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Folk at the Farm This Sunday!

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Tom Chapin and Friends Perform This Sunday to Benefit the Farm!

Please join us for this blockbuster benefit performance at your local farm.

Your ticket purchase directly benefits the farm. There will be six featured acts, an opener, and four showcase performers!  Check out the full program and artists bios.

The main headliners are Gathering Time and the storied and grammy award winning artist Tom Chapin.

Click here to see an amazing video of Tom and his brothers with their father Jim on the drums from the Merv Griffin Show in 1965, before they signed their first recording contract. Tom is on the left in the video.

23 albums and 3 Grammy awards later, we are honored to welcome Tom Chapin to Crossroads Farm.

This will be a good time!  Wine and craft beer will be served.  The food purveryors will be Corazon de Cuba, Buttered Biscuit, Uva Rossa, and Watchtya Wonton.  And Boy Scouts will be handling the grill.  Tickets are available in advance for a discount at $20 (click below) and will be available until Saturday at midnight.  Tickets at the door in Sunday will be $25 for adults.  Click here for more ticket information.

Bring the kids!  We will have:

  • bouncy house
  • petting zoo
  • hay rides


All of us look forward to seeing you around the farm!

With gratitude,

Rick White, NLT Chairman and Farm Advisory Committee Chair

Leonore Russell, Education Director
Stephanie Kane, Field Manager
Judi Consigli, Operations Manager
Danielle Phair, Famstand Coordinator

     

Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
480 Hempstead Avenue
Malverne, NY 11565
516-881-7900

Click here for our volunteer sign-up sheet.

Visit the farm web site.

A stewardship project of the Nassau Land Trust

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Farm Update: 3/23/2016

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Easter Flowers This Weekend at the Farm!

Store hours this weekend:

  • Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6
  • Sunday from 10 to 2

Our 50% off sale for selected items continues. 2016 CSA discount books are available.  Booklets can be purchased online or in the store.  They are a great way to support the farm while getting a store discount on items of your choice.

We will also have a small assortment of our own winter grown vegetables: daikon radish, lettuce, carrots, and arugula.

We have firewood!  Available by the bundle, 1/4 cord, 1/2 cord, and full cord.


Taste of the Farmers Market

Our regular farmers market is moving to Saturday mornings this year!  The market will start in June, but on April 23rd we will be hosting a Taste of the Farmers Market from 10 to 6. This will be a great way to come down to the farm to get a taste of what’s to come.  We have some exciting new vendors participating this year, including the the East End Mushroom Company and others to be announced.


Opening Day 2016

The farm officially opens on May 1st!  Please join the event on Facebook and show your support!  We will have a ribbon cutting, pony rides from the NYEC, hay rides, a bouncy house, live music by Copy Cat, craft vendors, food trucks, beer and wine, and lots of good stuff in the store.


Sunshine Days: Summer Camp Is Back!

Summer camp is coming back with more dates to choose from.  You can reserve days for your child now!  Choose one day, selected days, a week, or 3 weeks.  Prices are reduced if purchased in advance. The more days you reserve, the lower the price. Click here for more information and to reserve days.


The 2nd Annual Crossroads Folk Festival Featuring Tom Chapin

The Crossroads Folk Festival has a new date:  June 12th.  Tickets are on sale now.  To purchase in advance and for more information, please click here.


Farming is in High Gear

We have an exciting and ambitious growing plan this year. Field prep is well under way and the glass house is brimming with seedlings.

Field manager Stephanie Kane and the fruits of her labors.


Organically Produced Compost

We are producing our own compost from horse manure.

The material is certified organic for our farm use and is available for your garden or business in small amounts (5 gallons) and in large amounts by the cubic yard.  Buy online or at the store and pick up from the farm.  The production process is a great example of sustainable interaction between two farms, ours and the New York Equestrian Center stables in West Hempstead.


All of us look forward to seeing you around the farm!

With gratitude,

Rick White, NLT Chairman and Farm Advisory Committee Chair

Leonore Russell, Education Director
Stephanie Kane, Field Manager
Judi Consigli, Operations Manager
Danielle Phair, Famstand Coordinator

     

Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
480 Hempstead Avenue
Malverne, NY 11565
516-881-7900

Click here for our volunteer sign-up sheet.

Visit the farm web site.

A stewardship project of the Nassau Land Trust

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Farm Update 3/3/2016

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Visiting Farm Purveyors on the North Fork

Stephanie, Judi, and I spent a wonderful day on the North Fork last week visiting established suppliers and hunting for new ones.  We got to visit old friends and make new aquaintances.  Each stop was enjoyable and educational.  Art Tillman, a great friend of the farm and a one-time Malverne resident, and his daughter Leah Sullivan served as our guides.

