Organic spot similar to Whole Foods

Jon Friedland, a retired money manager then living in Manhattan, just wanted to see a movie that didn’t require advance reservations. He found that at the theater in Closter. Friedland didn’t, however, expect that the trip also would lead to buying a farm in Closter.

More on how that happened later.

Today Friedland, a 53-year-old married father of four, owns Closter Farm & Livestock Co., a bucolic, 7-acre farm right off Closter Dock Road that he bought in the winter of 2019. His farm grows and sells certified- organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, flowers and chickens as well as grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, and organic milk, cheese and eggs. It is the only certified-organic farm in Bergen County, and one of only 68 organic farms in the Garden State, according to a 2019 USDA survey. New Jersey has more than 9,000 farms.

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