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Posted 4/9/2016 7:11am by Jeffrey Henry.

Cranberry Creek Farm Newsletter

 

Hello Friends of Cranberry Creek Farm,

A few things have happened since my last note. Maple syrup season came and went. We had about 100 taps in, and had a few good runs. All the cows have calved except for one. We have had 3 bull calves and one heifer calf. One was stepped on and didn't make it, another was just weak and did not make it. The jerseys are all first calf heifers and sometimes first timers don't catch the mothering instinct right away. I read recently that when you have live stock you will have dead stock, and that's just the way it is. We already processed our first batch of broiler chickens. The egg layers are producing well with the days getting longer. We already have lettuce to sell from the greenhouse. I have finally made it back into the cheese room and have 2 awesome batches of new cheeses that will be ready for sale in a couple months. There is probably much much more to tell you but I am already late for chores and I am short on help right now. If anyone knows anyone who would be a good farm manager tell them we are hiring.

The farm store will be open today from 1-5. We will have eggs, pork, cheese and lettuce mix from the greenhouse. I hope to see you all there!

Jeffrey & Mary-Jean

Cranberry Creek Farm

112 Henry's Crossing Rd

Cresco, PA 18326

570-595-7748 (cell)609-923-0308

Posted 2/18/2016 7:12am by Jeffrey Henry.

Hello Friends of Cranberry Creek Farm, It is finally winter here with almost a foot of snow on the ground. I spent much of the day yesterday plowing and shovelling around the barns. Thank goodness for our new farmer employee who has been keeping us stocked up with firewood; snow makes it quite a bit more difficult to bring in logs for the outdoor wood stove. It is just about time to crank up the heat in the greenhouse and get some seeds planted. Snow actually helps hold heat in the greenhouse by insulating around the base. I walked out to the high tunnel yesterday to knock the snow off. The snow was already melted, and it was warm and cozy inside. I tilled the high tunnel in December and covered the soil with a large piece of black plastic. It will be ready to uncover and plant as early as March. We love diversity here at Cranberry Creek Farm. We have tried many things, made some mistakes, but have learned a lot. Now we know how to do a lot of things right. We can grow produce, produce milk, yogurt and cheese, harvest broiler chickens, raise hogs, and produce a lot of eggs. This love of diversity has never allowed us to only focus on one product. The American farm was never meant to produce just one product. Each farm enterprise has byproducts that can support another farm enterprise. This brings me to our new plan. We are offering a "Full Diet," free choice CSA this year. We invite all of you to join in the pleasures of eating like we do, in a seasonal, bountiful way. We will be producing eggs, fresh produce, broiler chickens, milk, yogurt, cheese, pork, veal, and honey. We will buy in some grains and fruits from other local farms to round it off. We want you to take whatever you feel like you will eat during the week. We want to replace the grocery store as much as we can for you. There will, of course, be items that will be in limited supply and periods without certain items. Constant items will include milk, yogurt, eggs, pork, potatoes and grains. Items that will be fairly seasonal are produce, broilers, veal and some special cheeses. The CSA will run for 42 weeks, from April through January. Pricing for the CSA is per person with $2,850.00 for the first person, and $450.00 less for each additional person in the house. Kids under 6 are free and are $100.00 for each year of age over 6. All persons in the house must join. This may sound like a enormous amount to pay out for food. It really isn't that bad when you look at what it takes to eat even commodity organic from the grocery store. This allows you to keep your dollars local while eating local, seasonal and sustainable whole foods. You avoid the packaging, and you eat free from pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, hormones and GMOs. CSA pickup will be Friday evenings from 3-7. The farm store will be open on Saturdays from 12-6 if you would like to simply shop without a commitment. Below is a link to the CSA Agreement. If you would like to join please sign the form and send it to us. 

http://sfc.smallfarmcentral.com/dynamic_content/uploadfiles/1561/CSA%20PDF%20AGR.pdf

Posted 2/17/2016 1:10pm by Jeffrey Henry.

Cranberry Creek Farm Newsletter

 

Hi Friend and Neighbor,


I want to tell you about our CSA program for this season. It is loosely called a full or whole diet CSA. This means that we offer a complex interdependent cornucopia of nourishing seasonal foods from our farm for you to enjoy. It is a true membership in what Lynn Miller describes as the "entire blooming process of our craft, livelihood, religion, service, calling, romance and heart felt benediction" of our farming operation. It isn't just a place to get some vegetables, or a place to buy raw milk, or pastured meats, or artisan cheese. It is a commitment to life, to a true and living island of magic and diversity that is Cranberry Creek Farm. We want to build a relationship with you, our member, and provide everything you need to eat just like you were sitting at our own dinner table. The best and most nourishing meals of my life have been when I could sit down at the table and see a salad, maybe some steamed spinach, a chicken, mashed potatoes, butter, and some cornbread, and know that everything on that table was grown by us in a responsible and regenerative way. Eating like this, from one farm that provides almost all your food, is truly becoming native to a place. And becoming native to a place, and reducing your farm-to-table carbon footprint, my friend, is a fantastic way to start doing your part in saving our Earth. 

