Maple Syrup Available for 2012

Maple Syrup from Circle C Maple Farm was a big hit last year, so we’re happy that Joseph and Cathy Cicero have a new harvest for us to enjoy. The funky spring weather (is it 80°? is it 30°?) was not ideal for maple sap, but enough juice was flowing to leave some inventory for us.

This year we have plenty of Grade B Quarts available for $21, and a small amount of dark amber and medium amber in pints ($13), quarts ($21), and half gallons ($35).

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We’re asking members to pay for their syrup at our first distribution on Tuesday, June 5. Syrup will then show up a week later, on June 12.

This Maple syrup is all natural, organically processed from a family-owned farm in the Shawangunks Mountains.

Did you know? Sap is mostly water. Starting with approximately 2.5% sugar, the sap is boiled down to 67% sugar to make maple syrup. It will take 42 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.

The Ciceros do not use a vacuum to suck sap from the trees — they don’t overtap or damage the trees. Sap just drips out of the tree one drop at a time … over 46,000 drops to get 1 gallon of sap.

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New for 2011: Natural, Organic New York Maple Syrup

We’re glad to announce the availability of New York State Maple Syrup this year from Circle C Maple Farm.

Circle C is nestled in the Shawangunks Mountains — “The Gunks.” Joseph and Cathy Cicero are the owners and maple producers. Joe has been a member of the NY State Maple Producers Association since 1993.

For 18 years, Joe and Cathy produced syrup exclusively for their family. In 2010, they offered their syrup for the first time to CSAs, including Southside CSA, just across the Williamsburg Bridge. This year, the Ciceros expanded their production, and are offering syrup to restaurants and more CSAs in Brooklyn. (Grand Street CSA would be their first offering in Manhattan!)

This Maple syrup is all natural, organically processed from a family-owned farm in NY State.

Circle C offers both Grades A and B syrup (Grade A has a lighter color and milder flavor) in half-gallon ($30), quart ($20), and pint ($12) containers.

CSA Members can order online here: goo.gl/hPNmj

We’ll be accepting payments at our first vegetable distribution on May 31 (and will hopefully have some samples to taste). Syrup will be available only once, at our second distribution on June 7.

Sign up now! Inventory is limited!

Woodbrige Pork Coming this Fall

Woodbridge Farm has let us know that their pork shares will soon be available again, a little earlier than the past two years.

Woodbridge Farm also raises heritage pigs. These animals are fed certified organic grain, supplemented by vegetables from our garden and whey from our cheese making process. They enjoy 2 acres of woods as their home and root and sleep as they are naturally meant to.

Their “Mini Pork Share” for $150 will be made up approximately of the following cuts and weights:

  • Pork Chops – 3 lbs
  • Country Style Ribs – 2 lbs
  • Sausage (hot, mild or breakfast) – 2 lbs
  • Shoulder Roast – 3.5 lb
  • Ham Steaks – 3 lbs
  • Bacon – 3 lbs

Please let Dave and Julia know directly if you want a share by emailing them at woodbridgefarm@sbcglobal.net. Payment can be made at the time the pork is delivered.

Distribution dates should be Oct. 5 and Oct. 26.

And remember, there are also Woodbridge Farm beef shares available. Sign up here.

More Chances for Beef Shares this Year

If you missed our grass-fed beef sign-up this spring, you’ll have a few more chances to participate. Woodbridge Farm will be providing us with beef over the next three or four months, and you can sign up whenever you have the urge. The order form below has the details:

Grass-Fed Beef Coming on Saturday

If you ordered organic, grass-fed beef in March from Kezialain Farms then it’s on its way!

Delivery is coming this Saturday, June 12 at the Abrons Art Center at 1pm. If some people have difficulty getting there this Saturday at 1pm, Meghan can store your beef in a cooler in our cold room at Donnybrook (37 degrees). It’s not a freezer but those big cuts off beef will not defrost quickly and she will have them on ice. (Meghan may also be able to store 1 additional share in her home freezer.)

Please bring an additional $7 in cash for delivery cost. The beef packages will vary (different cuts of steak etc) and we will be giving them out on a first come first served basis.

