The following are only available for members purchasing a Large or Small vegetable share.
If you are interested in splitting any of the optional shares with another member, or if you have any questions/issues with your optional shares, you can always contact email@example.com.
Optional Shares for 2016
Weekly Shares: - Fruit - Eggs - Araucana Eggs - Raw Goat Milk - Raw Milk - Pasteurized, Non-Homogenized, Kosher Milk - Grass-fed Cheeses - goat and cow - Greek and Regular Organic, Kosher Yogurt - Speciality Mushrooms - 100% Grass-fed Ground Beef - 100% Grass-fed Beef and Pork - 100% Grass-fed Beef and Lamb - Kosher Boneless, Skinless Chicken Cutlets - Chicken Legs/Thighs - Ground Turkey
Every Other Week Shares: - Artisan Pasta and Ravioli - Broiler Chickens
Fruit - Hepworth Farms Milton, NY (Weekly Delivery) All their berries are certified organic and are not sprayed with pesticides. With the rest of their fruit they practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Using IPM, Hepworth sprays only when and where necessary, using only the most natural of sprays. Hepworth grows a variety of fruits, including apples, apricots, blueberries, cherries, currants, gooseberries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, rhubarb and strawberries. Weather permitting, this season members can expect to see the following: apples, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries and strawberries. Each week members will receive 2-4 different types of fruit averaging 5 lbs per week. To learn more about Hepworth Farms, click here.
Eggs - Wayne County, PA 1/2 dozen (Weekly Delivery) Eggs come from Red Sex Link layers that are more than free-range as they are chickens who have a steady supply of fresh grass and bugs (a chicken’s natural diet). They are also supplemented with a custom blend of grain including flax seed, alfalfa and marigold.
Araucana Eggs - Sullivan County, NY 1/2 Dozen (Weekly Delivery) These amazing eggs are from pastured Araucana Hens that when needed, are supplemented with organic feed. Sometimes called "easter eggs" because of their varied colors, Araucana hens are a breed that originated in South and Central America and lay eggs tinted from green to pink. They tend to have a richer flavor than the eggs of older hens, and often have darker, larger yolks as well signifying their higher nutrient value.
Raw Goat Milk – Hudson Valley, NY (1 Quart, Weekly Delivery) The milk comes from goats who graze outdoors on grass. Their diet is supplemented organic grain (when they need coercing to come into the barn at milking time), and some hay in the winter.
Raw Milk – Hudson Valley, NY (1/2 gallon, Weekly Delivery) The milk comes from Jersey cows, which according to milk lovers, produce the most creamy and delicious milk. It is non-homogenized and non-pasteurized, and is produced on a humane, non-toxic, pasture-based dairy farms that practice small-scale, traditional processing. The cows graze outdoors all day (except for milking time) and their pasture is constantly rotated to allow the grass to continue to grow. Their diet is supplemented with organic grain but they don't need much of that except in the winter when there isn’t much grass. To learn more about raw milk, click here.
Pasteurized, Non-Homogenized Organic Kosher Milk - Sullivan County, NY (1/2 gallon, Weekly Delivery) Milk is processed at low heat so all the beneficial enzymes are intact! Cows are pastured and grass-fed and produce the kind of delicious, creamy milk that you can only get from Jersey Cows! Organic, whole milk is pastured and bottled on a state licensed plant using milk from closed herd of Jersey/Jersey Cross cows AND it's Kosher too!
Grass-Fed Goat and Cow Cheeses - Wayne County, PA and Delaware County, NY (1/3 lb, Weekly Delivery) Cow’s Cheese comes from 100% Grass-fed Cows. Various Goat Cheeses are from a 30-40 herd of pastured goats that are supplemented with hay and grain. Cow cheeses are made with the century-old tradition of aging cheese in cool, moist caves where temperature and humidity are relatively constant, the perfect conditions for ripening aged cheeses and bringing it to its elemental peak!
For a list of the many cow cheese varieties, click here.