In my last letter I forgot to mention that the dairy portion of the CSA is in fact cow milk. Most of you know that we were milking goats for the past five years. Well, we recently made the switch to cows, and we love them. We have 5 milking jersey cows, and they are bred to calve in April and May. I can't wait to have real milk again!

Please feel free to call me any time with questions. You may also schedule a time to visit and get a tour of the farm if you would like to see it all in person before making a commitment to the CSA. Stay warm, spring is almost here!

Jeffrey & Mary-Jean

Cranberry Creek Farm

112 Henry's Crossing Rd

Cresco, PA 18326

(cell)609-923-0308

Posted 5/18/2015 6:12am by Jeffrey Henry.

Cranberry Creek Farm Newsletter

 

Hello Cranberry Creek Farm CSA Members,

It has been too long since the last newsletter. I apologize for the lack of communication. I have been busy with spring planting and other farm chores. We brought in 30 dairy goat kids 2 months ago and I have been feeding them with milk from another dairy up in Moscow. That added quite a lot of time to my daily chore routine, but thankfully they are growing good and are just about big enough to wean now.

I have been making a lot of nice cheeses. I am trying to perfect a camembert and a valencay. It is not as easy as I thought it would be. The hogs have probably eaten more cheese than I have sold so far. There are a lot of variables to getting a nice rind on a soft ripened cheese. The draining process needs to happen at around 72 degrees, the drying needs to be about 55 degrees with 80% rh, and then aging at 52 with 92% rh and constant fresh air flow. I over salted a couple batches, and didn't drain some long enough. I'm starting to get the hang of it though. There should be some pretty awesome cheeses available as the season progresses.

I am thinking that we could start the weekly pickup not this week but next week. That would be May 29. The weather this spring has really made things difficult. At first it was too cold, and then it was too dry. Yesterday was the first rain we have had since it warmed up. It still wasn't enough, but it should help the greens along. What I thought would be an extra early planting of radish, lettuce, arugula, spring onions and chard in the high tunnel has turned out to be a slow growing weedy mess. I think that the cover on the high tunnel is not letting enough light through. We are using the same cover that was on when it collapsed last winter, and it caused a lot of wear and tear on the plastic. The later plantings that are outside are growing better than in the high tunnel. This is making me rethink where to plant our precious tomatoes! We should have radish, lettuce, braising greens, and arugula available for pickup next week. If it is ok with you guys I will order some extras from some organic Amish farmers on weeks that there are slim pickings here. This is not a long term strategy for me, but being the difficult year that it is, it wouldn't hurt. Cherry Valley CSA picks up cheese here on her pickup route, and has offered to get things for us and deliver it here. It goes against my values as a csa farmer, but I have found out this spring that I can't control the weather, and I can't be in 3 places at one time. So in any case we will have some pretty awesome veggies here for pickup. We are looking forward to sharing the harvest with you. 

Jeffrey & Mary-Jean

Cranberry Creek Farm

112 Henry's Crossing Rd

Cresco, PA 18326

570-595-7748 (cell)609-923-0308

Posted 1/4/2015 6:39pm by Jeffrey Henry.

Cranberry Creek Farm Newsletter

 

Dear Friends of Cranberry Creek,

With winter upon us I find it a good time to retreat inward and think on the past, measure where we stand in the present and envision what I want to see the farm become in the future. I always have my ideas of sustainability intertwined with these thoughts, and I can see where we have had successes, and where we have had failures in reaching the goal of a somewhat self sufficient farming system. In looking back on the past I can see that we did have success in organizing and growing vegetables for a small group of people, 20 or so, with a community supported agriculture program. There was more than a few reasons why we quit, perhaps the reason that stands out the most was the CSA's ability to generate enough income was lacking. One of the reasons for that was the expenditure on pricy fertilizers and bought in compost. Well we now have an on farm source of manure and compost which is our 40 alpine dairy goats that supply milk to our cheesemaking business. They generate a sizeable amount of manure that is built up in our deep bedded barn. We think it should be put to use, and the best way that we can think of is to use it in growing fresh and healthy food for a CSA. Here is a quote from Wendell Berry that sums it up:

"Once plants and animals were raised together on the same farm-which therefore neither produced unmanageable surpluses of manure, to be wasted and to pollute the water supply, nor depended on such quantities of commercial fertilizer. The genius of american farm experts is well demonstrated here: they can take a solution and divide it neatly into two problems."

