Mohawk Valley Trading Company - Honey - Maple Syrup - Beeswax Candles

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Chef Tom Colicchio on Mohawk Valley Trading Company Honey

The Mohawk Valley Trading Company (MVTC) offers the highest quality organic and unprocessed natural products we can produce. Our raw honey and maple syrup is used and endorsed by two of by the world’s most recognized chefs: Bobby Flay recommends our maple syrup and Tom Colicchio recommends our honey. Not only does Tom say our honey is one of his “Personal Pantry Essentials” and “Favorite Gifts” but he also keeps “a jar of the stuff on my desk at all times.”

Tom recently added three more of our honeys to his collection and here is what he has to say about them:

I’ve already shared some of Mohawk Valley Trading Company’s truly extraordinary raw honeys with you and I know many of you have become coverts. So, I’m adding three more of their honeys to my collection:

Tulip Poplar-Black Locust Honey
This honey is derived from the nectars of the Tulip Poplar and Black Locust tree blossoms, which bloom around the same time of the year.

Summer Wildflower Honey
Collected from a range of flowers blooming wild throughout the summer season; Wildflower honey, also known as polyfloral honey, is derived from the nectar of numerous species of flowers or blossoms. The taste, aroma and flavor will vary from season to season, depending on what flowers are dominant at the time the nectar is collected.

Goldenrod Honey
Derived from the pure nectar of wild goldenrod. When Goldenrod is the major nectar source of a honey you get a honey that is golden, spicy, and mildly pungent tasting.

The three varieties are subtly different from each other: the tulip poplar & black locust honey is the deepest, richest, and most powerfully floral of the bunch, the goldenrod honey is clean and mildly spicy, and the summer wildflower honey fits somewhere in the middle, varying based on the particular range of nectars collected for a given batch.

Think about using these thick, complex honeys on yogurt, as a substitute for granulated sugar when baking, or just smeared onto toast. Personally? I also eat good honey plain, with a spoon. But no matter how you use them, these honeys will be a real star. They’re head and shoulders above the mass-market stuff you buy in the supermarket.

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Hoodie - Hooded Sweatshirt Giveaway 2

When it got down to 30 the other night, we had to break out the hoodies and that reminded us that it was time to team up with Crooked Brook again to sponsor another hoodie giveaway. Hooded sweatshirts were popular with people who worked outdoors, way before they became fashionable and were called hoodies.

Hoodie

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These giveaways are first quality, blank hoodies from Crooked Brook’s inventory. The brand, color, gender and size of the hoodie will be determined by what they have in stock at the time the winner is announced. Crooked Brook will try their best to send winner’s a hoodie as close to their request as possible.

Hopefully, for the next giveaway we can offer printed or custom embroidered hoodies.

The winner will be chosen randomly, from those who post a comment with an answer to this question;

What color, gender and size hoodie would you like to win?

Terms & Conditions:

You must be 18 years or older to win.
Contest ends midnight (Eastern Standard Time) 05/06/12.
Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email.
Winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
Crooked Brook will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end.
Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.

The origin of the hoodie goes back to the Middle Ages when the standard trappings for monks was a long tunic or robe with a cowl. The hooded sweatshirt as we know it today, was invented in the United States by Champion (an apparel manufacturer specializing in sportswear) in the 1930s and the word hoodie or hoody started to appear in popular culture in the 1990s.

Today, almost every major apparel brand offers a line of hoodies. Some high-end brands offer hoodies in high-performance fabrics, knitted silk, merino wool or other fabrics. With all of the different brands, styles, profiles, fabrics and colors of hoodies to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming.

Whatever you do don’t buy cheap hooded sweatshirts; they are thin, ill fitting, lose their color, shape and shrink excessively after the first wash.

 
 

Buckwheat Honey Giveaway 1 at Honey Like No One Else

Honey Like No One Else is a site run by Eric who lives in Saline, Michigan and he hosting his first ever giveaway where you can enter to win a jar of Buckwheat Honey from the Mohawk Valley Trading Company.

