Union Church, 7915 Ridge Blvd.
If you have become a regular shopper we assume you have come to know that the produce is excellent; mostly organic and provided by local farms. We are running out of table space as the shelf stable offerings are constantly expanding.
We would like to feature just a few products offered at the next distribution which we hope will provide some insight as to how products are selected.
The coffee comes from Giving for Living and assures fair trade to selected coffee growers in the Dominican Republic. It is interesting to note that this non-profit organization is committed to making books available to the children and travels around in a library on wheels doing so.
The Bibb lettuce comes from Finger Lakes Fresh. The workforce is a group of disabled employees. The product is grown in a hydroponic greenhouse. The crop is small and provides an alternative to large scale product shipped long distances.
Look for cranberry apple butter; a new product at this distribution. This comes from Cross Creek Farms, a small family owned and operated farm in Berkshire, N.Y. Most of the fruit comes from Cornell University orchards in Ithaca, N.Y. This small batch product contains nothing but fruit and spices...no sugar no sweeteners.
These choices reflect the mission of the Bay Ridge Food Co-op in many ways. If you wish to work with members currently selecting products we know your effort would be truly appreciated.
Yes, I did say the shelf stable table is over flowing. Look for roasted salted cashew pieces, green organic lentils, wild blueberry preserve, sunflower seed butter no salt, no sugar and organic milk chocolate Easter eggs.
If you are reading this, you probably are interested in the idea of a food cooperative in our area and you may be uniquely able to help!
The co-op has faced a number of challenges in the last weeks and passion and determination have been the name of the game. We are so grateful to the First Evangelical Free Church for the two years they have given us, but their needs have changed as have ours and it is time to move on. We have been exploring a few great options.
Thanks to Owl's Head Wine Bar, we will continue to have Saturday distributions in their fantastic establishment. Again, the next one is on June 8th. Our two Saturday distributions at Owls Head have generated much excitement among members and prospective members. The spirit was electric. The interest in the coop is growing. We are anxious to keep up the momentum. Please join us in our efforts to find a new space. Perhaps someone reading this letter has a perfect suggestion or a willingness to assist us in our search. If so, please email the distribution team at brfc.distribution.com
We will be having another distribution this Saturday, June 8th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Owl's Head at 479 74th Street. You will find a number of greens not seen for a while. These will include chard, kale, lettuces, hopefully squash blossoms, garlic scapes, rhubarb and, who knows, maybe some surprises.
As always....LOOKING FORWARD TO SHOPPING WITH YOU!
Join us for our next food distribution! We're happy to say we''ll be back at the Owl's Head Wine Bar, 479 74th Street, on Saturday, May 18 from 11-1. Members will receive pre-order information shortly. Non-members are welcome to shop up to three times before joining. Please note that because of a schedule conflict at the church, there will not be a Friday distribution this cycle. Check back next week for more details on what we'll be offering.
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Attention Members: When you order tonight, you can pick up your food on either Friday at the First Evangelical Free Church on 6501 6th Avenue between 5:30 and 7:30pm, or Saturday at Owl's Head Wine Bar located at 479 74th Street just off 5th Avenue between 11am and 1pm. Just let us know which day you are coming so we have your order ready. Check your email for order details!
We know weeknights can be tough for many members. We are hoping this will make shopping more convenient for current members and encourage others to become members. We are anxious to grow but need your help to do so.
CYCLE 43 Food Distribution
Tuesday, April 2nd
As the committee members selected product for this cycle they must have been dreaming of a trip to Mexico or perhaps thinking of a favorite Mexican restaurant. We hope the products offered this cycle will inspire your shopping and encourage you to get out your recipes and create a meal inspired by the Mexican cuisine.
Tortilleria Nixtamal located in Queens offers corn tortillas which "are not just for holding your food together." Made from non-genetically modified corn, these tortillas are nothing like the brittle tasteless ones we are used to.
Taza Chocolate Factory of Sommerville, Mass. brings us chocolate produced in Mexican tradition. The chocolate is stone ground on a grist mill crafted by the owner. We are offering chipotle and coffee bars. If this is not enough Laxy Crazy Acres brings us Mexican chocolate gelato.
Now for today's riddle. Do you know what cardoon is? We do. You can Google it or better yet come shop on April 2 and ask us.
Tuesday, March 19th
WOW! Cycle 42. Thanks to all shoppers and committee members who have gotten us to this point!
As you go through the product list make particular note of those produce items that signal that perhaps Spring is approaching. Fill up your bags with asparagus, broccoli, bok choy and basil. Throw in some red potatoes, red onions, and sausage grillers on sale and a meal is created. We know you can't pass up the ice cream, gelato and chocolate. So many flavors and all of them delectable.
We look forward to offering some fresh, home made Middle Eastern favorites from the kitchen of Grapevine Restaurant. We are very excited to support a local provider.
We would like to remind you of our efforts to add Saturday distributions but can't do this without more staffing so join us and encourage your friends to do the same.
HAPPY SHOPPING! (Thanks Risa for the blurb!)
No you don't have to sit in meetings in a church kitchen to be involved. There are so many different ways you can contribute to making this idea - our own neighborhood grocery cooperative - happen. Many can be done right where you are sitting now. Call us. Join us. Help us. It is the only way it will get done!
REMINDER - Please join us for our next Board/Membership meeting tonight:
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Preschool (80th St & 4th Avenue)
6:30pm - Q & A with new or prospective members
7:00pm - Meeting begins
We have lots to talk about. Help plan possible Saturday distributions, discuss our conversations with The Food Trust, and figure out how to become an integral part of our outreach effort this Spring. Your interest, efforts, and unique expertise are so important to us.
Bay Ridge Food Coop - Distribution
Tuesday, March 19th, 5:30 - 7:30 at 6501 6th Avenue (Between 66th and 65th streets)
Join us for our next distribution to enjoy some artisan cheeses, Brooklyn made ice cream and chocolates, and dairy, root vegetables, and honey from our distributors that source as local as possible. Shop with us!
We have some exciting connections brewing with Owl's Head Bar on 5th Avenue and Grapevine Mediterranean Kitchen on 3rd Avenue. Saturday distributions are in the works. We know there are members who would love to buy some food but weeknights are just too difficult. We want to make that happen. Of course, we need your help and membership so we can expand!
More details to come.