September CSA.

Autumn has arrived. Hooray! And this month’s box will feature some popular fall favorites. This is what is planned for your box this month.
EGGPLANT – An heirloom variety that has a beautiful white skin with light purple stripes.
APPLES – a bag full of a wide variety of apples. Some of these apples are for baking, so they will have a softer texture, some are for eating, so they’ll have the juicy, crunchy texture you like, and some are popular for cider. No matter which variety, ALL of them are great for baking, juicing, or making into apple sauce. Have some fun comparing the various varieties, as you’ll be surprised at how different apples can be. Please note, don’t be afraid of the spots on the skin, it’s harmless. If you want to remove the stains, just rub them down with some vinegar. Remember, these are certified organic apples, so there has never been any harmful sprays applied. Varieties included: Striped Harvey, Sweet Sixteen, Bullock, Goodland, Zestar, Wealthy, Beacon, and Haralson
FRESH-PRESSED APPLE CIDER – We’ve been pressing apples and have the season’s first batch of fresh-pressed apple cider. Your CSA includes 1/2 gallon of fresh cider that we pressed yesterday. Since our cider is raw, organic, unpasteurized, fresh cider, we bottle it up in plastic jugs and immediately flash freeze it so it will stay fresh. So you’ll be getting a frozen 1/2 gallon jug.
 
GRAPES – These grapes a unlike any grapes you’ve ever had. They are tart with an intense grape flavor and do have seeds. Normally by this time of year we have had our first frost which sweetens up the grapes.. But so far that hasn’t happened, so the grapes will be a little more tart this year.
VINE-RIPENED HEIRLOOM TOMATOES – a beautiful selection of big, medium, small, red, yellow, orange, purple, and pink tomatoes.
GREEN TOMATOESIn addition to the ripe tomatoes, you’ll find some green tomatoes. You can either let them ripen on the counter, or you can make your favorite recipe of fried green tomatoes.
BEETS –  I have an abundance of beets this year which is why you have been blessed with them for the passed couple of months. I happen to really like beets myself, so I hope you like them too. Remember that the greens are also tasty.
PEPPERS – A combination of sweet and hot peppers, just like last month.
SWISS CHARD – I have a very healthy and ample crop of Swiss chard this year, so you will be seeing a big bunch of this in every box through the rest of the season.
KALE – just like the chard, I have an ample supply of kale. So if you want an extra big helping of either kale or chard, just let me know!
EGGS – one dozen from our happy hens
YELLOW BELLY CIDER – three four-packs each, your choice of any of the four flavors
Happy Autumn,
Debbie
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Autumn on the Farm – Open Saturdays Noon to 6pm through October.

The Cidery and farm is open to the public every Saturday noon to 6pm through the end of October.

Apple-tasting tours every Saturday. Taste the apples as they ripen throughout the season. And of course, enjoy some of our award-winning Yellow Belly ciders.

Take some time to enjoy the beauty of autumn here on the farm, tour the orchard, walk the colorful sugar maple trails, and enjoy a day of fresh air.

HOW TO GET HERE– We are currently experience some difficulties with Google Maps. Do not put our address into google maps, or you will be taken 8 miles away near the Mora airport. Instead, put “Sapsucker Farms” into Google maps and it will take you right to our front door. We hope to get this fixed soon.

For those of you who are venturing out on the East Central Craft Beverage Trail, be sure to bring your stamped passport. Or, if you haven’t started one yet, we can get you started on that as well.

See you on Saturdays this fall!

August CSA Box.

It’s been a fun couple of days of harvesting, and here is what is planned for your CSA box this month.
VINE-RIPENED HEIRLOOM TOMATOES – a beautiful selection of big, medium, small, red, yellow, orange, purple, and pink tomatoes.
BASIL– the perfect complement with the tomatoes. Pluck a few leaves to top a big juicy tomato slice, along with a drizzle of olive oil, a slice of mozzarella cheese and a dash of salt and you have a caprese salad. Or grind it all up in a food processor for some pesto.
BROCCOLI FLORETS you’ll find a very small portion of broccoli. I have learned its a bit of a challenge to include broccoli in a monthly CSA. All of the broccoli sprouted these beautiful heads of broccoli about 2 weeks after the July box was done. It was delicious…. I only wish the timing is right so I could have shared it with you. I am, however, sharing the little florets that have been sprouting, but there just isn’t a lot sprouting right now. So I opted to include a small portion rather than no portion at all. That work for you?
BEETS – Conversely, I have an abundance of beets. I happen to really like beets myself, so I hope you like them too. Remember that the greens are also tasty.
CARROTS – A nice bundle of carrots of all different sized, including some rather entertaining shapes.
MELONS – So…..I discovered there is a toothy and hungry creature that has been munching on the melons. According to the evidence, it appears to be bigger than a chipmunk but smaller than a dinosaur. I’m thinking that Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog is taking a summer vacation inside my hoophnouse. ARGH! I managed to scrounge up exactly one melon for each of you. A couple of them have some scratches on the skin, but the wounds aren’t deep. The surviving melons are of several different varieties, so you’ll get your pick of grabbing whichever one looks most interesting to you. The good news is that there are still some more melons growing out there. It is my hope that I’ll be able to nurture them to maturity and protect them from Phil, so perhaps there will be some melons for you next month. Fingers crossed.
PEPPERS – A combination of sweet and hot peppers, just like last month.
CUCUMBERS – a couple of them for you to enjoy
SWISS CHARD – I have a very healthy and ample crop of Swiss chard this year, so you will be seeing a big bunch of this in every box through the rest of the season.
KALE – just like the chard, I have an ample supply of kale. So if you want an extra big helping of either kale or chard, just let me know!
EGGS – one dozen from our happy hens
YELLOW BELLY CIDER – three four-packs each, your choice of any of the four flavors
In other news, this Saturday August 25, we will be having a Monarch Butterfly Release event. Starting at 3pm we will have a 10 minute presentation, then we’ll be releasing the mature butterflies. We will also have exhibits of all stages of butterfly development. Hope you can join us for this special event. And just a reminder, the farm is open to the public every Saturday through October from noon to 6pm for farm tours, nature walks, and tastings of farm products.

We Welcome a New Addition to the Family!

INTRODUCING

YELLOW BELLY LEMON BASIL HARD CIDER 

Many of you have enjoyed our lemon basil on tap at your favorite restaurants. Now you can enjoy it in 12 oz bottles. Now rolling out in stores in Minnesota and Utah.

Cider season is here, and we are ready with four delicious flavors, all grown on our farm.

 

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!

 

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

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.

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