Cidery and Farm Market open Saturdays Noon – 6pm Aug-Oct

ANNOUNCING EAST CENTRAL CRAFT BEVERAGE TRAIL

The craft beverage producers in East Central Minnesota have come together to form the East Central Craft Beverage Trail.  We are the only Cidery in the group, so we hope you will stop by, tour the farm, check out our farmers market and sip on some delicious Yellow Belly hard cider.

Sapsucker Farms Hours of Operation

August – October 2018

Every Saturday, Noon – 6PM

We don’t have a tasting room, but we do have a beautiful farm. Come and tour the farm, see the orchard, the garden, chickens, enjoy some fresh air, and enjoy some cider too.

Hope to see you on the farm!

 

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July CSA Box.

The garden veggies are doing well, so once again, the box is overflowing with goodness. Here is what you will find in your box this month.
Yellow Belly Cider – Three four-packs of your choice of any of the four flavors. Yup, you heard me right. We now have FOUR flavors, and you, dear CSA members, get the first, exclusive taste of our new Lemon Basil cider. To be announced very soon!
Red cabbage – I don’t know why it’s called “red” cabbage, because it’s actually more of a purple color. So whatever color. Either way, it’s crunchy and sweet.
Beans – a colorful bag of a mix of green, purple, yellow, and dragon’s tongue (creamy color with purple striations) beans.
Carrots – I confess, I’m bad about thinning carrots early in the season, which results in crowding. So the carrots are small, but they’re still crunchy and sweet. But you will definitely need to scrub them up as they still have some grit on them.Beets – Funny, I don’t have a problem thinning beets. Perhaps its because the greens are so yummy (which were in your box last month). So this month you’ll find a bundle of bright red beets.
Peppers a mix of sweet and hot peppers. The bright yellow ones are called “Hungarian Hot Wax” and those are hot. The skinny red ones are “cayenne” and those too are hot. But both of them are on the low end of the hot pepper scale. The larger green ones are sweet.
Cucumbers – one ore two for you to enjoy.
Basil – a bouquet of regular basil which you can make into pesto, or add to your favorite Italian dishes.
Sage – this is a savory herb that is most frequently used with poultry dishes.
Kale – a bundle of super nutrition
Swiss chard – colorful greens that can be served raw in salads or sautéed as a side dish
Eggs – one dozen eggs…. For those of you who don’t have chickens in your backyard
Enjoy the bounty and thank you for supporting our farm!
Cheers,
Debbie
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June CSA Box

I guess I shouldn’t refer to this as a CSA “box” since I can no longer fit everything into the box. Good thing our CSA members have a lot of room in their cars when they come to pick up their share.

This month includes: kohlrabi, bok choi, beet greens, rhubarb, radish greens with a few radishes (or Swiss chard), cucumbers, zucchini, kale, lemon basil, and an extra special treat including Smude’s popcorn, which is a collaboration with our neighbors from Northland Automation & Engineering, and Smude’s Sunflower oil in Pierz. In my humble opinion, It is by far the most incredible microwave popcorn ever made. Learn more here. You can find it at Coborn’s, Byerly’s and HyVee stores, so be sure to pick up a pack and enjoy.

Also included are the usuals – three four-packs of Yellow Belly cider in any flavor desired, and a carton of eggs (not pictured).

The July box is looking like it will be overflowing as well.

Saturday June 23 Noon-5pm, Family Day on the Farm

Enjoy the fresh air, tour the farm, walk on the trails, taste some maple syrup, cider, and other farm goodies. Toss some bocce balls and hit some croquet balls, or just relax. Dogs on leashes welcome.

Farm products for sale: maple syrup, honey, Yellow Belly cider, and a limited amount of wild rice and fresh apple cider.

Informational discussion at 2pm for orchardists who are interested in selling apples to us for making cider.

First Whole Farm CSA Box of the Season.

