CBCSA WEEK #22 (B): News from Windflower Farm

Hi Everyone,

Attached is the last news of the 2016 CBCSA season from our farmer, Ted Blomgren, from Windflower Farm. Consider sticking around for the winter by purchasing a winter share (details below).

It’s been the Core Group’s pleasure getting to know you all this season. We look forward to seeing you again next year, if not sooner! Stay tuned for our end of season survey coming in the upcoming week.

Take care!

News from Windflower Farm

22nd and Final Distribution, November 1st and 3rd, 2016

This week’s share:

Yellow or red onions and possibly more leeks

Sweet potatoes and ‘Delicata’ squashes

Your choice between sage, lemongrass and Rosemary, plus chiles

Spinach and a lettuce mix

And your choices of two bunches of greens from a list that includes kale, choy, chard, escarole, collards and a mustard mix

Our winter share signup is underway. Click this link to learn more and to sign up by our early November deadline: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/m1xr27rk05nzoa8/

The winter share is comprised of four once-a-month deliveries of our stored squashes, onions, leeks, carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and fresh salad greens from our greenhouses, along with apples, pears and either cider or jam. We hope you’ll join us!

As you already know, this week’s delivery is the last of our ‘summer’ season. On behalf of our staff and the farmers we work with to deliver fruit and egg shares, Jan and I would like to express our thanks to all of you for your membership in the Windflower Farm community. Your purchase of a share in our farm’s 2016 vegetable and flower harvest made possible the employment of some 18 people grateful for the good work of growing healthy food in a sustainable way. We appreciate that you have shared in the adventure of navigating a season long on hot weather and short on rainfall. As is the case every year, there were successes and failures, too many of some things, and too few of others. That you are with us, rooting for us, and that as shareholders you have “skin in the game,” adds immeasurably to the meaning of our labors. We hope you have enjoyed your shares of vegetables, cut flowers, fruits, and eggs and your connection to our farm, and we hope to see you again next year.

We value your thoughts and ask that you provide us with your responses to our end-of-season survey. It should be available midweek next week.

The CSA model continues to thrive because of the active participation of people in their food system. That includes all of you, of course, but there is a special group of you who make a substantially extra effort. In each neighborhood where we deliver, we work with a “core group” of your fellow shareholders who volunteer to organize a school, church, garden or stretch of sidewalk into a weekly distribution site. They promote the CSA, “sell” shares, write newsletters, gather recipes, sort out site logistics, coordinate volunteers, arrange special events and maintain a constant dialog with the farm. They are certainly underpaid, but they are not underappreciated. Our small farm would not exist without their efforts. To them, we say, thank you, thank you, thank you!

This need not be goodbye – winter shares are still available! – but if it is, we’d like to extend our warmest wishes for the season.

Our very best regards, Ted and Jan

CBCSA Turkey Raffle Results

Congratulations to CBCSA member Gerri Buchanan who won a delicious Thanksgiving turkey from our farm food extras partner Lewis Waite Farm! Way to go Gerri!!!

And a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the raffle and helped us raise funds to help subsidize our most affordable tier for next year’s farm shares. You are CBCSA! And together we are having a great time bringing affordable excellent food to our home neighborhood and supporting sustainable farm practices – and our favorite farmer Ted!

We know the rest of you are disappointed that you didn’t win – but you can still get your delicious special turkey from Lewis Waite! They will be delivering orders of turkeys and all your other Thanksgiving needs with our Winter Season Share distribution on November 19. Any member of CBCSA can order, even if you don’t sign up for a Winter Season Share. You just need to remember to come pick up between 4:30 and 6:30 on Saturday November 19. Turkeys, sausages, cranberry sauce, flour, butter, milk, ice-cream, cheese, so much delicious local food for your special meal!

Place your Thanksgiving orders by November 11.

If you have ordered from them before start here: http://www.csalewiswaitefarm.com

If you are new to Lewis Waite use this link: http://csalewiswaitefarm.com/register?csa=8d1583da67a9c206198012d2ab5ce9f9

It isn’t too late to sign up for Farmer Ted’s CBCSA’s Winter Season Share: 4 monthly distributions, pickups on Saturdays from 4:30-6:30 November 19th, December 17th, January 21st and February 11th. Last day to sign up is November 6 – next Sunday! All the details are here: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/m1xr27rk05nzoa8/

We’re sad to see the season winding down😦 but looking forward to our next farm food Central Brooklyn adventure in 2017!

– The CBCSA Core Team

CBCSA WEEK #21 (A): News from Windflower Farm

Hi Everyone,

There’s still time to purchase your raffle ticket for the Thanksgiving Turkey ($85 value) courtesy of Lewis Waite Farm. We’ll be collecting money at this Thursday’s distribution, so please remember to bring your cash with you. Proceeds from the raffle will go to our fund to subsidize low income shares next season.

