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Barred Plymouth Rock T-Shirt Giveaway

To celebrate the first week of her blog The Vintage Hen and the revamped HenCam, professional cook, food writer and animal lover, Terry Golson is hosting a Barred Plymouth Rock t-shirt giveaway sponsored by Crooked Brook. The contest will close on Saturday, June 2 at 9 pm EDT.

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Summer Wildflower Honey Review: Honey Like No One Else

This is a review of our Summer Wildflower Honey by Honey Like No One Else  [Read More]
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Giveaway Winners - Mohawk Valley Trading Company

Congratulations:

Nancy Shobe, you are the winner of Custom Hoodie Hooded Sweatshirt: Dominique Chicken Giveaway 1

Trent Rowe, you are the winner of Buckwheat Honey T-Shirt Giveaway 1

We’ve sent you an email and look forward to your reply.

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Maple Syrup T-Shirt Giveaway 1

Maple Syrup T-Shirt Giveaway 1 is sponsored by Crooked Brook. The prize is a white, Gildan, 6.1 oz. 100% preshrunk cotton, t-shirt printed with the image of our maple syrup label and URL printed on the back.

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Buckwheat Honey T-Shirt Giveaway 1

Buckwheat Honey T-Shirt Giveaway 1 is sponsored by Crooked Brook. The prize is a White, Gildan G200, 6.1 oz. Ultra Cotton® T-Shirt made in 100% preshrunk cotton with the image of our Buckwheat Honey label and URL printed on the back.  [Read More]
 
 

Maple Syrup Production in North America -The Evolution

The production of maple syrup in North America predates European colonization. Early Native American societies in Canada and the northeastern United States were distilling maple syrup and sugar before those geographic boundaries existed. There is no written record of the first syrup production but several native legends persist. Many tribes celebrated the short maple sap collection season with specific rituals.

The Native Americans collected maple sap from v-shaped notches carved into maple trees. The sap was diverted into birch bark buckets using bark or reeds.  It was concentrated by placing hot stones into the buckets or by freezing the sap and removing the ice, which is composed only of water.

When Europeans reached northeastern America they adapted native techniques to make their own maple syrup. The v-shaped notches were replaced with auger-drilled holes. This practice is less damaging to the trees. Bark buckets were replaced with seamless wooden buckets carved from lumber rounds.  The method of sap concentration also changed from passive to active. Large amounts of sap were collected and brought to a single area where it was boiled over fires in round cauldrons until reduced to the desired consistency. ‘Sugar shacks’ were built expressly for the purpose of sap boiling. Draft animals were often used to haul fire wood and large containers of sap for sugaring. Maple syrup was an important food additive in early America because imported cane sugar was not yet available.  

In the mid-1800’s syrup production changed again. Round cauldrons were replaced by flat pans in order to increase surface area and therefore allow for faster evaporation. Over the next 60 year several variations on this design were patented. Draft animals were replaced by tractors and heating methods expanded to include propane, oil and natural gas as well as wood.

The 1970’s represent another period of major changes in maple syrup production.  Plastic tubing running directly from trees to the sugaring location eliminated the need for energy and time intensive sap collection. Reverse osmosis and pre-heating made syrup production more efficient. Recent advances have been made in sugarbush (maple trees used primarily for syrup production) management, filtration and storage.

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. 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.

Despite these changes in equipment, the production of maple syrup has changed very little in hundreds of years. Unlike most modern crops, maple syrup production remains a seasonal activity. Maple producers are limited more by the weather than any other factor. The sugaring season generally begins in February and runs through April. It varies year to year based on daytime and nighttime temperature fluctuations. Ideal sugaring weather requires warm days (around 40°F) and freezing nights (around 20°F). When the days get warmer and it stops freezing at night the tree buds begin to swell and the sap changes. When the sap turns from clear to yellow it is no longer useful for sap production.  Even short periods of unseasonably warm weather can cause the sap to turn, effectively ending the season. Red Maple trees leaf out earlier than Sugar and Black Maple trees, making them less desirable for sugaring.



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Custom Hoodie Hooded Sweatshirt: Dominique Chicken Giveaway 1

For Custom Hoodie Hooded Sweatshirt Giveaway 1, our friends at Crooked Brook are offering a heather grey hoodie with an embroidered Dominique Chicken on the back.