Hello CSA members

Your first CSA box of the season will be ready for pick-up here at the farm, by this Friday 5/25. As I mentioned previously, since this is a monthly CSA, I am very flexible as to which day you would specifically like to pick up your box Friday….Saturday….Sunday …. Monday… Or any day next week. Just let me know when you would like to pick it up so I can have it ready for you (and make sure that I’m home when you stop by).
It’s been a very cold, and therefore, very slow-growing spring, which means that some of the crops I originally planned to have in your first box are just not ready yet. I’ve had a very long, heart-to-heart talk with Mother Nature, asking her to step up her game. She reminded me that farming is a risky business and she really likes to mess around with farmers’ plans, but she will take my humble plea into consideration.
So for now, the first box will be a little skimpier than I had planned. But fear not, with Ma Nature’s cooperation, and the way the crops are kicking into gear now, I know that the future boxes will be abundant, and overflowing with goodness.
With that in mind, here is what you will find in your first box:
Three – 4-packs of Yellow Belly cider, in any combination of flavors you desire (Semi-sweet, Ginger, Barrel Aged)
One dozen farm-fresh eggs –  from our lovely ladies in the hen spa
Spinach – freshly picked… Popeye will be jealous since he only had spinach from a can
Baby bok choi – the tender white stems and the green leaves are terrific for stir fries or salads
Heirloom lettuce – Amish Deer Tongue, yes, really, that’s the name of this lettuce. Despite the name, it’s tender and crunchy at the same time. One of my all-time faves.
Pea shoots – tender and tasty, add them to salads or stir fry
Thai and Purple Basil plant  Two varieties in one pot. Thai basil has a hint of anise, and purple basil adds a splash of vibrant color. You can plant it in your garden or let it grow in your kitchen window
Cayenne pepper plant – can be put in your garden or in a pot on your patio. PS… cayenne is one of the new Yellow Belly flavors we’re introducing this year!
Sweet pepper plant – for your garden or patio.
Thank you for your support of our farm. Wishing you all a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, and I look forward to seeing you here at the farm when you pick up your boxes.
Cheers,
Debbie

Introducing 2018 Sapsucker Farms Whole Farm CSA

We’re going to start something new this year. In the past, our CSA has been a traditional, 18-week, weekly delivery of fresh produce grown on the farm. Now that our operation has grown to include so many different on-farm products, we wanted to find an easy way to offer them all together in one, single package.

Introducing our 2018 Whole Farm CSA. Here is how it works.

One box per month, May – October, a total of six boxes throughout the season, to be picked up here at Sapsucker Farms.

Members receive

  • Three four-packs of Yellow Belly Cider, any mix of flavors desired
  • 1/2 bushel box of Freshly harvested, certified organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown on the farm
  • One carton of eggs from our lovely ladies
  • Pre-tastings of new Yellow Belly cider flavors in development
  • One gallon of fresh-pressed apple juice in the fall
  • Invite to all farm events throughout the season
  • Special discounts on purchases of our maple syrup and honey
  • Newsletter updates from the farm
  • Probably more goodies too, as the year progresses

Pricing

Full share – six boxes (one box per month, May – October) $300 (tax included), to be picked up at Sapsucker Farms.

Single box option – must reserve ahead of time, if product is available $65 (tax included), contact us for details.

Purchase online here.

MUST BE 21 TO PURCHASE. ID’s WILL BE CHECKED AT PICK-UP.

Here is a list of the certified organic crops that are planned this year*: apples, beans, beets, bok choi, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cherries, cucumbers, egg plant, grapes, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, melons, onions, pea shoots, peppers, radishes, rhubarb, scallions, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, squash, sunflower shoots, tomatoes, zucchini, and more.

*As always, Mother Nature is the boss, and critters can be clever, so there is no guarantee that all crops will succeed. But I can guarantee that I’ll work my butt of trying.

We thank you for supporting our farm.

 

The 2018 Festival Season has Begun.

The tasting season is off to a fast start. Here are the Festivals you find us pouring all flavors of our Yellow Belly cider:

January 20, 2018 – St. Cloud Beer Tour

January 20, 2018 – Beer and Bacon, Grand Forks, ND

February 8, 2018 – A Taste of Vasaloppet, Mora, MN

February 24, 2018 – Winter Beer Dabbler, Minnesota State Fair Grounds

See you at the Festivals.

Add some Quamba to your Holiday Season.

Most people have never heard of Quamba, Minnesota. But that is the world headquarters for Sapsucker Farms Organics. Our Yellow Belly cider pairs well with the holidays. Available in three flavors: Semi-Sweet – juicy and tart like a bite of a fresh apple; Ginger – a nice flavor balance of apples and fresh organic ginger root grown on our farm; Barrel Aged – our cider aged in a bourbon barrel for several months, and tastes like an apple dumpling with bourbon sauce. Available at your favorite wine and spirits store throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Ginger is available in Utah as well.

Send the gift of Minnesota to your loved ones this holiday season. Our certified organic maple syrup, and Minnesota wildflower honey is produced right here in Quamba. Our wild rice is harvested from Minnesota lakes and rivers too.

Wishing you all a very blessed holiday season.

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