Bobolink Dairy - Milford, NJ
Some of the fabulous cheese you can find at Bobolink. 

Some of the fabulous cheese you can find at Bobolink. 

We took a trip to Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse back in December. It was cold, wet and lovely. Bobolink believes in letting their cows roam. In fact, their motto (and website) is "Cows Outside." They're 100% grass-fed and you can tell with the taste of their raw milk cheeses. They make wood-fired breads and even offer classes on bread making, which I hope to take one of these days.

Bread as it was baking in the wood-fired oven.

Bread as it was baking in the wood-fired oven.

They do tours almost daily and are open year round. Definitely wear your mud-worthy boots when you go - you go where the cows go. Cooper, their farm dog, also goes on the tour as your guide. When he's not roaming around with the cows, he's guarding the chickens.

Cooper.....their chicken-guard.

Cooper.....their chicken-guard.

If you can't get to Milford for a tour, be sure to check them out at the Farmer's Markets in Raritan NJ, Pleasantville, NY and Manhattan (Both Tucker Square & Union Square). For a full lineup, check out their site here. 

Know before you go:

  • Boblink's Farm Market Hours are M, W, Th, Fr 12-6 and Sat, Sun 9-5. They are closed on Tuesdays.
  • They are open all year round
  • If you take a tour, bring boots you don't mind getting VERY dirty.
  • Check out special events and classes here.

I'm Catherine, a small-space urban gardener in New Jersey (Zone 7a) who started gardening out of upcycled wooden wine boxes. For years, I wanted to try gardening, but didn't know where to start. I got up the nerve to give it a try - starting small with a single wooden wine box that turned an idea into reality. That reality quickly turned into my filling every sunny inch of space of my postage-stamp size lawn and turning it into a garden oasis. I grow mostly vegetables and herbs with some exception for fruits (when the squirrels and rabbits don't get to them first). I love learning from gardening communities (and lots of trial and error).

I hope one day to take all that I'm learning and apply it to a larger plot of land. To help me get there, I'm extending my learning through the University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture's, Sustainable Food & Farming program. (I'm addicted to learning as much as I am to gardening.)

This blog isn't just for gardeners (although I hope it inspires some of you to try growing a plant or two). The recipes (food & cocktails) in theRecipes section of this blog contain ingredients that don't have to come from your own backyard. If you like visiting your local farmer's market(or even your grocery store) and would like to get some new recipes you can use with the fresh produce and herbs you get from your local growers, this blog will have plenty for you too.

In addition to gardening and cooking, I also love to visit and photograph my surroundings. I feel fortunate to have so many amazing places here in New York/New Jersey, where I live and work. Visits to local farms, farmer's markets, and cycling through rural farming areas help me feel connected and refreshed. share these experiences in theExploring section of the blog so that you might visit through proxy or be inspired enough to visit yourself. 

With very few exceptions, all of the photographs on this site are ones I have taken myself. (For the photographers out there, I shoot with a Canon 7D and sometimes with my Lumix  DMC-ZS15 compact camera.) 

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Happy Gardening and Healthful Living!

- Catherine