Several times a year we put an order together from Frankferd Farms out of PA, some of you may remember us talking about this in the summer. Well, we're getting ready for another order this week.
Frankferd Farms is a purveyor of all sorts of bulk natural foods. We especially love the variety of flours and grains, many of which they grow themselves.
Order deadline is this Friday for delivery next week (exact day TBD). Orders can be picked up at the farm. This time of year we have extra space in the cooler so we can hold your order for a few days if need be. They do this delivery run every 4 weeks.
Place an order directly with Frankferd from their website, however, if your order is less than $30 you can send to Flying Plow and we will tack on to ours. You can either pay them directly, or reimburse FPF when you pickup your order. When you order, indicate that you are part of the Flying Plow buying club on the Mason-Dixon run (MAD). Please send us an email if you are ordering, so we know how many people we can expect and we can keep you up to date on the delivery times.
Wild for Salmon Buying Club
To follow up on last week's announcement about the wild salmon buying club....we have had a lot of interest, so we will be working with them to schedule a delivery. It will likely be around Feb 19 or 20. We will be in touch with all of those who have joined the club to keep you updated on exact day/times.
With both Frankferd Farms and Wild for Salmon, there is no obligation or fee to join in either option. We are just trying to gather together interest to make it easier to get great food!
Ferme Melilot (or Sweet Clover Farm)
Before traveling to Montreal a couple weekends back I emailed several local farms to see if I could stop in for a visit. There was one in particular that interested me the most, this was Ferme Melilot in southern Quebec near the US/Canadian border.
Jonathan and Jolianne, the farmers at Ferme Melilot, have had a similar path to farming as Sarah and me. When I met them we also discovered many other similarities. They have been farming as Ferme Melilot for 4 seasons, they use draft horses, their CSA and markets are the same size as ours, and they also recently had a baby. I think we found our Canadian doppelgangers!
I arrived at their farm at 7:15 in the morning to help out with chores. It was 32 degrees, which felt remarkably warm after playing hockey in 0 degree weather the day before. Once chores were done we poked around their barns and I asked all the usual farm visit questions like where'd get that, what'd you do with this. And then I was treated to a great farm breakfast and we all compared notes about planting, tilling, harvesting and marketing.
One question I had to ask, and had been on my mind since my trip to Montreal last winter, had to do with the way the farms were laid out in Quebec. Traveling along the highways I had noticed that most of the fields were long and narrow rectangles with ditches in between the fields. I brought this up to Jonathan and he told me that this was the French way of laying out farms when the area was originally settled. The ditches are for drainage as most of the fields were tiled, and the long and narrow farm layout allowed more farms to have access to a river.
I was glad I got myself out of bed and made the drive from the city to their farm. It always great to meet farmers doing similar work as yourself, but meeting Quebecois farmers had an added attraction. I hope one day they travel through our area so I can repay the experience.
The next Kennett market will be on Friday, February 6th.
You can place an order for Bel Air delivery this Saturday, January 31st, to Baron's K9 Country Store at 525 Pritt Lane, Bel Air, MD 21014. We'll be dropping off orders from 10am to 10:45am. See the Online Order Form to order and try to order as early in the week as you can. Chicken and eggs are available for Bel Air deliveries.
Havre de Grace & On-Farm
You can place an order for Havre de Grace for delivery on this Saturday, January 31st, at 11:30am or for pick up at the farm from 10am to 1pm on Saturday. See the Online Order Form and try to order as early in the week as you can.
We are now accepting new members for the 2015 CSA season. Find all of the details on how to sign up on our CSA page of our website. If you have any questions or would like to come out to the farm for a tour prior to signing up, please contact us. Also, if you would like to share a share, let us know.
See you soon!
-Tom & Sarah
Flying Plow Farm