Custom Hoodie - Dominique Chicken 

The winner can get this hoodie with just the Dominique Chicken, or with:   
   
1.    The name of your farm, ranch or business.
2.    Town and state or URL.
3.    Tag line or goods and services.

The above options are subject to approval by Crooked Brook.

The value of this hoodie, including shipping is $90.00.

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

What breed of live stock would you like to see for Custom Hoodie Hooded Sweatshirt Giveaway 2?

Terms & Conditions:

You must be 18 years or older to win.
Contest ends midnight (Eastern Standard Time) 05/24/12.
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.

About The Dominique

The Dominique, also known as Dominicker or Pilgrim Fowl, is a breed of chicken (Gallus gallus) originating in the United States during the Colonial. It is considered America's oldest breed of chicken, probably descending from chickens brought to New England from southern England during colonial times. By the 19th century, they were widely popular and were raised in many parts of the country. Dominiques are a dual purpose breed, being valued for their meat as well as for their brown eggs. They weigh 6 to 8 pounds (2.7 to 3.6 kg) at maturity. In earlier times, their feathers were much sought after as stuffing for pillows and mattresses.

After the Plymouth Rock breed was developed from the Dominiques in the 1870s, the Dominiques' popularity declined, until by 1950 they were so rare as to be considered nearly extinct. During the 1970s, Dominiques were listed in "Critical" status by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, with fewer than 500 breeding birds in North America. However, due to a revival of interest in them and other rare breeds, the Dominiques have made a comeback and are now listed on the "Watch" list, indicating lesser danger of extinction.

About 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 hooded sweatshirts; they are thin, ill fitting, lose their color, shape and shrink excessively after the first wash.
 

 
 

Custom T-Shirt - Blue Andalusian Giveaway 1

The Andalusian is a breed of chicken originating in the Andalucia region of Spain. Often called the Blue Andalusian for the color accepted for showing by the American Poultry Association, they also appear in Splash (mottled) and Black. They are classified as "Mediterranean" chickens, and like other breeds from this class, they are closely feathered, active, and good layers of white eggs. Although the only color pattern recognized by the American Poultry Association is Blue, when you cross two blues you will get some whites and some blacks. Because of this, they are relatively rare except amongst poultry enthusiasts and small backyard flock owners interested in preserving heritage breeds. These rare egg laying chickens lay up to 160 eggs per year.

The Mohawk Valley Trading Co. has asked Crooked Brook to do the t-shirt printing for Blue Andalusian t-shirt giveaway 1.

T-Shirt - Blue Andalusian 1

This t-shirt is a white, Gildan, G200 6.1 oz. Ultra Cotton® T-Shirt made in 100% preshrunk cotton, taped shoulder-to-shoulder with a seamless collar and double-needle stitching throughout and the image of a Blue Andalusian printed on the front.

Crooked Brook t-shirts are printed using Direct to Garment Printing (DTG printing or digital garment printing) which is the process of using inkjet printers to print an image directly onto a t-shirt without the use of screens like with silk screening or screen printing. Direct to Garment printing (DTG) technology uses eco-friendly, water soluble ink, unlike some screen printing methods that layer 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 minimums for custom t-shirts.

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

What breed of chicken would you like to see for the next t-shirt giveaway?

Terms & Conditions:
You must be 18 years or older to win.
Contest ends midnight (Eastern Standard Time) 05/10/12.
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.

The t-shirt evolved from undergarments used in the 19th century, through cutting the one-piece "union suit" underwear into separate top and bottom garments, with the top long enough to tuck under the waistband of the bottoms. By the Great Depression, the t-shirt was often the default garment to be worn when doing farm or ranch chores, as well as other times when modesty called for a torso covering but conditions called for lightweight fabrics.

T-shirts, with and without buttons, were adopted by miners and stevedores during the late 19th century as a convenient covering for hot environments.

T-shirts, as a slip-on garment without buttons, originally became popular in the United States when they were issued by the U.S. Navy during or following the Spanish American War. These were a crew-necked, short-sleeved, white cotton undershirt to be worn under a uniform. It became common for sailors and Marines in work parties, the early submarines, and tropical climates to remove their uniform "jacket", wearing (and soiling) only the undershirt.