Since we are always looking for ways to be part of the solution to feeding the world (at least a few members of it), we figure we should give the CSA another try. If you would like more info please look over the CSA page on our website:

www.cranberrycreekfarm.com

You can also call me anytime on my cell:609-923-0308.

In short it will be a 20 week season from June through October. Pickup time is Wednesday afternoons. The cost is 600 for a full share, we are not doing half shares at this time. There is also a dairy option, called cheese of the week club. For 300 dollars get a gallon of raw goat milk, and a chunk of artisan cheese each week along with your veggies (or as a separate membership with out the veggie share). We hope to put together a good group of folks who love real nutrient rich fresh vegetables and goat dairy products to share the harvest with. We hope you will join!

Jeffrey & Mary-Jean

Cranberry Creek Farm

112 Henry's Crossing Rd

Cresco, PA 18326

570-595-7748 (cell)609-923-0308

Posted 5/15/2014 7:33am by Jeffrey Henry.

Cranberry Creek Farm Newsletter

 

Hello Friends of Cranberry Creek Farm,

This week we will have some wonderful veggies available from Annie's Acres including a mild salad mix, blue scotch kale, spinach, edible flowers, chives, and parsley. I have really been enjoying the culinary herbs that they grow. They are very high quality and the containers are packed to the brim. The salad mix is also amazing, very crisp and clean, and it lasts in the fridge for a very long time. 

We have a new product in the freezer from another farm in Henryville which is pasture raised lamb. Our friends Sal and Renee have been perfecting the art of quality lamb production and I must say that I am impressed. It is grass raised with a small amount of grain to finish with the perfect amount of fine marbling that you can see in the nice thick cut chops. I would recommend it to anyone. There is one very nice looking leg, as well as chops and ground meat available.

Of our own offerings we will have delicious and good for you raw goat milk, plenty of eggs, skyr, drinkable yogurt, chevre, monomonock, gouda, and an amazing experimental cheese that you just have to try. 

If you are unsure about the raw goat milk please go to www.realmilk.com and read up on the facts. This website has all the information you ever wanted to know about the health benefits, politics and other nuts and bolts of drinking raw milk. If you like what it has to say then join the organization which is the Weston A. Price Foundation, and keep drinking raw milk! Maybe we can form a local chapter one day.

We hope to see you all on Saturday! The farm store is open from 10-4.

Jeffrey & Mary-Jean

Cranberry Creek Farm

112 Henry's Crossing Rd

Cresco, PA 18326

570-595-7748 (cell)609-923-0308

Posted 5/1/2014 10:47am by Jeffrey Henry.

Cranberry Creek Farm Newsletter

 

Hello Friends of Cranberry Creek,

Our farm store will be open this saturday and we will have some new products available for you to try. Our farmer friends at Annie's Acres are bringing us some wonderful organic greens and herbs including mild and spicy lettuce mix, kale, beet greens, spinach, oregano, parsley and chives. We are also getting stocked up on Stryker Farm pork products so don't miss out on getting your weekend breakfast and barbeque necessities. We will have our eggs, drinkable yogurt, Icelandic style Skyr, raw milk, and cheeses available as well.

We will be bringing out some incredible tomme for this Saturday. Tomme is an ancient European mountain cheese that is traditionally made in the winter when the animals are confined to the barn and the milk is not able to be brought to town to be made into larger alpine cheese wheels. It is meant to be a simple cheese that brings out the natural flavors of the milk. Typically aged for 2-3 months, we have some that has been aging for 8 months and it has really developed a fine flavor. Come check it out!

We are doing a buy one get one free deal on eggs this Saturday. Only available at the farm store, not at the Monroe Farmer's Market. There is an over abundance, so please help us to eat these amazing free range organically fed soy free eggs!

This is also a great time to come chat with my mother Christine Henry as she will be working the store for us this weekend. I will be attending the first day of the Monroe Farmer's Market at courthouse square in Stroudsburg from 8 to 12. We hope everyone can make it to see us either at home or in town.

 

Respectfully,

Jeffrey & Mary-Jean

Cranberry Creek Farm

112 Henry's Crossing Rd

Cresco, PA 18326

570-595-7748 (cell)609-923-0308

Posted 4/25/2014 2:06pm by Jeffrey Henry.

