What's in season this week (June 29th):
Despite the heat, local farmers are now offering beautiful heads of broccoli and cauliflower from Amish growers in Lewis County. Try cutting broccoli into spears, toss them in olive oil and sea salt, and grill them until the edges are crispy. You can also roast them in the oven on a sheet pan.
CONNECTING FARMERS WITH BUYERS
our online marketplace is now open
Our new retail option makes many of our great products directly available to local consumers. Simply register as a retail customer and begin filling your online cart. For your convenience, we've pre-packed reusable bags with the best of local North Country seasonal products. Choices include our delicious Breakfast Bag, seasonal Fruit and Veggies Bag, and a Snack Bag. You can also add a la carte items to your order, ranging from grass-fed steaks to shiitake mushrooms to fresh bread.
Orders may be placed only during a limited window each week. This allows our farmers and producers time to list new products. Ordering begins Wednesday morning at 7:00 am and concludes Sunday evenings at the stroke of midnight. We then pack your order and deliver it to your chosen pickup location on the following Friday. To save on costs, we ask that you return your bag each week so that it can be reused.
At checkout, specify which pickup location you will use in the notes section. Pay online with your credit card. You can then pick your order up on Fridays at one of our distribution locations in Lewis and Jefferson County. Pickup locations include:
- The North Country Welcome Center in Alexandria Bay (2-4 pm)
- Hidden Pastures Dairy in Glenfield (4-6 pm)
- Autumn Ridge Goat Farm in Turin (4-6 pm)
- Cummings Farm in Turin (4-6 pm)
- Hopenhagen Farm in Copenhagen (4-6 pm)
- West Martinsburg Mercantile in Lowville (3-5 pm)
Are you a wholesale customer? Be sure to choose wholesale when you register for an expanded list of products, sizes, and delivery routes. As always, wholesale orders will be delivered for FREE directly to your location if you are on one of our routes. There is no minimum order. Upon registration, simply select the delivery day for the location in which your business resides. The ordering window begins on Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m. and ends on Sunday evenings at the stroke of midnight.
The North Star Food Hub is a regional initiative that serves farmers in Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties. The Food Hub works in collaboration with the respective Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations and New York State Agriculture and Markets to help local producers expand their production and become more competitive in the marketplace.
The North Star Food Hub's Steering Committee provides guidance and recommendations on development, implementation, and operational aspects of the Food Hub. The project is currently funded through a NYS grant, administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.
Black River Valley Natural Foods, based out of Lyons Falls, NY has been retained to provide staffing and assist local producers in the four-county region to expand existing markets and find new markets for produce, value-added products and meats.
Cornell Cooperative Extension provides technical assistance and education to producers and many local food activities, such as the North Star Food Hub.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County administers public funding for North Star Food Hub and offers agriculture-based education programs and technical assistance for local growers. Topics range from obtaining GAP’s certification, accessing the NYS Grown and Certified program, navigating the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Produce Safety Alliance – Grower Training Workshops, and marketing local foods. For a list of upcoming agriculture programs being offered, please click here.
Or, contact Cathy Moore, CCE Jefferson Agriculture Program Leader at 315-788-8450, email email@example.com
For those perhaps unfamiliar with the organization, the Commissaries are stores, similar to supermarkets, that are operated by the United States Defense Commissary Agency.
Their main focus is to provide military service members and their families with familiar food products wherever they are stationed, both abroad and at home. Beginning in the spring of 2017, North Star Food Hub began supplying the Fort Drum Commissary with local produce and value-added foods. Not long after, the North Star Food Hub expanded into other Commissaries throughout the Northeast. Now, soldiers and their families are able to choose from products such as produce, beef jerky, vinaigrettes, and honey, all sourced from North Country farmers.
4012 Center St. PO Box 407 Lyons Falls, NY 13368
Funding for North Star Food Hub is supported by the New York State Senate, granted by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.
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