We’ve got a month left to go on our IndieGoGo crowd funding campaign, and to generate excitement as we count down to the end of the campaign, we’ve added a bunch of great products donated by local businesses. The IndieGoGo website only allows us to describe individual rewards in 500 characters or less, which is virtually impossible given the number of great products we’ve lined up for contributors, so we’re going to list them all here and explain how and where you can get them.
First, we’re raising this money for a 25-week summer tour of regional farmers markets that hopefully will take us to 50 different farmers markets throughout Central New York, the Finger Lakes, and parts of the Southern Tier and Catskills. Our goal is to promote the Farmshed 2.0 Mobile app, which works on iPhones, Androids, and BlackBerrys, and the release this past week of the new Farmshed 2.0 Web app, which makes the Farmshed CNY Directory of 1,500+ regional farms, farmers markets and food producers available for the first time on PCs, laptops and tablets. False modesty aside, the Farmshed 2.0 Mobile and Web apps are beautifully designed applications with clean, easy-to-use interfaces and lots of powerful features.
The new Farmshed 2.0 Web Homepage.
We need to pay up-front vendor fees, purchase a tent and table, print up displays and marketing materials, cover the cost of gas, food and lodging, and show some TLC to the mighty Subaru, which has 285,000 miles on it and is in need of some serious love. So we’re asking friends, friends of friends, business associates, fellow Buy Local and local food advocates, and anyone else who wants to see independent farms and food producers thrive in this region, to make a small contribution to our IndieGoGo fundraising campaign, which ends on May 19th. Local farmers and food producers have donated some truly fantastic products, and all you have to do to get them is make a small – or large! – contribution.
Click here to go to our IndieGoGo campaign page and make a contribution.
Turtle Tree Seed Co. seed packets - our Natural reward!
1. Natural. $15.00-$24.00. The Natural reward lets contributors select one packet of biodynamic, open pollinated flower or vegetable seeds from Turtle Tree Seed Co. The following seed packets are available (while quantities last):
Diane’s Pink Aster
Ruth’s Perfect Tomato
Turtle Tree is a small non-profit company in the Hudson Valley that cultivates, preserves, and sells 100% open-pollinated, biodynamic and organic vegetable, herb and flower seeds. All their seed is non-gmo, non-hybrid, never treated, and grown without the use of chemical inputs. Turtle Tree Seed Co. is part of a Camphill Village in Copake, NY, an intentional community that includes people with developmental disabilites. For more information on the company, or to view their entire product catalog, please visit their website.
JUST ADDED! 2. Super Natural. $25.00-$34.00. Select one seed packet from Turtle Tree Seed Co. (see the Natural reward above), and receive a 1-year subscription to Plank Road Magazine AND an A-List Organics tote bag.
Plank Road Magazine, located in Tully, New York, is a new quarterly publication that celebrates the beautiful landscapes, history and vibrancy of Central New York, and tells the stories of the remarkable people and small businesses that make this region such a great place to live and work. Steve Simon, the publisher of Plank Road Magazine, and his staff are doing with words and photos what Farmshed CNY is doing with data and technology: connecting Central New Yorkers with their neighbors, and promoting local resources and producers.
3. Free Range. $25.00-49.00. The Free Range reward includes one packet of Turtle Tree seeds (see the Natural reward above), and ONE of the following products donated by a local farm or food producer (while supplies last):
1 package of Organically Hip Oatmeal Raisin or Chocolate Cookie mix
1 1-ounce bottle of Fruit of the Fungi Dried Shiitake Mushroom Powder
1 jar of A-List Organics Hot Pepper Jelly or Fiesta Salsa
1 jar of Old Goat Foods Fruit Salsas – Vinca’s Sweet, Violet’s Medium, or Spike’s Hot
PLUS: an A-List Organics farmers market tote bag.
I can’t say enough good things about these products, or these producers. The Organically Hip cookie mixes are delicious, and are the products of two very entrepreneurial Syracuse friends and moms, Maria & Angela, who started up the business because they wanted their kids to eat healthier snacks.
Fruit of the Fungi is a husband and wife team, KC and Kristi Mangine, who started cultivating Shiitake mushrooms a few years ago and are now selling fresh mushrooms and a range of innovative dried products at regional farmers markets throughout Madison County and the Mohawk Valley. Their Dried Shiitake Mushroom Powder is delicious in scrambled eggs and miso soups, and a little goes a long way, so a 1-ounce bottle will last you a while.
KC Mangine of Fruit of the Fungi, at the Poolville Winter Farmers Market
A-List Organics is a start-up organic farm in Pompey, NY owned by Lori and Abe Tannenbaum. Lori has developed a line of delicious homemade jams, jellies and preserved foods using surplus crops grown on the farm. In addition to the four extraordinary gift baskets she donated to our campaign – 2 savory baskets, and 2 sweet & savory baskets, which are available for $100.00 contributions – Lori also donated a dozen jars of her terrific Hot Pepper Jelly and chunky Fiesta Salsa. She’s also given us a bunch of A-List Organics farmers market tote bags to give away.
