What's going on in food and farming May 28 to June 3
NEW YORK STATE — New York State and City Harvest joined together with the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network to purchase and bring New York State dairy products from Sullivan County’s Bethel Creamery, which uses milk produced on New York farms, to New Yorkers in need in Boro Park, Brooklyn. The delivery of 900 bottles of organic, kosher milk and 120 cases of organic, kosher yogurt arrived at the Masbia Soup Kitchen on Thursday, May 14 and was distributed to the community that same day. The delivery was made possible through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Nourish NY Initiative, which was created to provide support to New York’s communities in need and New York farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Thanks to the Governor’s support of this program, our food banks have received funding to buy more New York food, which helps our farmers who have faced serious market losses as a result of the pandemic and brings these nutritious products, including milk, yogurt, and other dairy products, to New York families. The partnership with City Harvest and Masbia Soup Kitchen is addressing a real need for kosher product and is already making a difference for the community and for Bethel Creamery.”
Eli Franklin of Bethel Creamery said, “Bethel Creamery is proud to provide our local, organic, kosher milk and dairy products to families in need in Brooklyn. The Nourish NY program has been so important in helping us to maintain our business, and in supporting the small family farms that supply our milk. We know that our surplus milk is going to good use through Nourish NY.”
Through Nourish New York, the state is providing $25 million in funding to New York food banks so they can purchase excess products, such as fruits and vegetables, from New York farmers and surplus dairy products from New York dairy manufacturers, to distribute directly to communities in need of food assistance.
DAMASCUS, PA — Starting Monday, June 1, Willow Wisp Organic Farm will partner with the Cooperage to bring food to families in Wayne County. The food boxes will consist of dry goods and fresh food including vegetables, milk, and eggs or meat. Boxes can be picked up between 5:30 and 7 p.m. at Willow Wisp Organic Farm located on 38 Hickory Lane Damascus, PA. The Cooperage will continue their distribution of boxes on Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. In order to be eligible, residents of Wayne County must register at the Cooperage online www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Applications for Root ‘n Roost’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares are currently open. The shares are available in two sizes: full and half. A full share is sized to feed a family of four for a week, while a half share is sized to feed a couple for a week.
Each size offers a weekly pre-packed selection of eight to 10 fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers as seasonally available from its gardens. Expect plenty of greens and small roots for the first few weeks of the distribution, moving towards more of the heavier produce like cucumbers, zucchini and tomatoes as the season progresses.
The CSA will run for 14 weeks from June 5th through September 4th. Pick-up will be at the farm every Friday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.rootnroost.com or call 845/292-9126.