Named the t-shirt due to the shape of the garment's outline, it soon became popular as a bottom layer of clothing for workers in various industries, including agriculture. The t-shirt was easily fitted, easily cleaned, were made in various colors and patterns and inexpensive, and for this reason it became the shirt of choice for young boys.

In comparison to screen printed garments, DTG printed garments can be just as durable and more eco-friendly. Screen printing also requires a lot of setup ie. creating screens for each color. The only thing Direct to Garment Printing (DTG) printing requires is for the image to be high resolution.

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Raw Honey: Chef Tom Colicchio on the Mohawk Valley Trading Company

Our raw honey is used and endorsed by one of by the world’s most recognized chefs: Tom Colicchio and here is what Tom has to say about it:


If you’re looking for really great honey, here’s my first piece of advice to you: You’re unlikely to find it in a plastic squeeze bottle shaped like a bear.
 
My second piece of advice: Try these raw honeys from Mohawk Valley Trading Company. Raw honey is unfiltered, unheated and totally unprocessed, and contains all of the same pollen, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, aromatics and amino acids that it had while still in the hive. I’m told that raw honey has all kinds of health benefits, but I love it because I think it tastes exactly as honey should and has a wonderful, spreadable consistency and a slightly crunchy, substantial texture.
 
Not only do we use raw honeys from Mohawk Valley Trading Company at Craftbar, ’wichcraft and Colicchio & Sons, but I keep a jar of the stuff on my desk at all times.

Raw Apple Blossom Honey
This is derived primarily from the nectar of Fuji, Wolf River, Crispen, Sweet Sixteen, Pound Sweet, Granny Smith, Winesap, Fortune, Cortland, Empire, Ginger Gold, Macoun, Spigold, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Golden Delicous, Acey Mac and other apple blossoms.

Raw Adirondack Wildflower Autumn Honey
Derived primarily from the nectar of Goldenrod, in addition to, but not limited to Jewelweed, Purple Aster, Spotted Knapweed, Chicory, Queen Anne's Lace, Creeping Bellflower and other wildflowers.


Raw Maine Wild Blueberry Blossom Honey
Derived from low bush blueberries, which are harvested once every other year.  Low bush blueberry blossoms have small white or pink bell-shaped flowers and are rich in antioxidants.
 
The three varieties are subtly different from each other: the wildflower autumn honey is a little bit floral, the apple blossom honey is slightly creamy and mellow, and the maine wild blueberry blossom honey has a deeper, bolder flavor than the others. Try any of the three in glazes, subbed in for sugar while baking or simply on warm toast or in tea.
 
Keep in mind that over time raw honey will naturally crystallize (if you ask me, all the better for eating it straight from the jar). Just place the jar in warm water to soften it.
 
Eat Well and Cook Often,

 


 

 
 

Custom Embroidered Polo Shirt: Walleye Giveaway 1

The walleye is a freshwater native to most of the northern United States and Canada. It is also called the yellow walleye to differentiate it from the blue walleye, which is an extinct subspecies that used to inhabit the southern Great Lakes.

Although it is the state fish of Minnesota and South Dakota, more walleye is eaten in Minnesota than in any other state. Baudette and Garrison, Minnesota both declare to be the "Walleye Capital of the World," each with a large statue of a walleye.

In honor of the Sander vitreus (formerly Stizostedion vitreum), The Mohawk Valley Trading Co. has teamed up with Crooked Brook to sponsor a walleye embroidered polo shirt giveaway.

Embroidered Walleye 1

This is a first quality custom polo shirt with a walleye embroidered on the left chest. The brand, color, gender and size of the polo shirt 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 polo shirt as close to their request as possible.

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

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

Terms & Conditions:
You must be 18 years or older to win.
Contest ends midnight (Eastern Standard Time) 05/09/12.
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.

Polo shirts are also called "polos" or tennis shirts and they became so popular on golf courses, people started calling them golf shirts.  Although the words "polo shirt" and "golf shirt" are used interchangeably, the term "polo shirt" is more popular. Promotional polo shirts are one of the most popular promotional apparel items because they make great gifts and are an excellent way to build brand recognition and promote your business.

 
 
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