PLOVGH

Plovgh is a cooperative of farmers, growers, and ranchers that sell directly to their customers.

Tradition doesn’t mean freezer aisle

We’re offering up a more lively tradition this Thanksgiving with turkeys from Fitzgerald Farms in Upstate New York.
 
The turkeys, plucked just two days before delivery, are farm raised in an open-air environment and sustain a diet of all-natural and hormone-free feed from Connecticut Feed Co-Op. By the time of harvest, the birds will weigh a plump 15 pounds and can feed 10 to 12 hungry guests.
 
The farm is taking turkey orders on Plovgh through Friday, November 16. 
The birds will be delivered on Tuesday, November 20 – just in time to start that extra slow roast. Pickups can be made between 5 and 8pm at either Dandelion Wine in Greenpoint or Plovgh HQ in East Williamsburg.


14 11/12

Sandy Relief Volunteer Opportunities

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An enormous thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help cook and distribute meals to Coney Island and the Rockaways! We couldn’t have done it without you. Also, thank you to everyone who has signed up so far to lend a hand - your enthusiasm and support has been amazing. Below you will find a list of resources for food-related relief efforts.

If you would like to receive updates about volunteer opportunities please sign up here

If you are a farmer with excess produce that you would like to donate or sell, please get in touch.

Occupy Sandy Relief

Occupy Sandy Recovery NYC is a community relief effort organized by Occupiers to help residents in the hardest hit areas of NYC recover from Hurricane Sandy. 

Volunteers are still needed in the kitchen:

Food Prep, 8:30am - 4pm, all days

Cleaning Help, 4pm - 6/7pm, all days

Lead Chefs, 8am - 6pm or 11am - 6pm, all days

Currently, they need people to come in early in the morning to assist their lead chefs with preparing food. Most of the meals need to be ready for delivery starting at noon, so it’s crucial to get all hands on deck in the early hours. Prepping continues through the early afternoon, followed by a massive clean-up effort at around 4pm.

They are also in need of volunteers to lead the kitchen or assist with leading the kitchen on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. If you have chef experience and have cooked for large groups of people, or have lead a kitchen before and can take on a Sun-Tues shift, email them at SandyBayRidge@interoccupy.net. If those days don’t work, you are still encouraged to come and assist one of the other chefs during the week.

Drivers, 10:30am - 2:30pm

Delivery drivers are needed to distribute food to different relief hubs. Most of these places are in the Rockaways, but they also sometimes service Coney Island, Staten Island and Sheepshead Bay. Deliveries can be as large as up to 400 meals (think two or three giant coolers and other odds and ends), so having vans or trucks are ideal, but they do have smaller deliveries, so people with regular sized cars can still help.

Logistics and Communications, 9am - 6pm

The logistics/communications crew helps to organize everything and are the voice of the kitchen. They talk to all of the hubs each day regarding meal needs, coordinate the daily delivery schedule, answer voice-mails, phone calls and e-mails, communicate the kitchen needs through social media, organize drivers, monitor the Amazon registry, and a whole lot more. They mainly use Google for all of their spreadsheets and computer work and they have two spare computers in the office, but those interested are welcome to bring their own laptop.

If you have any questions you can get in touch at OccupySandy@interoccupy.net. Walk-in volunteers are always accepted, but if you would like to lead the kitchen, please e-mail them first! The kitchen is located at 461 99th Street in Brooklyn; it’s the last stop on the R train, only about ten minutes South of the old Jacobi site.


Additional volunteer efforts:

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

Food Not Bombs

Greenpoint Food Pantry

Red Hook Initiative 

Kitchensurfing

Spark Relief

Added Value Farm

Masbia

Citymeals-on-Wheels 

Sandy Sucks

BrooklynBased

05 11/12

This week’s harvest.

Kale: $4.00/bunch limited availability

Garlic: $1.50/bulb what to do with this?
Yellow onions: $0.75 each
Purple onions: $1.00 each what to do with this?