Bernie and Denise Szarek are very simply two of my favorite people in the world, as well as two of the hardest working people I know. In addition to holding down day jobs, they own and operate Szarek Greenhouses, Three Goat Farm CSA, Old Goat Foods, which produces several lines of products including their Fruit Salsas, named for their three goats (they’ve got a special love for goats), and have started up and are managing the Westmoreland Winter and Summer Farmers Markets and the Westmoreland Food Swap. I’m probably leaving something out here, but you get the idea.
Bernie and Denise make me glad every time I see them that I founded Farmshed CNY. They represent the best of what I love about the local food movement in Central New York, and their Fruit Salsas kick ass.
Denise & Bernie Szarek of Szarek Greenhouses and Old Goat Foods
4. Grass Fed. $50.00-99.00. The Grass Fed reward includes one packet of Turtle Tree seeds (see the Natural reward above), and TWO of the products listed above in the Free Range reward category (while supplies last)
5. Pasture Raised. $100.00-249.00. The Pasture Raised reward takes our reward program to a whole new level. In addition to a packet of Turtle Tree seeds; TWO of the products listed in the Grass Fed reward category – the Organically Hip cookie mixes, Fruit of the Fungi Dried Shiitake Mushroom Powder; the A-List Organics Hot Pepper Jelly or Fiesta Salsa; the Old Goat Foods Fruit Salsas, and the A-List Organics farmers market tote bag, Pasture Raised contributors also select ONE of the following:
1 12-ounce bag of Cafe Kubal roasted Guatemalan El Injerto coffee beans
1 The Imaginary Farmer Grow-it-Yourself Gourmet Mushroom Kit
Guatemalan El Injerto is widely considered the premier coffee bean grown in Central America, and it’s one of the signature small-batch roasted beans produced by our friends at Cafe Kubal in Syracuse, NY. Syracuse was recently named one of the top cities in the country for locally roasted, artisanal coffee, and in my opinion Cafe Kubal is the best of the best. They also demonstrate that social entrepreneurship and successful business management go hand-in-hand.
Owen Tallman, the Imaginary Farmer, foraging wild mushrooms in Cazenovia, NY.
Owen Tallman, The Imaginary Farmer and a bit of a mad scientist, has developed and cultivates several different species of edible and medicinal mushrooms, including a variety native to Central New York he has named the Hantana Phoenix, which he found growing wild on his farm and coaxed into commercial production. He’s now taken his passion for mushrooms one step further and has come out with Grow-it-Yourself kits that provide everything you need to cultivate mushrooms at home. Kits are available for his signature Hantana Phoenix, Elm Oyster, Golden Enoki and Reishi mushrooms.
6. Certified Organic. $250.00-$499.00. What can we say about our Certified Organic reward? If you are this generous, and can contribute this much money to our IndieGoGo campaign, we are going to hook you up with the mother of all reward packages, featuring the best of the best of EVERYTHING we have available for contributors.
7. Sustainable $500.00-$999.00, and Biodynamic $1,000.00 and up. If a selection of the region’s best local food products isn’t enough for you, how about a personal, one day or weekend guided tour of the best family farms, creameries, food producers, wineries, microbreweries, and/or locavore restaurants in Central New York and the Finger Lakes? That, respectively, is what we are offering for our Sustainable and Biodynamic rewards.
Over the past two years, we’ve gotten to know 100s of the best organic growers, artisanal food producers, cheese makers, winery owners and wine makers, and other businesses in this region, and we would be glad to plan and guide you on a one day or weekend agritourism excursion to show you the best that this region as to offer.
Set up a behind-the-scenes tour and wine tasting at the best wineries in the Finger Lakes? Or a day-trip of the best artisanal and locavore food producers and restaurants in Ithaca or Rochester? Done. How about a personal guided tour of the top creameries and cheese makers in the Mohawk Valley, with tastings right in their creameries of their cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses? We can make that happen, too. In fact, our first agritourism client enjoyed her day-trip of Mohawk Valley cheese makers so much that she’s already contributed $500.00 to our IndieGoGo campaign and can’t wait for her next trip to the region. In her words, “Farmshed CNY tours are the best!” And who are we to argue with a satisfied customer?
At whatever level you contribute, we are deeply, deeply appreciate of your contribution to our IndieGoGo crowd funding campaign. Every dollar gets us one step closer to reaching our funding goal and our plans for a successful summer promotional tour. We’d like to think – in fact, we truly believe – that Farmshed CNY’s success is tied directly to the success of regional farmers and food producers, and that together we will build, and are building, a vibrant, sustainable, and delicious local food culture in Central New York.
Find Local, Buy Local, Grow Local.