MCFC CSA 2014 shares available

Support your local farms and eat organic this summer: Join a CSA!

Montclair Community Food Co-op CSA is now taking applications for the 2014 season. Beginning June 13th and running 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, also egg and herbal shares available as add-ons.

Two choices for registration:
Print out PDF form in BOX to right and mail in with check.
Use online system accepting credit cards through Brown Paper Tickets & Paypal. Click on the button to the right. Registration is until June 4th!

CSM: Medicine Share

This year MCFC has added an additional optional CSA- the CSM, Community Supported Medicine Share through Lancaster Farmacy.

Lancaster Farmacy,  offers Community Supported Medicine (CSM) shares, which features the freshest certified organic herbal medicine harvested and prepared with care in Lancaster County, PA

Lancaster Farmacy’s mission seeks to grow and provide local organic medicine for our community. Our goal is to support our bioregion by securing the opportunity for all living beings to have access to food and medicine. We are reclaiming our health by growing our own medicine and restoring the knowledge of natural healing traditions.

CSM Shares consist of a once-monthly delivery of 3-5 hand crafted herbal products, fresh/dried herbs and a beautiful newsletter containing information about utilizing them for keeping you and your family healthy throughout the year.

Variable with the season, you may receive items like detoxifying and digestive support tonics, healing skin salves, freshly infused therapeutic skin oils, fresh and dried beneficial tea blends, rejuvenating bath salts, and tinctures.

Sign up for your share when you register for your CSA produce shares through the Brown Paper Tickets or use the paper form in the BOX.

Seeds of change school garden grant

Dear Fellow CSA members!

Bullock Elementary School, the sustainability magnet school in Montclair, has an opportunity to win a large grant for their school garden!

“We sent in our submission yesterday and today begins the critical voting phase. Only the top 50 organizations with the most votes make it to phase 3 where the judges will pick the winners. Please help our chances by voting for our submission. Copy the following into your browser:

Then search for the school under Bullock, Montclair, NJ or zip 07042.

Every person can vote once per day starting today through April 21. Please help by voting as often as you can. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Hello, spring!

Happy spring! Today is the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, letting us know increasing daylight and warm temperatures are on it way! A reminder that summer is also ahead! Time to think of summer plans and CSA’s.

MCFC is featured in article on front page of the community section of the Montclair Times! Great to see promotion of local CSA’s! Continue reading

Gearing up for a new CSA season

Our farmers, Amy & Gerry have just returned from Brazil, where Gerry’s family is from. They are now sprouting seedlings in the greenhouse and getting ready for spring.

We are finalizing the CSA schedule for the season.
Forms should be ready within a week.

Look for MCFC CSA mentioned in a Montclair Times article next week!

Changing the way we eat:TEDxManhattan

Today, March 1, TEDxManhattan, will host “Changing the Way We Eat” ( featuring a dynamic group of speakers addressing issues in sustainable food and farming.

Tune in at

10:30am until 6:30pm Eastern.
Click for the day’s schedule.

Friday Pie-Day: Satsuma-imo Pie

Satsuma-imo pie:  Japanese Sweet Potato custard pie

Japanese Sweet potato pie in a dish mimicking the oval shape of potatoes. Japanese Sweet potato with their beautiful red skin above.

Japanese Sweet Potato Custard Pie & Japanese Sweet potato with their beautiful red skin above.

Japanese sweet potatoes have a beautiful red skin and pale flesh. The flavor is more mild and delicate than the orange varieties. A popular snack food in the fall and winter in Japan is roasted sweet potato. Take that warming winter food inspiration and put it into a custard pie. Most of the ingredients can be sourced locally: Sweet potatoes, eggs, cream & maple syrup. Check the farmers market, Whole Foods or get in on our next bulk winter delivery.

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and baked or boiled until soft
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream or coconut milk
  • 3 eggs or 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp dark rum
Mash up the cooked sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, one at a time, beating with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour into an butter pie pan for a crustless custard pie. If you love pie shell then pour into an unbaked pie shell. Brush a layer of egg yolk or water and sugar for a shiny surface. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool completely. Top with whipped cream (optional).
This custard is delicious on its own without baking. Omit eggs and reduce sweetener slightly and serve.