Wednesday, March 5, 2014
2. Ethics! We are very focused on the life of all of our livestock. We do our best to mimic natural behaviors. All of our meat animals are raised on pasture, with regular rotational grazing. We do not transport our livestock off-farm for butchering, instead preferring to keep their stress levels minimal and using on-site practices. We source our feed from a local feed mill, who prioritizes freshness, quality, and supporting local grain farmers.
3. Options and Convenience! Not only can you get 4 different share types from us, but you can add on eggs, beef and veggies from our partner farmers. Plus, it allows you to customize your share based on your needs. Love chicken and beef? Go with those two shares! Eat mostly veggies, but like a little meat? Get a Lineage Farm share and add on a monthly mixed-meat from us! With pick-ups collaboratively in Albany, Copake, Brooklyn, and Poughkeepsie- so many people have the opportunity to join in the fun.
4. Your Dollars Matter! By buying through us, you can support 3 local farms! Each of the operations is run by young farmers, seeking to bring back agriculture on a small scale, using smart healthy growing practices. We can't express enough how important our CSA support is. We are able to make sure that we don't drop our high standards through your deposits, and show just how much support there really is for sustainable agriculture. Did you know, the average age of a US farmer is over 55? Young farmers need to build their businesses, to ensure there is food for generations to come! Keep your money locally, and see how that improves your community!
5. Knowing Your Food! In an age where we constantly see news reports of misleading ingredients- even mislabeled meats, cancer-causing additives, overuse of antibiotics... you can ask us ANYTHING! We are here for you, to answer questions, give you the information you need to make informed decisions- and you can visit the source! We try to be transparent and informative. And we're always seeking to improve! We're not just focused on the bottom line, we're focused on quality, sustainability and community.
Convinced? Fill out your forms and get your deposit in today- and feel free to email us anytime with questions!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Kim and I do not celebrate Valentine's day, we never have. It's not really a political statement, just a choice we have made. For a partnership like ours to work, we have to shower each other with kind thoughts and sweet sentiments all year. It makes the hard days easier not to save up your romantic gestures once a year. Of course, romance to us may be a little different, there is nothing like your partner offering to scrape rabbit cages or lock up the hens at dusk in my book. No judgement on those who do celebrate, its just a choice for us.
Truly though, the best gift either of us could recieve at this point would be from the love of the universe, an ease in the winter weather. We respect the seasons, and know the value of snowfall and cold. But boy, have our shovels and wood bins been heavy. We are ready for the thaw and mud, for seed and chicks.
The greenhouse is a tiny window into seasons changing. So far, despite wind, sub zero temps, feet of snow and low light- we have salad greens hanging on. They arent growing tall, granted...but the slightest shift of weather may bring that. Amonst the rubble of pots and summer storage is a small pen, with 4 tender lambs. They have taken residence there under our watchful eyes and for bottle feeding convenience. The greenhouse, attached to our kitchen has windows that overlook the lambs, who bleet the second they hear you, hungry or not. Few things say spring much like lambs, I picture them bounding them through that bright, lime green early grass. In that fantasy the farm is free from its storm debris and the hen house has been cleaned. The rabbit cages are spotless, the goats' pasture is restrung. New chicken coops are built and painted and new piglets are lounging in the sun, winter pigs now residing in the freezer.
There is wisdom in not rushing seasons, finding the beauty even in your exhaustion and exasperation. All things are temporary. But tonight I'm day dreaming for the changes of spring, for winter's demise. I love the cold and snow but feel like a child who has had too much dessert... sick with the sweet confines of winter's work.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
We have been ordering from FEDCO seeds for a million years. Some folks are partial to Johnny's or other places, but something about that scratchy catalog, with it's wordy descriptions and hand drawings just hits the spot for me. Plus, I like knowing we're supporting a cooperative. We love the etchings in the rough paper journal so much they are framed on our wall. This year, with the transition out of the vegetable biz, we luxuriously skipped vegetables we know don't do well here, rather than struggling to find an alternative that may come through for the CSA. We focused on our favorites, bought things we didn't *really* need, but wanted to eat through the summer in copious amounts anyway. See ya later, peppers! Screw you, water melon! Hello, sweet, tomato after tomato... more kale please!
I think you know you have made the right choice in your business when the joy starts to come back, pushing the stress aside. Farming is never going to be easy, but it seems to us that by focusing on our successes- we are in for a much more enjoyable year. I can't wait to fall back in love with the garden. And, eat my weight in the prime products, rather than salivating while setting them aside for the CSA.
Of course, all of that will only come when the 18 inches of snow we're staring at are a distant memory...
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
As many of you know, we have phased out our vegetable operation for next year... but we are SO excited to offer vegetable shares through fellow sustainable farmers Jon and Jen at Lineage Farm. Lineage Farm is a biodynamic vegetable farm in the Hudson Valley. They offer vegetable shares in Poughkeepsie and Brooklyn, and last year were gracious enough to offer our meat shares for their deliveries too.
Lineage Farm members can again pick up any of our meat shares at their drop off locations!
We've expanded our partnership, and the good folks at Lineage have tailored a Capital Region share, available bi-weekly during our meat-share deliveries. If you want to check out Lineage Farm's good work, you can visit their website!
The Capital Region Share will be delivered bi-weekly on either a Tuesday or Wednesday evening (location to be confirmed shortly). Each delivery is sure to be packed with delicious, fresh vegetables- and to check out the specifics, Lineage has provided us with this brochure to share with you!
Bi-weekly pick ups of pork, chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, rabbit, eggs, and now vegetables- it's a pretty amazing opportunity!
Plus, when you work with us, you are supporting up to 3 local farms depending on which shares your choose- so you can really feel good about your purchases. You money is supporting small agriculture, AND getting you delicious products.