Gomez Farm - Schaghticoke, NY
2.5-acre family farm practicing low-impact agriculture



10 oz bags of frozen vegetables: $5.00
2011 harvest from Taliaferro Farm, Evolutionary Organics, Amba Farms, Gill’s Farm, Hepworth Farm, Veritas Farms and Bradley Farm, all practicing certified organic or Certified Naturally Grown

Green beans
Summer squash
Tomato puree
Butternut squash puree
Kale puree
Broccoli
Collard greens
Sweet corn
Edamame


Steak and ground beef: $9.00-$24.00
Pasture raised at Sugar Hill Farm
Pork, bacon, and sausage: $9.00-$11.00
Pasture raised at Sir William Berkshire Farm
Whole chicken (approximately 3 lbs): $15.00
Raised free-range at North Wind Farm

Maple syrup and honey
: $6.00-20.00
Hudson Valley Harvest - Hudson Valley, NY
Network of independently owned local farms


Pickles: $8.00/16 oz
- beets with allspice and ginger
- carrots with ginger and cinnamon
- dill pickles
- dill carrots
- pickles with orange zest, pink peppercorn, and chili

Bitters: $12.00/4 oz
- anise and clove
- lavender cardamom

Partners Trace - New Paltz, NY
Six-acre practicing-organic flower, herb, and vegetable farm



Yellow popping corn: $3.00/2 lb bag

Fitkin Farm - Cedar Falls, IA
Family farm growing sweet and popping corn


Send us your order.
Orders close 24 hours before your Plovgh Pickup time.

02 02/12

What are you making with your Plovgh order?
Maybe it’s a bacon wrapped beer can chicken.

What are you making with your Plovgh order?

Maybe it’s a bacon wrapped beer can chicken.

17 01/12

On tomatoes in January

While most farms are finishing their harvest season in November or waiting for the first winter frost, there are a few that are in full swing through the winter season with their storage crops or greenhouse operations.

Starting Plovgh Pickup Points at the beginning of this off-season, we knew there would be less freshly harvested produce coming off the farms but that there were still farms with products to sell and plenty of neighborhoods searching for the farm food they had a few months prior.

We have been working with some farms in the Hudson Valley over the last few weeks that have found a way to stretch their season beyond the harvest months. Partners Trace (whose pickles are now a staple of a few refrigerators I know of) and the network of farms that make up Hudson Valley Harvest are examples of how processed or frozen produce can bring local color to an otherwise beige winter feast. (Colorless and flavorless these frozen vegetables are not - the kale and butternut squash have gotten rave reviews from our members).

With help from an innovative startup in the Hudson valley, thought up by Jim Hyland, these farms take produce from the peak of the season and store it for the colder, slower months. In an article covered by Edible Brooklyn earlier this fall, the goal of Jim’s facility is one we totally support: “to offer local farmers easy access to top-quality processing equipment and get more people eating local produce all winter long”.

Jim’s mission falls in line with those of similar initiatives taking root all over the country, including at Market Share, a shared-use commercial kitchen starting in Greenpoint that you’ll hear us talking about again soon.

With more communities advocating for good food from small scale or family farms, we’re excited to see groups working collaboratively to make food directly from farms more accessible for neighborhoods and life a little better for small farms.

See Frozen Assets from Edible Brooklyn for more on the Hudson Valley facility.

10 01/12

This Week’s Harvest.

ORDER HERE

Hudson Valley Harvest - Hudson Valley, NY - Network of independently owned local farms

10 oz bags of frozen vegetables (2011 harvest): $5.00
Produce is from Taliaferro Farm, Evolutionary Organics, Amba Farms, Gill’s Farm, Hepworth Farm, Veritas Farms and Bradley Farm.

Green beans
Summer squash
Tomato puree
Butternut squash puree
Kale puree
Broccoli
Collard greens
Sweet corn
Edamame

Steak and ground beef: $9.00-$24.00/lb see specific cuts
All natural, pasture raised beef is from Sugar Hill Farm.

Pork, bacon, and sausage: $7.00-$11.00/lb see specific cuts
All natural, pasture raised pork is from Sir William Berkshire Farm.

Whole chicken: $15.00/3 lbs
Natural, free-range chicken is from North Wind Farm.

Maple syrup: $20.00/16 oz
Honey: $6.00/half pound, $10.00/lb


Partners Trace - New Paltz, NY - Six acre farm, growers of practicing-organic, biodynamic flowers, herbs and vegetables

Pickled carrots with ginger and cinnamon: $8.00-$11.00

Pickle sampler: Orange pink peppercorn, Ginger tarragon, Beets with allspice, Carrots with ginger and cinnamon: $9.00/4 jars

Sage allspice bitters: $12.00/4 oz what to do with this?
Lavender licorice bitters: $12.00/4 ozwhat to do with this?


