About the Farm
Great Road Farm makes its home on 112 acres of beautiful, preserved farm land in Skillman, NJ 4 miles from downtown Princeton. About half of these acres remain wild and wooded while the other half are split into fields. Equine breeding and training operations take place there, and 2012 marks our first season with 3.5 acres in vegetable crop production.We want to bring familiar favorites to your plate, while expanding your palate. 120 varieties of vegetables will come from these fields this year: from arugula to zucchini, micro-greens to salad mix. Our growing methods focus on flavor and sustainability, using bio-intensive techniques on permanent raised beds and building the soil through cover cropping and crop rotation. We follow the guidelines and philosophy found in the article “Beyond Organic” by Elliot Coleman. With diversification as a priority, we’re also raising chickens for eggs. In upcoming years, we plan on expanding our operation to include fruit, paw paw trees, and perennial crops. And as stewards of our farmland, we are also stewards of your health providing nutritious, wholesome food under the guidance of a thoughtful and deliberate food safety program.
Agricola offers a refreshing twist on rustic American dining.Every dish is bursting with flavor sourced locally or grown on our nearby farm. Our welcoming service and attention to unexpected details provide a comfortable escape from the daily routine, so even our first-time guests feel like beloved regulars. Whether you share a special evening with friends in our wine cellar, delight with colleagues and loved-ones in our dining room, or enjoy a regional craft beer at our festive bar, you will not experience a more lively, unforgettable Princeton gathering place. Call 609-921-2798 to make your reservation.
About the Farmer
Steven Tomlinson is a farmer focused on healthy and flavorful vegetables that arrive in Agricola’s kitchen and beyond.Working with a healthy ecosystem is what drives this farmer’s passion. After graduating from Pratt Institute he worked for artists Christo and Jeane Claude to build an expansive installation titled “The Gates” in Central Park, NYC. Working on such a large project left a lasting impression about how a strong idea can bring community together. Furthering his career as a independent artist and designer, he co-founded a design company that valued creativity and problem solving. Steven now spends his time “designing” ecological systems, raising chickens, crop planning, building greenhouses, weeding, planting, and attending farmer’s markets. Steven completed a Permaculture Design Class, along with working on organic farms, which bridged the gap between design and local food production. Steven looks forward to strengthening his local community by growing healthy and flavorful vegetables that end up on the plates at Agricola.