Here is a little info about Eric and why he has a separate blog on his main site dedicated to honey:

My name is Eric. I live in Saline, Michigan with my wife (Donna) and two daughters, Hannah (4) and Autumn (1). I have been enjoying varietal honeys ever since I first tasted orange blossom and avocado blossom honeys during a trip to California in 2011. I have started up a separate blog from my main blog to share my passion for great tasting honey and the stories behind them.

Why have a separate blog on my site dedicated to honey? Honey is a very diverse sweetener that is collected in a variety of ways. There are so many interesting stories out there on how the beekeepers get their honey. I plan to bring you those interesting stories. I also want to share some of the nation’s best honeys with a focus in my own backyard (Michigan).

I got into varietal honey about a year ago. I was a skeptic at first. I thought I would never be able to tell the difference between a clover honey and an orange blossom. While visiting California, I tasted some honey at a farmer’s market. I was surprised at the flavor my tongue was experiencing. That day I bought my first orange blossom honey as well as some avocado honey. I have tried many different honeys since from cranberry blossom to star thistle to sourwood. All have their own unique flavor.

On this blog you will find interviews with beekeepers, reviews of honeys, recipes, and sources to buy honey. I am planning on taking all this research and turning into my very first e-book.


There are multiple ways for you to gain entries into this contest and if you would like to enter to win a jar of Buckwheat Honey head on over to Honey Like No One Else.

 
 

Raw Buckwheat Honey Review

Buckwheat honey is well known in the holistic medicine world because it has a high mineral content and antioxidant compounds. When I was sick with a chest cold I could not stop coughing. I tried an over the counter cough syrup and got no relief. Then I tried the raw buckwheat honey and it worked better than the store bought cough syrup! I have recommended this to several of my friends and they too have confirmed that it truly worked.

If you are planning to use buckwheat honey for its health-benefits, raw buckwheat honey is the specific type you need. This is because heating of any honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, live enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics; these are the important parts to receive the health benefits.

Buckwheat is neither a grass nor wheat, but is a fruit related to rhubarb it was one of the first crops cultivated in the United States. Dutch colonists brought buckwheat to North America where they planted it along the Hudson River. Buckwheat was sometimes called beech wheat, because its seeds look like small beech nuts.

Buckwheat was an important crop in the U.S. until the demand declined in the 1960's. Buckwheat honey is not a widespread honey and finding it locally may be difficult because today, buckwheat is primarily grown in the northern states.

Buckwheat seeds are also used or making gluten free flour and buckwheat blossoms are an excellent source of nectar and blooming can continue well into the autumn.

Buckwheat hulls are used as filling for pillows and zafu. The hulls are durable and do not conduct or reflect heat as much as synthetic fills and they are an excellent substitute to feathers for people with allergies. However, buckwheat hull pillows made with uncleaned and unprocessed hulls contain high levels of allergens that may trigger an asthma attack in those who are at risk.

Raw buckwheat honey has a deep, dark brown color, strong, pungent, molasses like earthy flavor, that I found is very different from other fruit blossom or wildflower  honey. In my opinion, the flavor wavers toward the savory side rather than sweet aromatics of your typical honey. I decided to not use this for my sweet baked goods but instead for breads, barbeque sauce and other sauces that contain already hearty ingredients like dark beer and mustards.

Not all honey is created equal and that is the case for the raw buckwheat honey, although it is honey, it is not one that should be used as a substitute for wildflower honey because it is very, very different; Though in the right application it adds an extraordinary dimension to a dish.

I made a loaf of honey wheat bread and the depth of flavor was absolutely fantastic! The earthy flavor and the more subdued sweetness made the bread great for toast and sandwiches. I have used the buckwheat honey as a glaze by itself on grilled meats what were prepped with a dry rub, when the honey met the dry rub they created a barbeque sauce that was one of a kind. I also experimented with the honey by adding it to my honey mustard dressing recipe and now it is a staple in my home.

Try this recipe out for yourself; you will be amazed how well the buckwheat honey flavor works!

Milk and Buckwheat Honey Loaf


Makes 1 loaf
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup raw buckwheat honey

Directions:

Grease a 7 by 3-inch loaf pan. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Put the wheat flour in a mixing bowl. Sift the white flour, baking powder, and salt over the wheat flour. Measure the milk in a 2-cup measure and incorporate the buckwheat honey at a drizzle. Pour the milk and honey mixture into the flour and beat until well combined. Pour into the loaf pan and bake 40 to 50 minutes, until humped and well browned.