Fitkin Farms - Cedar Falls, IA - Iowa family farm

Yellow popping corn: $3.00/bag (2 lbs)what to do with this?


Late Bloomer Farm - Campbell Hall, NY - Producer of local, organic microgreens

Mix of sunflower, radish, and broccoli greens, arugula, and watercress - AVAILABLE JANUARY 21

Tell us what you want.

05 01/12

Plovgh: Same Day Service From Farm to Table

Greenpoint Gazette feature on Plovgh:

(Thanks!)

Farming runs in Elizabeth Greene’s family. For the Minnesota native, the decision to carry on her family’s multi-generational legacy was a no-brainer.

Greene co-founded Plovgh (pronounced “plough”) to directly connect farmers and consumers. It eliminates the distance between the two by allowing customers to order directly from farms and pick up goods at a neighborhood meeting point. “The outcome is that customers have more choices, accessibility, and convenience,” she said.

Each week, Plovgh emails subscribers a list of products, from which they can order. (Their website will launch this spring.) Pick-up points are located all over New York City, from Veronica People’s Club in Greenpoint to Dekalb Market, the New School, and the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. They hope to start pick-ups in Bed-Stuy, Bushwick, and Red Hook next year.

Greene said getting farms to the wholesale and farmer’s markets can be challenging. “Farms may not meet the criteria of the wholesalers. They may not have enough quantity or crops to sell into the market…Farmer’s markets are a huge commitment on the individual’s part.”

Plovgh assists with marketing and distribution for the farms. “The warehouse and chain approaches work with huge producers and grocery stores, but trying to get beyond that way of thinking when it comes to moving goods is a big challenge,” she said. “I think we have a unique solution to it.”

The group has begun branching out, reaching out to farms in Oregon, Iowa, and Minnesota. Their ultimate goal is to make Plovgh a nationwide organization from which people can buy food from local farms on the same day it was picked. “In neighborhoods where it is economically or logistically impossible to have a farmer’s market or a Whole Foods, we have means to be a little more agile and set up a pick up point,” said Greene. “It has a presence that a traditional store wouldn’t.”

Meanwhile Greene relishes her role as middleman for farmers and consumers. “[The best thing is] when I stand with the farmer who says he wouldn’t have sold this stuff if it weren’t for Plovgh. The fact that we’re opening a market where there wouldn’t be one is satisfying.”

03 01/12

This week’s harvest.

PLACE YOUR ORDER

Hudson Valley Harvest - Hudson Valley, NY
Network of independently owned local farms

10 oz bags of vegetables harvested Summer/Fall 2011:
Green beans - frozen : $5.00
Summer squash - frozen: $5.00
Tomato puree - frozen: $5.00
Butternut squash puree - frozen: $5.00
Kale puree - frozen: $5.00
Broccoli - frozen: $5.00
Collard greens - frozen: $5.00
Sweet corn - frozen: $5.00
Edamame - frozen: $5.00

Produce is from Taliaferro Farm, Evolutionary Organics, Amba Farms, Gill’s Farm, Hepworth Farm, Veritas Farms and Bradley Farm.

1 lb Pork chops: $10.00
1 lb Bacon: $10.00

Pork is from Sugar Hill Farm and Sir William Berkshire Farm.

Maple syrup: $20.00/16 oz
Honey: $6.00/half pound, $10.00/lb


Rottkamp Farms - Glen Head, NY
50 acre, fourth generation family farm

Broccoli: $2.00/head
Cauliflower: $2.00/head
Scallions: $1.00/bunch
Onions: $0.50 each
Parsley: $1.00/bunch


Partners Trace - New Paltz, NY
Six acre farm, growers of practicing-organic, biodynamic flowers, herbs and vegetables

Ginger tarragon pickles: $8.00/16 oz., $11.00/24 oz.
Orange zest, chili pepper, pink peppercorn pickles: $8.00/16 oz., $11.00/24 oz.

Sage allspice bitters: $12.00/4 oz what to do with this?
Lavender licorice bitters: $12.00/4 oz what to do with this?