The first stop was the North Fork Potato Chip factory.  Martin Sidor, who owns and operates North Fork Potato Chips as well as Martin Sidor Farm where most of the potatoes for the chips come from, welcomed us for the tour.

Martin Sidor talking about making potato chips.

Much of the work is hands on.

From left to right:  Martin Sidor, Judi Consigli, Rick White, Stephanie Kane, and Art Tillman.

Our next stop was 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue.

Owners Tom Geppel and Carol Festa welcomed us and spoke of expansion plans now in the works.  We look forward to working with them over the coming years!

We then moved on to the East End Mushroom Company where John Quigley and Jane Maguire are producing an amazing and high quality mushroom product.

They produce shitake, oyster, and maitake on site hydroponically using no chemicals.

    

The tour continued with a visit with Gene Wesnofske who produces a wide array of vegetables.

The next stop was Widow’s Hole Oyster Company owned and operated by Mike and Isabel Osinski.  We started with an expert tour by the Osinksi’s college-bound daughter.

The farm is in a beautiful cove in Greenport.

We got to sample the product.

Click on the picture above for a short video.

Mike gave us the low-down on the oyster business.

We stopped at Sang Lee Farm to talk with Fred Lee, then finished up at Wickham’s Fruit Farm.

Tom Wickham is an old friend and we are always overjoyed by and in awe of his early tomato plants.

Tom showing us around in one of his historic green houses.

The cider press at Wickhams.

Look for exciting additions to our farm stand as a result of these and many other direct relationships with local producers.


Pop-up Saturday

The farm store opens again full time on May 1st, but on Saturday, March 12th the store will be open from 9 to noon.  It’s buyers club pick up day.  Come on down and pay us a visit.  If you’d like more information about our monthly buyers club , please click here.  This is one good way to be on the inside track for a wide array of local, natural food products like the Long Island-produced mushrooms from East End Mushroom Company.


2016 CSA Books Now Available Online and in the Store

As always, CSA books are a great way to support the farm and get a discount in the store at the same time.  Books are available for $50 and $100 and hold store vouchers worth $55 and $110 respectively.  We sell these books at the beginning of the season to help us pay for farm start up costs.  Please visit our web site to purchase your book now!


Opening Day at the Farm

The farm offically opens on May 1st!  Please join the event on Facebook and show your support!


All of us look forward to seeing you around the farm!

With gratitude,

Rick White, NLT, Farm Advisory Committee, Chair

Leonore Russell, Education Director
Stephanie Kane, Field Manager
Judi Consigli, Operations Manager
Danielle Phair, Famstand Coordinator

     

Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
480 Hempstead Avenue
Malverne, NY 11565
516-881-7900

Click here for our volunteer sign-up sheet.

Visit the farm web site.

A stewardship project of the Nassau Land Trust

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Thanks for 2015

  

December 31, 2015

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All of Us at Crossroads farm wish you and yours the very best for 2016!  

We are most grateful for all the support we have received this year from you and everyone in the farm community:  volunteers, donors, contributors of goods and expertise, and our dedicated staff!  And most of all thanks to you and all in our community who have helped make 2015 a succcess, whether through donations, store patronage, attending events, or participating in some other way.

2016 is upon us and so are the challenges we face every year.  We also depend on financial support from our friends and supporters.  Did you know it costs $6500 per year to feed our animals?  Our electric bill is $1500 per month during the farming season.  We need to pay for water, farm supplies, seeds, and maintenance.  We receive no financial support from Nassau County or any other source of public funding.  A farm is an expensive operation to support.  We depend on your help — and every little bit counts.

It’s not too late to make a tax deductible donation in 2015.  Donations of any size are warmly appreciated.  For donations of $50 or more, we will send you a Crossroads t-shirt to show our appreciation.  When you make your donation, also select a shirt in the size of your choice.


Another Way to Donate:  Help Us Build A Bathroom And Kitchen Building

We want to build and this can happen with your help and support! Our architectural plans have been drawn up.  We have the location plotted. We have the will — and of course, we have a pressing need to get this project underway! This building will be more than just a set of restrooms — it will include a warming kitchen which means the events everyone enjoys at the farm will be greatly enhanced.  Think of how this will enable us to handle on-site, professional food handling and preparation. Think of how visitors of all kinds — school children, volunteers, hard-working farm staff — will enjoy the facility year round.

This building is the foundation for our future growth.  We hope to build in 2016, and this represents the first phase of our strategic plan for growth.  In a later phase, we envision an education center offering year-round space for student class rooms, adult education events, research, and much more!


You may also make contributions by check.  Please make payable and mail to:

Nassau Land Trust
2417 Jericho Turnpike, Box 280
Garden City Park NY 11040

If you have any questions about donating, farm programs, or anything else, please do not hesitiate to reach out to me directly.


