Show the Love, Taste the Love, Week 1: Critz Farms Maple Syrup

By Neil B. Miller | October 7th, 2011

Momma always said I’d turn out bad. “Son, you gonna be a criminal, or a pornographer.”* Turns out you were right, momma, but not like you thought. See, I’m a food pornographer. A hardcore local food slut. I just can’t get enough. Look at the sweet, moist flesh of that organic Honeycrisp apple from Adams Acres; that silky smooth organic yogurt from Maple Hill Creamery – YEOW! WOWZA! WATCH OUT NOW! – and that sinfully delicious maple syrup from Critz Farms – OH LORD! PLEASE HELP ME! I CAN’T HELP MYSELF!

So, you want some of this?

Today marks the kickoff of our Show the Love, Taste the Love promotional campaign for Farmshed 2.0, our newly released web app. We’re giving away awesome good eats all month, into November, maybe longer. Straight up for real. Real food from local farms; awesome, shut-your-mouth products from local businesses and food producers; maybe even gift certificates from some of the region’s top locavore restaurants. Ridiculously good stuff.

But there’s a catch.

You’ve got to show us some love. Show us the love, and we’ll taste the love back at you. Week after week, until all the swag is gone. We’re trading local farms and food producers ad space in Farmshed 2.0 in exchange for their products, and as long as they keep trading, we’re gonna keep the promotion going.

Here’s what you’ve got to do.

Each week, by that Friday (hopefully sooner), we’re going to announce that week’s task. It might be something as easy as sharing the Farmshed CNY Facebook page with your friends, or uploading a photo or video of yourself at a local farm or business. Or maybe you’ll have to a carve a pumpkin with the words “Grow Local” or “Farmshed” and send us a photo, or bust a rhyme about how much you love local food. Pride of New York, baby, represent!

Week 1. The Task.

Go to the Farmshed CNY Facebook page, “Like” the page if you haven’t already done so, and “Share” the Farmshed CNY Facebook page with your peeps by 10:00pm this Sunday evening, October 9 – the “Share” button is located on the left sidebar beneath “Likes.” Make sure to include an active link – @Farmshed CNY – in your message, so it shows up on our Wall. If yours is one of the first 30 posts to show up on our Wall, you get a reward, maple syrup from Critz Farms in Cazenovia. If you’re number 31, no promises, but we’ll see what we can do.

The Reward.

A 100ml bottle of Critz Farms’ Grade A Dark Amber maple syrup, made on their farm from their own sugarbush.

Fair enough, right? But this week, because we’re rolling out the campaign, there’s also a Bonus Task. Upload a photo of yourself displaying the Farmshed 2.0 homepage on your smartphone, PC or tablet to our Facebook page (in addition to liking/sharing our Facebook page), and we’ll upgrade your reward to a 1/2 pint of maple syrup.

We’ll notify this week’s winners by posting a note or message on your Facebook page. If you live in the Syracuse area, we can arrange to drop off your reward or for you to pick it up during the week at Critz Farms. Otherwise, we’ll mail it to you once we get your address. We’re not culling or selling your data or doing anything uncool with it, we’ll just need an address to mail you your reward.

If you have any questions or want to contact us, shoot us an email at info[AT]farmshedcny[DOT]com.

Remember, if you miss out on this week’s reward, we’ll be giving away something just as awesome next week, and the week after that, and the week after that…


Legal Stuff.

1. You need to be 18 years old or older to participate. We’re not 100% sure about this, but it probably will make our lawyer happy, and we like our lawyer.

2. You need to be a resident of the United States, preferably a resident of Central New York or the Finger Lakes region. Sorry, but postage is expensive, and we’re cheap.

*Actually, my mom is a very sweet Jewish lady from Brooklyn – BROOKLYN! – who always thought I’d be an orthopedic surgeon. Sorry mom, for the first of many disappointments. Love you!


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