Fitkin Farms - Cedar Falls, IA
Iowa family farm

Yellow popping corn: $3.00/bag (2 lbs) what to do with this?


Plovgh mixed vegetable bag: $12.00/bag
Don’t know what to get? We’ll pack a bag with a variety of provisions for you to pickup.

PLACE YOUR ORDER

29 12/11

Where can I Plovgh?

Brooklyn:

Dandelion Wine Shop
Greenpoint (map

Dekalb Farm
Downtown Brooklyn (map

Brooklyn Brainery
Carroll Gardens (map

Huckleberry Bar
Williamsburg (map)  

462 Halsey Community Garden
Bed-Stuy (map)


Hudson Valley:

Partners Trace Farm
New Paltz (map)


Volunteer for vegetables. Interested in volunteering at a Plovgh Pickup Point? Check out what Pickup Points are active each week and sign up!


Want a Plovgh Pickup Point in your neighborhood? Let us know where you are and we’ll send you more information on how to get started.


Not in New York City?

While Pickup Points are being organized throughout the five boroughs, we are also excited about the work we’re doing with farms in Northern Iowa, Portland and most recently Mississippi. Look for us in a town near you soon.

20 12/11

PLACE YOUR ORDERS
This Week’s Harvest:
Natural Earth Farms - Calverton, NYYoung family farm, Certified Naturally Grown Daikon radishes: $3.50/bunchEscarole: $2.00/head
Rottkamp Farms - Glen Head, NY50 acre, fourth generation family farmBroccoli: $2.00/headCauliflower: $2.00/headLeeks: $2.00/bunchCollard greens: $1.50/bunchOnions: $1.00 eachShallots: 3 for $1.00Scallions: $1.00/bunchParsley: $1.00/bunchCilantro: $1.00/bunchNorth Fork Egg Farm - Southold, NY
Raised cage free on organic grain and pastureEggs: $7.00/dozen
Fitkin Farms - Cedar Falls, IAIowa family farmYellow popping corn: $3.00/bag (2 lbs)Carissa’s Bread - Amagansett, NYMade with hand-milled whole wheat flour from Amber Waves Farm and a natural rising agent first cultured in Amagansett forty years agoOne whole wheat loaf: $7.00Two whole wheat loaves: $12.00Plovgh mixed bag: $12.00/bagDon’t know what to get? We’ll pack a bag with a variety of provisions for you to pickup.
Orders are available for pickup at:
Veronica People’s ClubGreenpoint (map)Saturday, December 1710am-2pmDekalb MarketDowntown Brooklyn (map)Friday December 16Saturday, December 1711am-5 pm Brooklyn Night BazaarWilliamsburg (map)Saturday, December 175pm-1am

PLACE YOUR ORDERS

This Week’s Harvest:

Natural Earth Farms - Calverton, NY
Young family farm, Certified Naturally Grown 

Daikon radishes: $3.50/bunch
Escarole: $2.00/head


Rottkamp Farms - Glen Head, NY
50 acre, fourth generation family farm

Broccoli: $2.00/head
Cauliflower: $2.00/head
Leeks: $2.00/bunch
Collard greens: $1.50/bunch
Onions: $1.00 each
Shallots: 3 for $1.00
Scallions: $1.00/bunch
Parsley: $1.00/bunch
Cilantro: $1.00/bunch

North Fork Egg Farm - Southold, NY
Raised cage free on organic grain and pasture

Eggs: $7.00/dozen

Fitkin Farms - Cedar Falls, IA
Iowa family farm

Yellow popping corn: $3.00/bag (2 lbs)

Carissa’s Bread - Amagansett, NY
Made with hand-milled whole wheat flour from Amber Waves Farm and a natural rising agent first cultured in Amagansett forty years ago

One whole wheat loaf: $7.00
Two whole wheat loaves: $12.00

Plovgh mixed bag: $12.00/bag
Don’t know what to get? We’ll pack a bag with a variety of provisions for you to pickup.

Orders are available for pickup at:

Veronica People’s Club
Greenpoint (map)
Saturday, December 17
10am-2pm

Dekalb Market
Downtown Brooklyn (map)
Friday December 16
Saturday, December 17
11am-5 pm
 
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Williamsburg (map)
Saturday, December 17
5pm-1am

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