Once again, we want to thank you on behalf of local, community farming and for helping to preserve land in our crowded neighborhood.  I look forward to seeing you around the farm!

Sincerely,

Rick White,
Chairman, Nassau Land Trust
Chairman, Farm Advisory Committee
516-308-1794
rwhite@nassaulandtrust.org

P.S.  Want to learn more about the farm over recent years?  Visit our press page and look at how the media have covered the public acquisition and development of the farm as a community project.

     

Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
480 Hempstead Avenue
Malverne, NY 11565
516-881-7900

Click here for our volunteer sign-up sheet.

Visit the farm web site.

A stewardship project of the Nassau Land Trust

  

Farm Update 11/15/2015

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Special Thanks to All Who Support and Enjoy Our Community Farm

The success of Crossroads Farm is not an accident.  Its due to the unceasing support from all the volunteers, educators, sponsors, staff, visiting school children, and all in the community who are involved at the farm throughout the year.  But special thanks go to the volunteers, the dozens of committed people who come together to make something happen bigger than themselves individually.

You made the many events we’ve held so far a great success.  You weeded and planted.  You shopped in the store, listened to music, saw some great theater, sipped some beer or wine, met the animals, enjoyed a hay ride.  Your children enjoyed the swing sets and had their eyes opened to magic of food production.

As a reminder, the farm is operated by the Nassau Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) non profit.  When you support the farm in any way, you are not only having fun and enjoying one of the most precious assets in our community, but you are also supporting the farm financially.  We also depend on monetary donations since we do not receive any public funding support.


Harvest Is Happening

It’s late November but the store is full!  There are many later varieties in the fall harvest.  This is one of our own organic cabbage heads picked yesterday.

We have a cooler full of local organic vegetables.

A table of our own organic items.

We have organic eggs and natural health and beauty items.

   

We have hand-made cards and organic candy.

   

Come and check out our incredible selection of Melissa and Doug toys, including Crossroads Farm tractors, trains, and gardening sets.

Buy a train set or farm tractor online or in the store.


We Sell Firewood!

These are quarter cords.  Buy at the farm stand or online.

  • Bundle: $8.99
  • 1/4 cord: $55.00
  • 1/2 cord: $95.00
  • full cord: $175.00

Holiday Pies!

We are taking pie orders for Thanksgiving from Papa’s Country Porch.  Your goods will be baked shortly before Thanksgiving.  Please visit the store to place your order or shop online.  You can also download the order form to fill out and bring to the store.
  

The Farm Buyers Club

Join the Crossroads Farm buyers club to buy more economically and get just what you need!  Here are some items we recently added.
Click here to learn more about the club and to sign up.

New store hours:  Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 4.  We will announce extended hours to take effect after Thanksgiving soon.


All of us look forward to seeing you around the farm!

With gratitude,

Rick White, NLT, Farm Advisory Committee, Chair
Leonore Russell, Education Director
Stephanie Kane, Greenhouse Manager
Danielle Phair, Famstand Coordinator

     

Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
480 Hempstead Avenue
Malverne, NY 11565
516-881-7900

Click here for our volunteer sign-up sheet.

Visit the farm web site.

A stewardship project of the Nassau Land Trust

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Smashing Pumpkins at Crossroads Farm

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Smashing Pumpkins at Crossroads Farm!

Crossroads Farm will once again be teaming up with the Malverne Civic Association and the Village of Malverne during their annual paper shredding event this Saturday 11/7! We will be hosting our first annual PUMPKIN SMASHING fundraising and composting event from 11AM-2PM.

Smashing pumpkins assists in the decomposition process and helps build up soil enriching compost. Crossroads will also provide hayrides and petting zoos for children.

Please bring your non-painted Halloween pumpkins and gourds down to the farm anytime this week to be composted and used as part of this “smashing” event! Composting also helps keep pumpkins out of the garbage stream, which helps reduce weight, which in turn helps reduce the cost of garbage disposal for the village. It’s a win-win for everyone! It’s going to be another fun event on the farm, so we hope to see you Saturday!

$2 donation to smash a large pumpkin / $1 to smash a small pumpkin
$4 hayrides / petting zoo with feed
Cornhole tournament


The Malverne Civic Association’s Safe Clean-Up Day event will be held at the Malverne Train Station Parking Lot from 10am-1pm.


The farm is operated by the Nassau Land Trust which is a non-profit group of volunteers and a registered 501(c)(3) who’s primary mission is to preserve open land in Nassau County for generations to come. Donations will help sustain the farm operations and will contribute to funding overall maintenance and infrastructure improvements.


All of us look forward to seeing you around the farm!

