MCFC CSA 2014: Fresh Fridays!

Support your local farms and eat organic this summer: Join MCFC CSA Fresh Fridays!

Montclair Community Food Co-op CSA begins June 13th and runs until Nov 14th. Fresh, local organic produce will be conveniently delivered to Montclair every other Friday for you and your family. In addition to produce, egg and herbal shares available as add-ons. Here are the costs for the season:

$300 for 12 deliveries of fruit
$300 for 12 deliveries of vegetables
$103 for 24 dozen eggs
$210 for 6 deliveries herbal share
plus $40 support fee

Print out PDF form in BOX to right and mail in with check by June 4th to be included in the first delivery. Orders received after this date will be included in the next delivery. Pro-rated orders must be received by the FRIDAY before the next delivery in order to allow the farmers planning time.
Local honey also available for pre-order. See form in BOX.

Online registration through Brown Paper Tickets is now closed.

MCFC Fresh Fridays: July 25th 2014 Delivery #4

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a suggestion for storing a csa delivery

A new member inquired how to store the huge box of produce we receive from Hepworth Farms every two weeks.  There are tons of different ways to organize the produce and keep it as fresh as possible for as long as possible.  But I just thought I would share what has been working for us over the past 6 years.

Re-used plastic bags, kitchen towels and labels.  Labels!

our fridge after the last delivery

our fridge after the last delivery

I’m a little embarrassed to show my fridge.  It’s not pretty but it is functional.   I can also say, on this day of another delivery, I didn’t have any produce spoil from the last delivery and the only vegetables I have left are 1 cucumber and 1 zucchini.

On delivery days, once I get the box home, the greens, lettuces and herbs get priority by being wrapped in a kitchen towel, put in a plastic bag and labeled.  The greens get the best space in the fridge.  Then I move onto the harder, heavier vegetables that require fridge space.  They get the same towel, bin, label and get stuffed wherever there is leftover room.

Labels are key for our fridge.  If we don’t know what’s in the bags, there’s no point if they are staying fresh because they are forgotten.

How do you store your bounty?  We’d love to hear your ideas!

Delivery #4-  Hopefully on the road to us at this very moment!

Have a wonderful Fresh Friday!

MCFC CSA 2014: Delivery 4 Reminder

MCFC CSA 2014: Delivery Reminder

This Friday is a CSA delivery.
See you between 12 pm & 6 pm at 108 Orange Road Montclair NJ.

  • Return your clean bin & bag.
  • Check off next to each item on sign-in sheet
  • Please take your garbage with you.

The selection and amount of produce in a weekly share varies by season, by the farmer’s crop plan, the different types of vegetables growing throughout the season, and by daily availability. Shares are typically larger in August than in June. One aspect of CSA is sharing the risk of farming; there is no guarantee of how large or varied the shares will be each week. Enjoy the diversity, the assortment and the varieties each delivery.

New Honey Harvested by Bee My Honey Apiary

is this what your honey supply looks like?

is this what your honey supply looks like?

The time has come.  The wait is over.

Bee My Honey Apiary harvested their first honey of the season

and it is ready for sale.

Our beekeeper, Michele, said “the girls got into a floral source that produced darker honey this year. So yummy.  This year we started a new apiary at an organic farm near our house.  We are also hoping to get some fall honey from these girls.  Did you know it takes honeybees two million visits to flowers for one pound of honey.  AMAZING!”

Place your honey orders now!  See FORMS “powered by box” to the right of this post for Bee My Honey Apiary form.

Bee My Honey is collecting their empty glass honey jars!


Wrong Direction Farm to deliver local pork products to the MCFC

Wrong Direction Farm plans to make two deliveries to Montclair this season on  August 8th and November 14th.  Some order forms will be available at the July 25th delivery.  Please direct all questions to the farm.  They will be in charge of everything- orders, payment and delivery and pickup.

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A message from the farmer:

The Perozzi family raises beef cattle, pigs, and poultry at Wrong Direction Farm in New York’s Mohawk Valley.  We are pleased to be partnering with the Montclair Co-op this year to provide our pasture raised pork.  Our pigs live in the fields and hedgerows from spring thaw until early December.  During that time they are moved at least once a week to fresh ground giving them plenty of forage and room to run around and to be pigs.  During the winter, the herd moves into a greenhouse bedded with wood chips and hay, but they usually choose to spend a lot of their time outdoors anyway.  The pigs’ foraging is supplemented with certified organic grain (corn, oats, barley, field peas mixture), whey from our neighbor’s cheddar cheese-making, and produce scraps from the Capital District Farmers’ Market.  To learn more about the farm, check us out at our blog and website at or on Facebook.  We love to talk about pigs, farming, and food, so feel free to get in touch.

MCFC CSA 2014: Delivery 3 Eggs

Our eggs today from Hidden Nest Egg farms were from Pastured chickens feed GMO-free grain & beans! Enjoy your farm GMO-free, pastured, fresh eggs.

Members who DID NOT pick up eggs today or did not pick up their owed eggs from previous deliveries, please email immediately to arrange pick-up as we have limited storage space to hold eggs.

MCFC Fresh Fridays: July 11th 2014 Delivery #3

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