East Central MN Local Food Fair – Saturday April 20, Noon – 4pm.

Join us on Saturday, April 20, Noon – 4pm for the first-ever East Central Minnesota Local Food Fair. It’s your chance to meet the local farmers who are raising sustainable, healthy food, and learn more about their operations. Featured farmers are: Nelson Grass Farm, Ogilvie; Yellow Hutch Farm, Braham, Fresh Starts Farm, Mora; Abrahams Table Farm, Sandstone, and of course, yours truly, Sapsucker Farms, Quamba. 

Farm products for sale include: pasture-raised poultry, pork, beef, fresh eggs, maple syrup, honey, or sign up for a CSA, which is a subscription for fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits during the growing season.

In addition to the local farmers, you can learn more about how to grown your own produce, you can ask the Master Gardeners from Kanabec County and Pine County, find out about garden plats available with the Mora and Pine City Community gardens, and find out more about the Mora Area Farmers Market.

Stroll through our new cider barn, enjoy a Yellow Belly cider, and engage with local food growers. Fun for the whole family. We hope to see you on the farm.

 

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Now Open on Saturdays Noon – 6pm

The new Cider Barn

Our new building is complete and operational. We still have a few more tweaks to do inside, but we are ready to serve cider. Our new business hours for 2019 are:
Now through April 30th – Saturdays Noon – 6pm
May 1 – October 31 – Saturdays Noon – 6pm
Sundays 1pm – 5pm
November 1 through December 31 – Saturdays Noon – 6pm
Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the adventures on the farm and al of the events we have planned this year.

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2019 Maple Tree Tapping – Saturday March 23rd 10 am

Spring is here and it’s time to tap the maple trees. Come join us on Saturday March 23 starting at 10 am to help tap 1,000 trees for this year’s maple syrup season. It’s a fun time for the whole family, and a great way to cure cabin fever. Free lunch of chili and fixin’s to all workers who come and join us.

Wear your grubbies and mud boots, and plan to get dirty. Of course, dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Hope to see you here at Sapsucker Farms.

2019 Whole Farm CSA

Enjoy all of the goodies grown and produced here on our farm. Here is how it works:

Monthly CSA – pick up your CSA here on our farm once per month from May through October. There are a total of six CSA boxes for the season.

What’s included1/2 bushel of fresh-picked certified organic produce grown here on the farm. Each month the produce will be different, depending on what is ripe and ready to pick.  Three four-packs of Yellow Belly Cider, in any combination of flavors as you like. One dozen eggs – if you haven’t had fresh eggs straight from the farm, this is a real treat. 

The price – $330 for the season, six CSA boxes to be picked up here at the farm on a monthly basis.

How to sign up – Easy to purchase, just order through our online store, or contact us via email farmers@sapsuckerfarms.com if your have additional questions. 

MUST BE 21 TO PURCHASE. ID’s WILL BE CHECKED AT PICK-UP. CSA option without the Yellow Belly cider can be also be arranged.

To get a sense of what to expect, take a look at the 2018 whole farm CSA and see what was included each month.

Here are the crops that are being planted this year. Please note… just because these are the crops being planted, does not guarantee that all crops will be successful. Always remember that farming is a risky business, and we thank you for supporting our farm.

Greens: arugula, salad mix, spinach, romaine lettuce, heirloom butter crunch lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, and more

Brassicas: green and red cabbage, broccoli, Asian greens: bok choy, Chinese cabbage, and kohlrabi 

Peppers: several varieties, sizes and colors, of sweet peppers and hot peppers

Tomatoes: 10 to 12 different varieties of colorful, beautiful vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes, ranging from cherry tomatoes to mega-sized beefsteak

legumes: green, purple, yellow beans, edamame soy beans, peas

Root vegetables: carrots, beets, onions, scallions, turnips, rutabaga, radishes

Fruits: apples, grapes, melons, rhubarb

Fresh herbs: Rosemary, basil, lemon basil, oregano, sage, thyme, and more

Squash/cucumbers: a couple of different cucumber varieties, 3 to 4 different varieties of zucchini, and several classic winter squash varieties

Sprouts/shoots: sunflower shoots, and pea shoots

Other stuff: ginger, cucumbers, shiitake mushrooms, eggplant, herb and vegetable plants for your garden

 

 

December Hours.

