Blue Moon Acres began 23 years ago, in 1992, in Buckingham, PA. The farm’s first effort was as a CSA and then quickly transitioned into micro greens sales to restaurants - locally, in Philadelphia, and New York City. While high-end quality micro greens remains its top priority, Blue Moon Acres purchased a 63-acre certified organic farm on agriculturally preserved land in Pennington, NJ in 2007 to expand its product line. In 2007, the farm was simply “a field with fencing.” Initial development started with utilizing three acres, including building a shed and a barn. Today, 25 of the 63 acres are in active production.
Scott Morgan has been Pennington’s Blue Moon Acres Grower and Farm Manager since day one of the purchase. Under Scott’s ultra dedicated “beyond organic” leadership, the vision is to continue to expand the farm in sustainable ways, with a major focus on soil rejuvenation through soil microbiology.
Scott values and appreciates the relationship of the farm with area co-ops and markets. He says, “Food with local nutrients improves the health of local people through nutrition. It is the foundation of the environmental movement. The producers, sellers, and consumers of our food join in a shared responsibility: there are less trucks on the road; we’re trapping carbon in the soil; and we’re keeping the streams cleaner.”
Ashley Lyons Putman is the eldest daughter of Blue Moon Acres founders Jim and Kathy Lyons, and serves as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Ashley says that her parents remain actively involved in the business, both working 7 days a week, “giving their all to the farm which they consider as another entity – another being in the family.” Ashley characterizes her father as the Research and Development department and as “the mad scientist” who is always creating, testing, and repeating. Ashley says of her mother, “The aesthetics are all hers – the herb garden, the flowers, the creative event and market arrangements.”
About growing up as the child of these extraordinarily talented individuals, Ashley comments, “I had an ideal childhood; a full childhood; it was a perfect foundation for me. … As for my father’s experiments with developing a pasteurized growing medium for the micro greens, they were all done in our house, using the oven, so our home always had a strangely inviting smell of baked earth – our own Eau de Lyons.”
You will have two opportunities to stop by the co-op to try a variety of Blue Moon micro green samples: Friday, July 3, during our Fun First Friday festivities, from 4:30 – 6:30 and then again on Thursday, July 16, from 4:30 – 6:30.
As our producer of the month, all Blue Moon Acres products are 20% off throughout July.
Find out more about Blue Moon Acres at their website: bluemoonacres.com.