 
 

Fleece Blanket Giveaway 2 Winner!!!

Congratulations AJ Campbell, you are the winner of  Fleece Blanket Giveaway 2!!!

We’ve sent you an email and look forward to your reply. To all you other Local Harvest followers; don’t bum out ‘cuz there’s plenty more Fleece Blanket Giveaways in the works, so keep coming back to our blog. If you can’t wait to win one, contact Crooked Brook.

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Raw Honey - Benefits of Raw Honey Are Beyond Measure

Raw honey is one more food on the extensive list of raw foods that have been confirmed to be healthier for you than what is normally found in the super market. The benefits of raw honey are so numerous we can not even begin to list all of them here, however we will try. It is one of the world’s oldest foods that will not only provide you with plenty of health benefits, but it tastes delicious. It is common knowledge that when heat is applied fruit or vegetables that they lose some of their nutritional value. When honey is heated and filtered it looses many of the health benefits that make it so popular.

Honey has been around for millennia and Historians don’t even know how far back they can date the use of honey in cultures. It is impossible know exactly how long humans have been collecting and eating honey because even the earliest historical records indicate that we have known of the power of the bee and the uses of the honey.

Cave paintings supposed to have been done in or around 7000 BC shows that people were harvesting honey even then. Honey bees date back even further than that record by centuries. Fossils show proof that bees were pollinating and producing honey over 150 million years ago, which leads us to believe that the first people may have made use of honey.

Honey is still one of the most essential components in a great deal of cooking and baking, it’s relative health properties and the resurgence in interest in holistic medicine and healing is also helpful to the honey industry.

Unfortunately, the majority of the honey found in our supermarkets today has been heavily processed. Many unscrupulous commercial honey producers chemically refine, blend and heat their honey which can all eradicate the many health benefits honey has to offer. That is the reason why raw honey is not like most honey, it is exceptional in that it has the same qualities it had when it was in the bee hive.

Raw honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties is full of vitamins, minerals, bee propolis, royal jelly, wax and pollen. The vitamins that are found in honey include B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and some amino acids. There are also several minerals including copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and zinc.

When you consume raw honey you give your body a dose of vitamins, amino acids and minerals as well as a burst of energy. Raw honey can increase your energy, strength as well as your endurance and is also been known to lessen muscle fatigue.

Raw wildflower honey is often used by pollen allergy sufferers to lessen their sensitivity to pollen by eating 1 to 2 tsp. of it each day. The idea is, that by introducing small amounts of pollen into their system by eating raw honey, a tolerance to pollen allergens is built up.


Today, many people only perceive honey as the little plastic bear kept the kitchen cupboard but it is so much more. Make it part of your daily routine to include raw honey in your diet or as a substitution for sugar. No matter how you consume raw honey, you will harvest the benefits of this really marvelous contribution from our friends the bees.

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"Dude, It's NOT Beef!" T-Shirt Winner

Congratulations Larry Mirman, you are the winner of the "Dude, It's NOT Beef!" T-Shirt Giveaway.

 



We’ve sent you an email and look forward to your reply. To all you other Local Harvest followers; don’t bum out ‘cuz there’s plenty T-Shirt Giveaways in the works, so keep coming back to our blog. If you can’t wait to win one, contact Crooked Brook.

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Hoodie - Hooded Sweatshirt Giveaway 1

Hooded sweatshirts were popular with people who worked outdoors, way before they became fashionable and were called hoodies.

The origin of the hoodie goes back to the Middle Ages when the standard trappings for monks was a long tunic or robe with a cowl. The hooded sweatshirt as we know it today, was invented in the United States by Champion (an apparel manufacturer specializing in sportswear) in the 1930s and the word hoodie or hoody started to appear in popular culture in the 1990s.

Today, almost every major apparel brand offers a line of hoodies. Some high-end brands offer hoodies in high-performance fabrics, knitted silk, merino wool or other fabrics. With all of the different brands, styles, profiles, fabrics and colors of hoodies to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming.