Email Meghan if you have questions or really really can’t pick up on Saturday.

CSA Extras: Eggs and Pasta

Our fruit farmer, Elizabeth Ryan, also operates Knoll Krest Farm, where some really happy hens live, making really happy eggs. Knoll Krest hens are free-running, hormone-free, antibiotic-free (and have been for over 50 years). They are in the process of transitioning to free range.

   Full share (12 eggs/week): $80
   Half share (6 eggs/week): $40

In addition, Knoll Krest offers fresh pasta handmade using flour (white and whole wheat), eggs from their own birds, and juiced fresh local vegetables (carrot, beet, spinach, and sweet red pepper).

   Pasta share (12 oz./week): $90

Since eggs and pasta are delivered together with our fruit, those extras will have the same schedule: starting a week later than vegetables and skipping a week early on (when there’s no fruit), for 21 weeks total.

CSA Extras: Fruit

Last summer was a difficult season for fruit farmers in the northeast — all the rain in June not only washed out many early summer berries, but also altered the growing pattern of different varieties of pears and apples later on. Last year was also our first time partnering with a fruit farmer, and the first year that Breezy Hill Orchards was working with CSAs, which made for some miscommunication about what fruit we’d be getting each week.

Nevertheless, we ended up with some delicious stone fruits in the middle of the summer as well as a bounty of apples into autumn, and the reports from our end-of-season members’ survey were mostly positive. We’ve also had some very productive conversations with Elizabeth Ryan of Breezy Hill, and feel confident that our second season (weather permitting) will be much better than our first.

One thing you should know is that Breezy Hill is not organic — in the northeast, pests are not controllable without some spraying. The apples are certified Eco Apples, which is a particular program of integrated pest management where prevention, traps, beneficial insect predators, and other methods are used to control pests, and chemical pesticides are used only as a last resort. Plums, pears, and peaches are easier to grow without pesticides, and some berries get no spray at all. But in the northeast, it’s impossible to grow apples that way.

The other thing you should remember is that Breezy Hill is an orchard. We’ll be getting rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, and pears — but make no mistake, we’ll be getting lots of apples.

   Full share: $210
   Half share: $105

The fruit season starts one week later than our vegetables, and will take a week off within the first month when there’s nothing to harvest, so we’ll be getting only 21 weeks of fruit.

CSA Extras: Cheese

Farmer Dave has finally come through on his promise to make cheese at Woodbridge Farm, and is offering a dairy extra to the CSA. Artisan cheese recipes akin to Gruyere, Tomme, Washed Rind, Feta, Camembert, and Chaource (to name a few) will be delivered each week along with our fresh vegetables. (When available, yogurt may be substituted for cheese.)

   Full share: 1/2 lb. per week — $180
   Half share: 1/4 lb. per week — $90

Look for an announcement soon about how to sign up.

Organic Beef! First-Come, First-Served

Kezialain Farm in Westtown, NY will be offering us certified organic, 100% grassfed beef in early June. They are offering us a 20lb mixed package or a 10lb ground beef package, delivered vacuum packed and frozen. If it seems like too much for your freezer, consider sharing with a neighbor! If we are happy with the beef there can be options in the future for 40lb packs, eighths or quarters. More details are on the beef order form.

There are only 4 cows being processed this time around. Although that means 1600+ pounds of beef, we are competing with many other customers since orders will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. So, our apologies for such an immediate deadline, but after speaking to our farmer (who seems so authentic and lovely) it seemed necessary.

The form we’re linking to here needs to be 1) printed out and filled out by you 2) mailed, along with a check to Martha at Kezialain Farm by Wednesday, March 17.

For those who miss the deadline: We will touch base with Martha after the 17th and if more beef is available we will let you know.

There is a total delivery charge of $100 which will be split among everyone who orders (not to exceed $10/head). We will let you know how much that is before the delivery so we can collect the remainder at the delivery.

Please stay tuned for more information regarding FRUIT, EGG, AND CHEESE shares! We can’t wait for this season to begin!