Also, a reminder that registration for CBCSA’s Winter Season is now open. Make sure to sign up by November 6 to guarantee your share (more details below).

News from Windflower Farm

21st Distribution, Week of October 24th, 2016

This week’s share:

Spinach and ‘Lollo Rossa’ lettuce or a lettuce mix

Leeks, garlic and onions

A choice between potatoes and beets

Your choice of three greens from a list that includes kale, choy, chard, escarole, collards and a ‘Tokyo Bekana’ mix

And a last taste of summer – peppers, chiles, cilantro and a tomato

Next week’s shares, which will be the last of the season, will include ‘Delicata’ squashes, sweet potatoes, onions, fall herbs, all kinds of greens and other goodies.

Our winter share signup is underway. Click this link to learn more and to sign up by our early November deadline: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/m1xr27rk05nzoa8/

The winter share is comprised of four once-a-month deliveries of squashes and root crops (our own stored carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes), fresh salad greens, apples, pears and either cider or jam. We hope you’ll join us!

This week’s fruit share will be your last. Yonder Farm, where I’ll be going tomorrow to get this week’s fruit, will be giving us ‘Cortland’ apples and ‘Bosc’ pears. It was a tough year for fruit farmers and they are looking forward to putting it behind them. The Borden Farm, which is just down the road from here, doesn’t even have enough quality fruit for their wholesale cider business. Many of you returned your fruit share refunds to us, and, on behalf of the fruit farmers I work with, I want to express my gratitude for your generosity.

It has rained for two days and now a cold wind is blowing. The brilliant red and orange leaves of last week have fallen, and, although our young cover crops are a bright green, the larger landscape is becoming a more muted gold. A light snow is expected on Thursday morning. We are all taking a little more care with our clothing selections – gloves, hats, sweaters and rain gear litter the staff room. The tunnels have been battened down and soon we’ll apply additional layers of covers over our baby greens. The field season is clearly winding down. The local farm staff is looking forward to a short break before preparation of winter shares begins. The staff from Laguna Prieta, in Mexico – Martin, Monica and Martin Jr. – are excited to be heading home, where family and sweethearts await them. And after their reunion, and a week or so of rest, they have a family farm to attend. Martin grows the subsistence crops, corn, beans and squash, with which he feeds his family and their livestock, and the cash crops, onions and cabbage, which he barters at the local store. Soon, it will be harvest time there, but because his family is large, Martin says, the work does not take long and there is plenty of time for relaxation and festivities.

The “off season” for us means turning our attention to the tractors and equipment that require maintenance. That and a small barn upgrade will keep me busy this winter. But Nate has some more creative endeavors in mind for his spare time. He is a part of the “makers” movement, and is interested in small DIY electric planting and harvesting aids and tractors. So, he’ll be in our workshop for much of the time from November through next April, and I’m really curious to see what he makes for our next season. When she’s not catching up with the farm’s accounting, Jan, too, will keep busy in her workshop. But, her interests are a little more multidimensional than ours, and she’ll be focused more on art this winter.

I hope your “off season” is every bit as exciting as ours.

Please note that next week’s vegetable share is your last of the season.

Best regards, Ted

REMINDER: CBCSA Fall Social & Turkey Raffle

Hi Everyone,

Don’t forget to stop by Nostrand Avenue Pub this Sunday for the CBCSA Fall Social. It’s a great excuse to celebrate the end of a successful and delicious CSA season! Meet your neighbors, share recipes, and celebrate the harvest season. Plus: We’ll be selling tickets to raffle off a Thanksgiving turkey ($85 value) courtesy of Lewis Waite Farms. Proceeds from the raffle will go to our fund to subsidize low income shares.

CBCSA Fall Social
Sunday, October 23rd
3.00pm – 5.00pm
Nostrand Avenue Pub (658 Nostrand Ave)

Barring rain, we’ll be in the backyard enjoying the fall weather.

Want to enter the raffle, but can’t come to the Fall Social? Bring some cash and buy your tickets at the next two distribution pick ups (Oct 20 and 27).

Looking forward to seeing you soon, either at the pub and/or distribution!

CBCSA Core Group

CBCSA WEEK #19 (A): Winter Share Details

Hi Everyone,

We’re happy to announce that registration for the CBCSA Winter Season is now open!

The Winter Season works a little differently than the normal CSA season with pick ups only once a month from a different location at 1251 Dean Street (across the street from Hebron SD Church). Unfortunately, the Winter Share is not tiered by household income and doesn’t except EBT/SNAP payments or payment plans. Lastly, there is no volunteer commitment.