Whatever you do don’t buy cheap hoodies; they are thin, ill fitting, lose their color, shape and shrink excessively after the first wash. However, high quality hoodies can be costly, but fear not;
 
The Mohawk Valley Trading Co. has teamed up with Crooked Brook to sponsor some adult and kids hoodie giveaways.

Hoodie

(Image for example only. Brand, color, gender and size to be determined)


These giveaways are first quality, blank hoodies from Crooked Brook’s inventory. The brand, color, gender and size of the hoodie will be determined by what they have in stock at the time the winner is announced. Crooked Brook will try their best to send winner’s a hoodie as close to their request as possible.

Hopefully, for the next giveaway we can offer printed or embroidered custom hoodies.

The winner will be chosen randomly, from those who post a comment with an answer to this question;

What color, gender and size hoodie would you like to win?

Terms & Conditions:

You must be 18 years or older to win.
Contest ends midnight (Eastern Standard Time) 04/15/12.
Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email.
Winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.  
Crooked Brook will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end.
Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.

 
 

Fleece Blanket Giveaway 2

Michele was the winner of Fleece Blanket Giveaway 1 and as we said, there are plenty more Fleece Blanket Giveaways in the works, so here it is:

Fleece blankets (also called fleece throws) are made from Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or other synthetic fibers and can also be made out of recycled PET bottles or recycled fleece. They are lightweight, warm, soft, and hydrophobic; holding less than 1% of their weight in water which allows them to retain much of their insulating powers even when wet.

Fleece blankets are machine washable, dry quickly, are very breathable and will not lose their thickness when compressed; it does not matter if you crush, pull, twist or wad up the blanket it will come back to its original shape and thickness.

It is these properties that make fleece blankets ideal around your household or farm and The Mohawk Valley Trading Co. has teamed up with Crooked Brook to sponsor some fleece blanket giveaways.

These are blank, wholesale fleece blankets with a slight imperfection or personalized fleece blankets with an embroidery mistake.

There are many things you could do with these second quality fleece throws. First, if it is a smudge that can be washed out, you may be able to use the blankets as they are. If not, you could decorate it with a crocheted edge or make fleece pullovers, scarves, booties, hats, vests and lots of other items.

Fleece Hat

These fleece blankets are great keep to in your vehicle, for your cat, dog or a baby animal that needs to be kept warm.

Cat Lying on Fleece Blanket


Actually, you could do whatever you want with it.

The prize for this Fleece Blanket Giveaway is a 50” x 60”, 100% polyester fleece blanket with a slight imperfection or an embroidery mistake. The color of the fleece blanket will be determined by what Crooked Brook has at the time the winner is announced, and they will try their best to send the winner’s blanket in the color they would like to win.

To enter, leave a comment here about the color of fleece blanket you would like to win and what you would do with it.

The winner will be randomly chosen.

Terms & Conditions:

You must be 18 years or older to win.
Contest ends midnight (Eastern Standard Time) 04/10/12.
Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email.
Winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.  
Crooked Brook will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end.
Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.

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"Dude, It's NOT Beef!" T-Shirt Giveaway

Beef Products Inc., the maker of “Pink Slime” suspended operations last Monday at all but one plant where the “lean finely textured beef (LFTB)” or “boneless lean beef trimmings” are processed, acknowledging current public backlash over the product has cost the company business.

Pink Slime

Following the suspension of operations at the plants, members of the media and leaders that included Governors from meat-producing states were invited to tour the facilities in an attempt to repudiate what they called "inaccurate information" that they claimed as having caused "an unnecessary panic among consumers." The publicity tour emerged with the promotional slogan, "Dude, it's beef!"

 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said after the tour "Let's call this product what it is and let 'pink slime' become a term of the past," after which officials showed off t-shirts swith the slogan, "Dude, it's beef!"

"I think a big part of the campaign problem has been the other side has had a catchy name,” Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said. “I hope, 'Dude, it's beef,' catches on because that's what this is.  Dude, it's beef."

Well, we beg to differ and in response to this, The Mohawk Valley Trading Co. has partnered with custom t-shirt printer Crooked Brook to sponsor a “Dude, It’s Not Beef!” T-Shirt Giveaway.

