By |June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Perennials, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , |

One of the best ways to keep your perennial plants looking their best during the hot summer months is to prune your plants consistently. This is especially important to do at all times of the year regularly, but it is most important following a spring with a lot of rain, as your perennials will grow rapidly, sometimes doubling in size, depending on how much rain you get.

Gardening Gifts for Father’s Day

By |June 16th, 2017|Categories: Hard Goods, Lawn and Garden, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , , , |

Father's Day is right around the corner and is a great way to show appreciation for your father, and Goffle Brook Farms has a wide variety of gifts in stock for any father who enjoys gardening. We carry a variety of lawn ornaments and garden decor

Free Soil Test!

By |May 4th, 2017|Categories: Lawn and Garden, Plant Care|Tags: , , , |

We have your lawn covered! Bring us your questions, and bring us a sample of your soil to Goffle Brook Farms (425 Goffle Road, Ridgewood, NJ) on May 7th for a free soil test. We will be joined by Rich Inlay of Jonathan Green, lawn expert, and he will be here from 11am-2pm with lawn care tips, advice, and will also answer any lawn questions you have for him.

Hanging Basket Care

By |April 25th, 2017|Categories: Container Gardening, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , |

Now that the weather is finally breaking and the days are filled with sun and the nights just a tad cool; hanging baskets are making their presence known with spectacular displays of colors, hues, textures and foliage. Hanging baskets, they’ve come a long way and aren’t just for hanging on the deck anymore.

Arugula – its oh so good

By |April 21st, 2017|Categories: Container Gardening, Herbs, Perennials, Recipes, Vegetable Gardening|Tags: , , , |

Arugula is an aromatic, peppery-flavored salad green. Also known as rocket, roquette, rugula and rucola, it’s delightfully pungent leaves have been cultivated in the Mediterranean since time was recorded. Arugula is very low in calories and is high in vitamins A and C. A 1/2 cup serving is two calories. This is one of those great, simple greens to grow at home.

Regal Geraniums

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Container Gardening, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , |

Regal geraniums, also known as Martha Washington geraniums are a plant bursting with very colorful blooms. They're simply great for any garden, and they're fairly simple to grow even with minimal gardening knowledge. These plants look spectacular when put in any containers, hanging baskets, or when planted in flower beds.

Easter Plant Planting Tips

By |April 12th, 2017|Categories: Container Gardening, Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , , , , , |

Many a Mother is gifted with a beautiful pot of tulips to celebrate Easter. Her smile is priceless and the flowers gorgeous; but sadly, all good things must come to an end and after enjoying the flowers for a few weeks, you are left with a pot of dying leaves topped with wilted buds

In the News

By |March 26th, 2017|Categories: Container Gardening, Hard Goods, Lawn and Garden, Perennials, Plant Care, Seasonal Color, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , |

As anyone who travels Goffle Road knows, it isn’t spring until Goffle Brook Farm in Ridgewood puts out its pansy display. That’s been the tradition since Richard and Dancy Osborne opened the place in 1968. On Friday, one week after a blizzard, Kurt Dorsey, plant manager and buyer, laid out the first flowery color riot of the season. “Pansies like it cold,” he said.

Seasonal Color in Bergen County

By |March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , |

Early spring color makes those last winter harrahs a bit more bearable. Find out what plants can add early spring color to your garden at Goffle Brook Farms. For many gardeners, annuals are a go-to solution for many garden needs. Annual flowers are a quick way to fill empty spots in flowerbeds, and early-blooming spring annuals make great additions to container gardens.

Gardening with Native Plants

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: Lawn and Garden, Perennials|Tags: , , |

Native vegetation evolved to live with the local climate, soil types, and animals. This long process brings us several gardening advantages. Native plants provide multiple benefits to people and wildlife, while contributing greatly to healthy soil and water in urban and rural areas. Native plants attract a variety of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife by providing diverse habitats and food sources.

Vegetable Gardening

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: Container Gardening, Lawn and Garden|Tags: , , |

With more and more families wanting to try growing their own vegetables it is more important than ever to have the best products and knowledge to help them do so with success. Here at Goffle brook farms we carry a wide verity of non GMO seeds, seed trays and seed starting soil. Pretty much everything you need to start your own vegetables seeds.

Why shop at a local garden center

By |February 18th, 2017|Categories: Lawn and Garden, The Farmers Market|Tags: , , , |

There are several ways to approach the acquisition of plants for your new or established garden. You can shop on the internet and see enhanced plant offerings, head over to one of those box stores and hope Bozo the Clown doesn’t offer you advice, don’t laugh, I’ve heard it happen.

Hostas – workhorses in the garden

By |February 9th, 2017|Categories: Lawn and Garden, Perennials|Tags: , |

Hostas - a great perrenial for any garden in the shade. Hostas are great plants for adding texture to any garden and come in a variety of greens, blues, purples, and some variations will have white, yellow stripes. And with so many different sizes of hostas (over 2500!) there is sure to be a spot in your garden for this workhorse of a plant.

Spring Gardening tips for Ornamental Grasses

By |February 8th, 2017|Categories: Perennials, Plant Care|Tags: , |

Ornamental grasses ask so little from gardeners and give back so much. They offer nearly four seasons of interest to our gardens and require hardly any maintenance. That is until it’s time for some spring cleaning in the garden. Most ornamental grasses are perennial performers, and after winter they need to shed their old foliage so they can start growing again.

Gardening with Deer

By |February 8th, 2017|Categories: Lawn and Garden, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , |

White tailed deer are beautiful animals, graceful and elegant when in motion however to the homeowner trying to grow a garden they can be destructive pests. How is a gardener to cope with these adversaries? A blend of deer-resistant plantings and repellants can help to maintain your garden. Deer-resistant planting is not an exact science. There are a few hard and fast rules because deer behavior and taste preferences vary from place to place, and even season to season.

Impatiens and Downy Mildew

By |February 7th, 2017|Categories: Plant Care, Seasonal Color|Tags: , , |

Impatiens are one of the standby color selections for shady regions in the landscape. They are also under threat from a water mold disease that lives in soil, so check those shade annuals carefully before you purchase. There is a tough disease of impatiens (called downy mildew) that is species specific and will kill the plants.

Pollinator Gardens

By |February 7th, 2017|Categories: Lawn and Garden, Perennials|Tags: , , , , , |

Pollinators, such as most bees, some birds, bats, butterflies and other insects, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Examples of crops that are pollinated include apples, squash and almonds. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds

Orchid Care

By |July 31st, 2012|Categories: Plant Care|Tags: , |

Orchid Care Stereotyped as being difficult plants that require the temperature and humidity extremes of a tropical rainforest. Although some orchids do need these conditions, most can be grown under normal household conditions. [...]

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