Greek or Regular Organic, Kosher Yogurt - Sullivan County, NY 1 Pint of either Greek or Regular Plain Yogurt (Weekly Delivery) Whole Milk yogurt is made from the raw milk of 100% Grass-fed Jersey Cows.
Mushrooms - Sullivan County, NY Overflowing 1/2 pint of Fresh Mushrooms (Weekly Delivery) Log-grown and sawdust Shiitake, Oyster and other mushroom varieties are grown without any sprays or fertilizers. The farmer is currently working towards organic certification. Log-grown fresh mushrooms are an impossible find in any NYC store so get them here for culinary or medicinal purposes!
Grass-fed Ground Beef - Sullivan County, NY (Weekly Delivery) 100% Grass-fed. USDA certified. No hormones or antibiotics are used; meat products are freshly vacuum sealed and frozen.
Grass-fed Premium Beef and Pork - Sullivan County, NY Approx. 1 lb of beef or pork (Weekly Delivery) 100% Grass-fed. USDA certified. Each week, members will receive alternating deliveries of beef and pork. Steaks will be dry aged for 14 days minimum making them even more tender and flavorful than they already are! Pork is pasture raised and supplemented with some grain. Comes freshly vacuum sealed and frozen.
Grass-fed Premium Beef and Lamb - Sullivan County, NY Approx. 1 lb of beef or lamb (Weekly Delivery) 100% Grass-fed. USDA certified. Each week, members will receive a very diverse variety of beef and lamb products. Steaks will be dry aged for 14 days minimum making them even more tender and flavorful than they already are! Comes freshly vacuum sealed and frozen.
Kosher Boneless Chicken Cutlets - Sullivan County, NY .85 lb (Weekly Delivery) 2 boneless, skinless chicken cutlets totaling @ .85 lb from free-range, hormone & antibiotic free chickens who are fed an all natural vegetarian diet AND they are Kosher! USDA inspected breast meat comes from a single bird, is trimmed and delivered fresh.
Chicken Legs/Thighs - Wayne County, PA 2 lb package (Weekly Delivery) Cornish Cross Free Range Chickens are free from hormones and antibiotics. They are fed grass, hay, and a custom whole grain blend including flax seed, marigold and alfalfa.
Kosher Ground Turkey - Sullivan County, NY 1 lb Ground Turkey (Weekly Delivery)
EVERY OTHER WEEK SHARE:
Artisan Pastas - Sullivan County, NY 12 oz Dried Pasta or 13 oz Freshly Frozen Ravioli (Every Other Week Delivery) Pastas and ravioli are seasonally crafted in the Catskill Mountains using only fresh ingredients from local farms! Various freshly dried, uniquely flavored pastas consist of Fettuccine, Pappardelle, Gnocchi Sardi, Rotini & Orzo. Ravioli fillings are based on the seasons and what is available. Their NY Organic wheat flour only comes from Cayuga Farms and is ground to order to create the freshest pasta possible.
For a list of all pasta and ravioli varieties and ingredients, click here.
Broiler Whole Chickens - Wayne County, PA 12 Chickens (Every other week Delivery) Each Cornish Cross weighs approximately 3.25 pounds and is delivered freshly frozen. Chickens are free Range and are free from hormones and antibiotics. They are fed grass, hay, and a custom whole grain blend including flax seed, marigold and alfalfa.
"Order As You Go" Offerings In addition to offering seasonal CSA shares, some of our farm partners allow Cream of the Crop CSA members to place single, individual orders. The farmers will deliver these "As You Go" orders on the same schedule as their optional shares, which varies according to farm. Products likely offered for purchase "As You Go" include: - Grass Fed Aged Steaks - More Kosher products incl. cold cuts - Turkeys (for Thanksgiving) - Duck - Pastured Chicken Products - Pastured Lamb Products - Maple Syrup - Honey - Pastured Rabbit, and Lamb - Butters - Fermented foods