Dude It’s Not Beef! T-Shirt


This white, 6.1 oz., 100% cotton t-shirt is printed with Direct to Garment printing (DTG) technology which uses eco-friendly, water soluble ink that bonds to the molecules of the fabric, unlike most screen printing which layers Plastisol (a suspension of PVC particles in a plasticizer) on top of the t-shirt. DTG allows photographic quality printing with no setup fee or minimum you can order as few as one custom t-shirt.

The winner will be chosen randomly, from those who post a comment with an answer to this question;

What do you think about “Pink Slime”?

Terms & Conditions:

You must be 18 years or older to win.
Contest ends midnight (Eastern Standard Time) 04/08/12.
Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email.
Winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.  
Crooked Brook will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end.
Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.

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Maple Syrup Grades: Part 1

There are two well known systems of maple syrup grading in use today. One system is used in Canada (where 80% of the world’s maple syrup is produced) and another system is used in the United States of America. Both systems are based on color and translucence with relate to the flavor of the syrup. Different grades are produced by the same trees over the length of the season.

Syrup thickness is not related to grade. State and Province laws dictate minimum thickness requirements for syrup. For example, New York State requires a thickness of 66% solids. Vermont has stricter laws, requiring 67.1% thickness. These minimums protect the consumer from being cheated by a diluted product. Thicker syrups are also safer to consume, with only 62% solids a syrup is likely to contain and breed dangerous pathogens.

The Canadian system assigns numerical grades from 1 to 3 with several subcategories. Grades are established based on light transmittance. Number 1 syrup is broken down to Extra Light, Light and Medium. The lightest syrup varies from full (100%) light transmittance to 75%. In comparison, light and medium vary from 74.9%-60.5% and 60.45-44% respectively.  Number 2 syrup is classified as Amber and has a range of 43.9%-27% light transmittance. Number 3 syrup is darkest and includes all syrup below 27% light transmittance.

The US maple grading system assigns grades ranging from AA to Commercial Grade. AA syrup is also labeled light amber or ‘Extra Fancy’ and is equivalent to Canadian number 1. Many people incorrectly assume that syrup with the highest grade has the strongest maple flavor, but the opposite is true. This syrup has the lightest flavor, it reads as subtle to some and weak to others. AA syrup is made from the earliest sap; approximately 25-30% of syrup production will fall into this grade. This syrup will produce the lightest maple sugar with the most subtle flavor. Bias toward the label of ‘AA’ means this syrup is often more expensive than the others.

Grade A syrup is divided into medium amber and dark amber. These syrups are darker in color and have a stronger maple flavor. Medium amber is often used as table syrup for pancakes and other breakfast foods. Some people think dark amber syrup is too strong for table use and prefer to use it for baking. 50-60% of maple syrup falls into these two categories.

Grade B is very dark; it is the same as Canadian number 2. This syrup has the strongest flavor. Grade B is the best syrup for baking, it allows for a strong maple flavor without adding too much liquid. It is also used as table syrup for those who love strong maple flavor. Only 10% of syrup is labeled Grade B. Since maple syrup recipes usually do not specify any particular grade to use, take into consideration that darker colored syrups will produce dishes that a have a pronounced maple flavor.

Vermont produces the majority of maple syrup in America. Other important states in maple production include New York and Maine. Vermont has its own grading system; it is very similar to the American grading system but includes a grade below B. Commercial grade syrup is not sold bottled for use. It is used as a flavor additive in other products. Commercial syrup is the darkest syrup produce, only 2-3% fits this label. In Vermont, syrup grading is taken very seriously. Fines of more than $1000 are applied for mislabeling syrup. At this time there are motions in the state of Vermont to make it a felony to market fake maple products as real maple syrup.

Fleece Blanket Giveaway 1 Winner!!!

Congratulations Michele Pineda, you are the winner of Fleece Blanket Giveaway 1!!!

 

We’ve sent you an email and look forward to your reply. To all you other Local Harvest followers; don’t bum out ‘cuz there’s plenty more Fleece Blanket Giveaways in the works, so keep coming back to our blog. If you can’t wait to win one, contact Crooked Brook.

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