Five Acre Farms is on a mission to bring the best locally grown and prepared food from the farm right to your dinner table. With six contributing farming families, Five Acre Farms sources all of their products within just 275 miles of where they are sold.
Knowing their farms are local is more than just a term of proximity for Five Acre Farms. They’re also dedicated to using farmers who help practice sustainable farming methods by conserving the land’s natural resources and conserving energy by reducing the miles from farm to table. Positively local also means being a contributor to the area’s growing economy and connecting customers to both food and farmer. Five Acre Farms recently introduced cage free eggs, which it gathers to order and strives to deliver to stores within 36 hours.
Five Acre Farms also has bragging rights to some of the best apple products. Their apple sauce is made with specially designed strainers that create an wonderfully smooth texture. Apples are grown in the Northeast’s best orchards during the most optimal apple-harvesting conditions. Their secret for the best-tasting apple products? The only ingredient is apples! There’s no added sugars and no preservatives.
Apples are picked at peak ripeness, the juice is never filtered to ensure the best flavor and preservation of the apples’ nutrients. Five Acre Farms Apple Juice is 100% local apple juice, never from concentrate. It’s not filtered or strained or broken down by enzymes, so it always has that great apple taste and the most nutrients from the apple. Five Acre Farms Local Cider is available September to April. It’s made from Macintosh, wine-flavored Empire, Red Delicious, small, crunchy Spartan and winter-hardy heirloom Northern Spy.
Battenkill Valley Creamery, Samascott Orchards and Maple Meadow Farms all have stores right on their farms. I encourage you to stop by for their delicious and one-of-a-kind products next time you’re in the area.
Migliorelli Farm in Tivoli, New York
Migliorelli Farm, a family-run fruit and vegetable farm in Northern Dutchess County in New York’s Hudson Valley, grows and presses the apples to make Five Acre Farms Local Apple Cider. Their vegetables grow in prime agricultural soils just miles from the eastern banks of the Hudson River. This farm got its start back in 1933, when Angelo and Rocco Migliorelli started peddling vegetables by horse and cart around the Bronx.
Today its ran by its third and fourth generations growing more than 130 different varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the same strain of broccoli raab that Angelo brought with him when he immigrated to New York from the Lazio region of Italy. The Migliorellis press their apple cider on an 80 year old Palmer Brothers cider press using the perfect combination of apple varieties. The cider is UV-treated, meaning that it passes by an ultraviolet light that kills harmful bacteria while preserving vitamins and flavor. This FDA-approved process is as safe as pasteurization.
Mountain Dairy in Storrs, Connecticut
Brothers Jim and David Stearns are sixth-generation dairy farmers who oversee the Mountain Dairy Creamery, where their family has produced and bottled milk for more than 140 years. They grow their own hay and corn for their herd and recycle their cows’ manure to replenish the soil. Mountain Dairy also processes milk for three small neighboring farms.
Battenkill Valley Creamery in Salem, New York
The McEachron family has been dairy farming in the Battenkill region of New York for over 100 years. Don and Seth McEachron are fourth- and fifth-generation farmers who in 2010 won Cornell’s top prize for being the highest quality, freshest and best-tasting milk in New York State. Seth’s great-great grandfather began milking cows in 1902, and his grandfather moved the farm to its current location in 1945. The farm has grown from a herd of just 12 cows to 350 today. The McEachrons’ milk is certified by Food Alliance. They grow all of their own feed, and their cows are not treated with rBST or preventive antibiotics. Seth and Don recycle manure to use as fertilizer.
Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, New York
Samascott Orchards brings the original supply of seasonal apple cider, juice and sauce to Five Acre Farms. The Samascott family has been farming since the 1900′s, and perfecting apples since the 1940′s. Today their family tends to 100 acres of apple trees and grow 60 varieties. They are dedicated to improving their selection by planting new and heirloom varieties to ensure the best-tasting apples. The Samascotts monitor their orchards closely and use a number of IPM practices. They grow disease-resistant varieties to reduce the need for spraying and prune frequently to ensure that their trees get plenty of sunlight to thwart pests and disease. When they turn over an orchard block, they use the old trees to heat their greenhouses, and they grow pumpkins or strawberries to recondition the soil.
Maple Meadow Farm in Salisbury, Vermont
Maple Meadow Farm produces Five Acre Farms Local Eggs from cage free hens. Established in 1946, Maple Meadow is a small egg farm owned and run by George and Jackie Devoid and their family. They are hands-on managers who put their hens first.
To the Devoid family, the happiness and comfort of their hens is no joke. They feed their flock of Rhode Island Reds ground oyster shells for extra calcium to produce stronger shells and healthier eggs and never any hormones or preventive antibiotics. The hens at Maple Meadow Farm have free run of the climate-controlled barn where nesting boxes and dim lights create a stress-free environment ideal for laying eggs.
Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, Vermont
Bill Suhr and Andrea Scott (and their young son Rupert) grow apples used to make Five Acre Farms Local Apple Cider at the oldest operating orchard in Vermont. They harvest more than 50 apple varieties in their 130-acre orchard on the shores of Lake Champlain, where lush soils and the crisp, northern climate make their apples exceptionally full of flavor. Bill and Andrea share Five Acre Farms’ dedication to sustainable growing methods by emphasizing cultivation practices that have a minimal impact on the environment. They’re experimenting with organic apples in three orchard blocks and using disease-resistant strains developed by land-grant schools. To reduce their carbon footprint, they’re installing two fields of solar panels to meet the farm’s electrical energy needs.
Milk from Five Acre Farms is Grade A, pasteurized and homogenized, and free of rBST, artificial or added hormones or antibiotics. The families behind the milk produced for Five Acre Farms ensures their products are the freshest and best-tasting out there. Dairy products ranging from half-and-half to whole milk and even their fat free milk has a distinctive, intensely fresh creaminess. Their heavy cream is so pure it could be made into butter in just twenty minutes.
Just a few more reason why Five Acre Farms loves apples–and why YOU should too:
–Source: Orange Pippin
* Apples are a member of the rose family.
* Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since
at least 6500 B.C.
* The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspian and the Black Sea.
* Apple varieties range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as
a grapefruit. There are apples that have an aftertaste of pears, citrus,
cinnamon, cloves, coconut, strawberries, grapes and even pineapple!
* It takes energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
* Fresh apples float because 25% of their volume is air (thank goodness, or none
of us would have ever experienced bobbing for apples!).
* Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they were
refrigerated. For optimal storage, apples should be kept at 35-40 degrees with
relative humidity of 80-90%.
* The average U.S. consumer eats an estimated 45 pounds of apples a year.
* Granny Smith apples originated in Australia in 1868 accidentally after a chance seedling by a woman named Maria Ann Smith.
* The old saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” comes from am
old English adage, “To eat an apple before going to bed, will make the
doctor beg his bread.”
Five Acre Farms is on a lifelong mission to find great farmers using sustainable practices and tell their stories through their products. They’re priced fairly so as many people as possible can buy local. Five Acre Farms Pricing: Suggested retail price for apple juice (1/2 gal.) is 4.99; apple sauce (16 oz.) is 3.49; gal. of milk 4.99; half gal. of milk 2.99. To learn more about Five Acre Farms or find a store where you can purchase their products, visit www.fiveacrefarms.com. Visit their Facebook and Twitter to find details on upcoming store samplings in Bergen County.
This post was created by: Jodi Kovacs