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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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:
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.
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.