Cranberry Creek Farm Newsletter

 

Dear Friends of Cranberry Creek,

The US Census of Agriculture survey that is gathered every 5 years has collected much wonderful information going back to 1863 and is available to the public. Recently that information has been divided into 2 groups: 1) Farmers for whom farming is their primary occupation, and 2) all others including retirement farms, farms as avocation, experimental farms etc. When we look at this information broadly, at the nation as a whole, it shows us that the largest determinant of net income per acre harvested is not the size of the farm, the education of the farmer, or financing but it is the relationship of depending on the land for ones livelihood. When we look at the farmers who have farming as their primary occupation they make almost 2 1/2 times more profit per acre than other farmers. And to go along with that we find that farm tenure, the years on their present farm, is fourty percent greater as well. This information gives me hope, and it gives me a sense of satisfaction in knowing that we are on the right track and have been for many years now. Mary-Jean and I have been developing a relationship with this land while farming it for the past 8 years and we hope to be here for many more years to come. This is why we have the farm store here where we can sell our farm produced goods at a reasonable price, so that we don't have to have farming as a secondary occupation, and so that you can have a place to buy real food from real people that are farming from the heart with a down to earth sense of place in the world. We want to keep on developing ourselves as better farmers and keep on developing the farm as a whole so we can profit from the land, and we do this over many many years by developing a dependency on the land, and with each other. So come on out and see us tomorrow! 

We will have available fresh chevre, raw milk, soy free eggs, drinkable yogurt, skyr (thick Norwegian style yogurt), Aged goat cheeses, and a few produce items. I was just able to get a few things planted including spinach, peas, onions, beets, turnips, carrots, dill, cilantro, potatoes, cabbage, and brussels sprouts. I think it will be a great year for growing veggies! 

Jeffrey & Mary-Jean

Cranberry Creek Farm

112 Henry's Crossing Rd

Cresco, PA 18326

570-595-7748 (cell)609-923-0308

Posted 4/16/2014 7:19am by Jeffrey Henry.

Cranberry Creek Farm Newsletter

 

Dear Cranberry Creek Farm Friends,

This week's farm store offerings are going to get you all feeling like spring is truly upon us, even with the inch of snow that blankets the ground outside. Because we are getting such a late start getting things planted this year we are bringing in items from other farms that are all within 100 miles from here. This week we have:

Butterhead Lettuce

Apples, Mixed

Italian Dandelion Greens

Orange Sweet Potatoes

Beefsteak Greenhouse Tomatoes

Horseradish

Mixed Red and Green Leaf Lettuce

Red and Yellow Onions

This week's offerings from here include organically fed eggs, raw milk, yogurt and skyr (Saturday only), and aged raw milk cheeses. 

Thank you to all our devoted customers who have been frequenting the store so far this year. We couldn't do it without you. It is very nice to see our past CSA members again and also nice to meet new faces! We think it is going to be a great season of sharing our harvest with you. 

For those of you who live closer to Stroudsburg we will be at the Monroe Farmer's Market this year. It is on Saturday's from May to October and will be held at courthouse square this year.

 

Jeffrey & Mary-Jean

Cranberry Creek Farm

112 Henry's Crossing Rd

Cresco, PA 18326

570-595-7748 (cell)609-923-0308

Posted 4/9/2014 6:28am by Jeffrey Henry.

Cranberry Creek Farm Newsletter

 

Good Morning Cranberry Creek Farm Community,

Every Wednesday and Saturday our farm store is open to the public. At this point in the spring season we have plenty of eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, pork, potatoes, onions, parsnips, and honey. We also have a few pounds of jerusalem artichokes that were harvested here this week. They are fresh and crisp, sweet enough to munch on without even cooking. 

I was able to plow some of the fields here this week with the snow finally melted and I plan on getting spinach, lettuce, peas, and green onions started ASAP. We will have fresh field grown biologically managed nutrient dense and delicious veggies available before you know it. But for now stop by and support your local community farm by enjoying some eggs and cheese! If you haven't tried raw goat milk then now is your chance. If you love drinking milk and haven't tried goat milk you are really missing out. It is not "goaty" or "tangy". It tastes like fresh milk and its easy to drink. I don't think I could go a lifetime without such a pleasure. 

We will have a goat kid play pen set up behind the store so bring the kids!

Jeffrey & Mary-Jean

Cranberry Creek Farm

112 Henry's Crossing Rd

Cresco, PA 18326

570-595-7748 (cell)609-923-0308