I love this work.
For several days, I’ve been finding more eggs for you, speaking to farmers and producers about costs, and learning the nuances of winter storage. Let’s dig right in.
Mid-Winter Eggs and Vegetables
We dug deeper for more Vegetables and Eggs – with success. Dog River Farm of Berlin, VT is back with Eggs and Sweet Dumpling Squash, and several other nearby farms will keep us overflowing with Garlic and Shallots through the winter months.
Jericho Settlers Farm has joined our partnership to provide you with Eggs into the future.
Pete’s Greens has started to harvest their Mixed Shoots (Sunflower and Radish) in addition to their Winter Mesclun Mix. What’s better than fresh local soil-grown greens in the depths of winter?
We continue to have fantastic Lamb from Tamarack Vermont Sheep Farm: Half Boneless Butterflied Legs, Chops, Shanks, Stew Meat, and Ground Lamb
Fruit and Nuts
It has been so inspiring working with our partner farmers Tierra Farm on their wonderful dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate. They source from small sustainable family farms that they have maintained a relationship with for many years – very similar to what we do here at Farmers To You. The only difference is that, because we have so few New England grown nuts, they source from all over the world. We decided that even though nuts were not local, we needed to add them to our mix because:
- They are an important source of fat and protein for many of our vegetarian and vegan families
- Tierra Farms shares our ethics and mission around sustainable agriculture and fair pricing, and enduring relationships!
- Given the high value to weight ratio of nuts, dried fruit, chocolate (and coffee),transportation impacts are much less, for instance, than heavy apples or veggies from the west coast.
- The quality is outstanding – these are by far the freshest and most flavorful nuts I have had – period!
That said – weather and climate change are creating some serious supply issues – we have been out of Apricots for some time because these are primarily produced in Turkey where they had a devastating freeze of most of their crop. (this is also why Red Hen’s Apricot Whole Wheat Bread will also not be available until the new crop arrives) Furthermore, a drought in California has affected the Almond, Grape (Raisins), Walnuts and Pistachios. This simply means that the supply is constrained and prices will go up. Because we price based on the cost we pay the farmers, the increase you will see is the increase the farmers need to get to help make up for the loss in volume of their crop. Of course they never do make it up, but every little bit helps.
Apples from Champlain Orchards
Have you wondered why apple varieties from Champlain Orchards come and go from week to week?
Bill and Andrea have perfected the art of winter apple storage, and their story is fascinating. Apples are stored in a number of “rooms” that have controlled atmospheres. Several factors cause apples to ripen: temperature, humidity, and oxygen. If you keep temperature and oxygen at a low level, then the fruit won’t ripen. So now the reason for this explanation …
Once the rooms are opened, Bill and Andrea have to sell all the apples quickly because when the apples hit the normal oxygenated atmosphere – they quickly begin to ripen. And since the rooms have almost no oxygen in them – you can’t breath - so they have to be fully opened and aired out so people can get to the apples to bag them, and send them to you.
This is also why when you get your apples – put them in the fridge right away, as they will keep much longer in cool temperatures.
Fresh Fish Catch from Red’s Best
We were pleased with how our restart with Red’s Best went last week – and would love to hear from you.
This week we will repeat the two categories of fish and scallops, and again on Monday inform you of the actual fish you are getting. Everything comes right from the waters and bays just to your east.
Fresh White Fish Catch
Fresh Flounder Catch
New Soup from Joe at Screamin Ridge Farm
Peppered Cabbage with Nitrate Free Smoked Pork
Pasta from Valicenti Organico
Roasted Eggplant & Tomato w/Mozzarella di Bufala & Basil Ravioli
Toasted Cauliflower w/Golden Raisins & Grana Padano Ravioli
Cracked Black Pepper & Rosemary Tagliatelle
Gluten Free Lemon Thyme Fettuccine
Price changes this week:
Red Hen Baking Company has seen both the price of flour, nuts, and seeds rise significantly of late due to drought and early frosts, so the prices of their bread have been increased correspondingly starting this week.
Eggs – due to the rise in grain pricing and the cost of keeping hens over the winter months, we have raised the price of eggs and correspondingly what we pay to our partner farmers so we can increase our reliability and supply for you.
Raising prices is always difficult as we understand how this affects you, our family partners. We only do this when after lengthy discussions with our partner farmers we both realize that it is necessary to remain sustainable. The difference with the Farmers To You model is that each price is based on the cost of producing an item with the addition of the cost of getting it to you each week. We will never raise a price just because an item is in high demand or short supply.
Thank you for understanding and partnership.
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