Yes, we are open during the holidays! Stop by, enjoy some cider and pick up some wonderful Minnesota gifts: maple syrup, honey, wild rice, and Minnesota gift box.

Hours for December 1 – 29, 2019 (closing for the season on 12/22/18)

Saturdays noon – 6pm       Sundays 1pm – 5pm

Hope to see you on the farm.

The Story of Two Yellow Bellies.

It’s been a flurry of activity the past 24 hours since Omnipolo, a brewery in Sweden, announced that they received a Cease & Desist for the use of the name Yellow Belly on their famous Imperial stout. Yellow Belly Imperial stout is a collaboration with Omnipolo and Buxton Brewery in the UK and has gained a significant fan base over the past five years. Their attention-getting packaging – cloaked in a KKK robe – also delivers a unique, anti-racism message. Hats off to Ominpolo and Buxton for both their innovative thinking, as well as a making a really good beer.

The problem, however, is that here in the USA, we own the trademark for “Yellow Belly” so fans of their Yellow Belly, jumped to the conclusion that we were the ones filing the C&D. So we started getting some pretty nasty messages from frustrated fans. Nope. It wasn’t us. We eventually learned that it is a brewery in the UK who is behind it, and we really don’t know any more details than that.

We have been very aware of the other Yellow Belly for a long time. In fact, here in Minnesota, we work wth the same distributor too. And even though we own the US trademark for the name, the two Yellow Belly brands (ours and theirs) are so different, that we felt we could easily co-exist. We also liked what they are doing, so we have not felt the need to pursue any legal action. However, that does not mean that we aren’t concerned about protecting our trademark. We are protective of our trademark and we do keep an eye on what is happening here in the USA and evaluate each situation as it arises.

So why are we not concerned in this situation? As you can see, their definition of Yellow Belly is that of a coward who acts anonymously which is a signifying trait of institutionalized racism, thus the KKK robe. Our definition of Yellow Belly is a woodpecker, a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, which exemplifies the products on our farm. There is no confusion between these two brands.

Since this story broke, we have been in contact with Ominpolo and we really appreciate their help in straightening out the confusion regarding the parties involved.

On another note, don’t be too quick to demonize the brewery who did issue the C&D. After all, they do own the European trademark, and none of us know any of the details involved in the case so we need to be fair to them as well. Likewise, Omnipollo and Buxton Brewery should have been more cautious about potential trademark infringement.

Meanwhile… for those of you who have never heard of our Yellow Belly, now that you are on our website, take a few minutes to browse through our products, and if you get a chance to try our cider, we know you will be very pleased. Also, it is the holiday season, and our Minnesota maple syrup, honey, wild rice, and Minnesota gift pack make delightful gifts for your loved ones, and you can buy it right here on our online store.

Wishing everyone a blessed holiday season.

It’s not us!

It has been brought to our attention that there has been a cease and desist sent to Omnipollo for the use of “Yellow Belly.” While we do own the USA trademark for “Yellow Belly,” WE HAVE NOT FILED THE CEASE AND DESIST. It is our understanding that it is a brewery in the UK who has issued the the C&D. Here is a link to the legal filing in Europe.

So rather than getting upset about the situation and directing your ire (erroneously) toward us, how about we all just take a deep breath, slow down, relax with one of our delicious, award-winning Yellow Belly ciders, and practice some Minnesota Nice. Now doesn’t that sound fun? Oh yah, you betcha!

 

Open for the Holidays.

We are happy to announce that the farm will be open for the holidays starting November 24th through December 23rd. Our hours are:

Saturdays Noon – 6pm

Sundays 1pm – 5pm

While we are still under construction, you can enjoy the warmth and space inside our new building and get a sneak peak at what it will be like when construction is complete.

Stop by to pick up some terrific Minnesota grown gifts (maple syrup, wild rice, honey, Minnesota Gift Box) for your loved ones, and relax and enjoy a Yellow Belly or hot fresh cider inside our new, warm building. Dogs on leash are welcome. Get your East Central Craft Beverage Trail passport stamped too.

Here is a sneak peek inside the new building. Hope to see you on the farm this holiday season!

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