With gratitude,

Rick White, NLT, Farm Advisory Committee, Chair
Leonore Russell, Education Director
Stephanie Kane, Greenhouse Manager
Danielle Phair, Famstand Coordinator

Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
480 Hempstead Avenue
Malverne, NY 11565
516-881-7900

Click here for our volunteer sign-up sheet.

Visit the farm web site.

A stewardship project of the Nassau Land Trust

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Farm Update 10/9/15

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It’s Pumpkin Picking Time!

Stop by the farm and get the perfect carver!


A month Full of Events

There are so many terrific events in the coming weeks at the farm!  As a reminder, the farm is run by the Nassau Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) non profit.  When you come to an event, you are not only having fun and enjoying one of the most precious assets in our communioty, but you are also supporting the farm financially.

Malverne Civic/Crossroads Farm Annual Wine Tasting, October 16th at 7 PM

This event was reschuled from 10/2/15 to 10/16/15 due to bad weather on the original date.  There is still plenty of time to buy tickets on line at last year’s price!

The third annual at the farm.  Always a festive and fun evening under the stars.  Click here for more information and tickets.

Join this event on Facebook.

We want to thank Bevmax and Mike Berkoff of Franklin Square for being a sponsor for this even!

Courageous Cats on October 11th at noon

The Fall Festival

Always a fall favorite at the farm!

Oktoberfest on October 24th at 1 PM

Click here to buy tickets online.  Click here to join the event on Facebook.

“The Demon Trail at Crossroads”: an adult haunted farm experience!

Tickets are now $10!  Performances at 8 PM on 10/23, 10/24, 10/30, and 10/31.

Click here to buy tickets online.  Click here to join the event on Facebook.

The Forest of Magic and Mystery: Halloween show for kids

The Malverne Community Theatre presents an interactive theater event for children followed by a costume contest and Hallowwen party.

Starts at 12 noon on October 31st.  Tickets $5 per child at the door.


All of us look forward to seeing you around the farm!

With gratitude,

Rick White, NLT, Farm Advisory Committee, Chair
Leonore Russell, Education Director
Stephanie Kane, Greenhouse Manager
Danielle Phair, Famstand Coordinator

Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
480 Hempstead Avenue
Malverne, NY 11565
516-881-7900

Click here for our volunteer sign-up sheet.

Visit the farm web site.

A stewardship project of the Nassau Land Trust

 | like us on Facebook

Farm Update 9/12/15

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Exciting Fall Events Coming Up the Farm

Kids Health Day on Saturday, September 19th at 12 noon

   

A free, fun-packed day for kids and families on a day designed to encourage healthy lifestyles for kids.  Join this event on Facebook.

Malverne Civic/Crossroads Farm Annual Wine Tasting, October 2nd at 7 PM

The third annual at the farm.  Always a festive and fun evening under the stars.  Click here for more information and tickets.

Join this event on Facebook.

Other Events on the Calendar

We Do Parties!

Crossroads Birthday Parties

Visit our web site or contact us by email or phone at 516-582-8238 to inquire about booking your child’s birthday party at the farm.

With gratitude,

Rick White, NLT, Farm Advisory Committee, Chair
Leonore Russell, Education Director
Stephanie Kane, Greenhouse Manager
Danielle Phair, Famstand Coordinator
Abe Korman, Field Manager

Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
480 Hempstead Avenue
Malverne, NY 11565
516-881-7900

Click here for our volunteer sign-up sheet.

Visit the farm web site.

A stewardship project of the Nassau Land Trust

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Farm Update: 9/2/15

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The Store Is Full and the Harvest Is On!

   

Open every day except Monday.  Click here for more information on the farm stand.

Farmer’s Market Tomorrow, Featuring Fruits from Wickham’s Fruit Farm

   

Click here for more on the market.  Please stop by to visit with our many high-quality vendors:

  • The Big Cheese
  • Sep’s Family Farm
  • Miss Amy’s
  • Monty’s Bread
  • Scone Heads
  • Wickham’s Fruit Farm (peaches and berries this week)
  • Pickles

Upcoming Events at the Farm

We have a bushel load of terrific events coming up on the Farm calendar:

We Do Parties!

Crossroads Birthday Parties

Visit our web site or contact us by email or phone at 516-582-8238 to inquire about booking your child’s birthday party at the farm.

With gratitude,

Rick White, NLT, Farm Advisory Committee, Chair
Leonore Russell, Education Director
Stephanie Kane, Greenhouse Manager
Danielle Phair, Famstand Coordinator
Abe Korman, Field Manager

Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
480 Hempstead Avenue
Malverne, NY 11565
516-881-7900

Click here for our volunteer sign-up sheet.

Visit the farm web site.

A stewardship project of the Nassau Land Trust

 | like us on Facebook