Pick up dates are scheduled for the following Saturdays, from 4.30pm – 6.30pm: Nov 19, Dec 17, Jan 21 & Feb 11 (per usual, unclaimed shares will be donated to Hebron SD Church’s food pantry, so make sure you can pick up your shares if you sign up)

Here’s what you get: Four monthly deliveries that will include approximately 2 lb. of Windflower Farm’s organically grown greens (including spinach, kale, tatsoi and Swiss chard) and 8-10 lb. of our storage vegetables (including carrots, red and yellow onions, winter squash, a variety of potatoes, beets, leeks, sweet potatoes, rutabagas and more), along with 4-6 lb. of fruits, and either apple cider or our homemade jam from our own or locally grown fruit – all packed to fit in a returnable one-bushel box – for $178.00.

An optional egg share from Windflower Farm neighbors raising free-range hens is also available, as is their new maple share.

Deliveries are timed to coincide with the deliveries made by Lewis-Waite Farm.

Again, here is the link again to register:
https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/m1xr27rk05nzoa8/

Hope some of you can join!

Best,

Your CBCSA Core Group

CBCSA WEEK #18 (B): News from Windflower Farm

Hi Everyone,

It’s hard to believe that there are only a few weeks left in this season’s CSA! Potatoes, squash, apples, and next thing you know the winter will be upon us. But in the meantime, we’re excited to announce:

A Fall Social
Sunday, October 23rd
3.00pm – 5.00pm
Nostrand Avenue Pub (658 Nostrand Ave)

It’ll be a great chance to see your fellow members, chat, catch up and enjoy a Sunday afternoon in the company of community. Maybe you’ve been meaning to ask someone about a recipe they mentioned, maybe you want to know more about helping out with the CSA next year, joining for the winter season, or you just need an excuse for some day drinking. Either way, we’ll be hanging out, hopefully in the back garden (weather permitting), enjoying some snacks, drinks, and each other’s smiling faces! Children are welcome too.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

News from Windflower Farm

18th Distribution, Week of October 3rd, 2016

This week’s share:

Arugula Adolescent Lettuces

Braising Mix Chiles or Tomatillos

Cilantro Yellow Onions

Sweet Peppers Miscellaneous Tomatoes

Squashes Fingerling Potatoes

Your fruit share will be Bosc pears and sweet, crispy Empire apples from Yonder Farm.

It’s nearly time to sign up for a Windflower Farm winter share. The winter share is four once-a-month deliveries of our own organic salad greens (including kales, spinach, Swiss chard, tatsoi and others), plus winter squashes, carrots, beets, onions, leeks, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Each month, we also include apples and pears (if we can get them) from Yonder Farm, and either apple cider from Borden Farm or jams made from our own organic strawberries and blackberries. To make it even more interesting we’ll occasionally include our own popcorn, black turtle beans, garlic and dried chiles. The winter share is delivered on Saturdays to a location very near your current pickup site. We hope you’ll join us for the winter share. It keeps us off the streets of Easton, money in the pockets of my staff, and it’s really yummy stuff. Look for a sign-up form in the next week or two.

This week’s share is likely to be the last that includes all the makings of a good salsa. Summer has truly come to its end here; a frost last week left the lawn frosty and singed the tops of our low-lying sweet potatoes. We have nearly completed our fall harvests. In fact, all we have left in the field are sweet potatoes, leeks, bunching carrots and beets, storage turnips and fall greens. Red and orange foliage is popping up in the landscape. Your final tomatoes of the season may come as early as next week. And then it’s on to the crops of fall, starting next week with the likes of sweet potatoes, fennel, carrots and garlic, along with an assortment of greens.

There is a period of time each fall, between the final harvest of our storage crops and the start of winter, when we can complete a project unrelated to our crops. This year, it’s an expansion of one of our outbuildings. In modest stages we try to improve the infrastructure of our farm. This project will give us improved staff living quarters. So, this week, we’ll put the backhoe back on the John Deere and start digging. By this time next week, we should have poured the concrete piers and begun erecting the frame. If all goes well, we’ll have a roof and siding on before the first snowfall.

Have a great week, Ted

CBCSA WEEK #17 (A): News from Windflower Farm

Hi Everyone,

Parker Pracjek from Umbrella House Apothecary will be joining us at this week’s distribution. Parker visited B Week members earlier this month and shared free samples of her lovely teas, salves, syrups and extracts. Bring some extra cash if you’d like to pick a few things up or consider ordering directly from the Umbrella House Apothecary website. Parker has kindly offered to deliver items to the distribution site in the future for those who might miss this Thursday’s distribution.

News from Windflower Farm

17th Distribution, Week of September 26th, 2016

This week’s share:

Bunched Baby Lettuce

Kale

Mustard Mix or Koji

Purple Potatoes

Chiles

Sweet Peppers

Sweet Corn (at most sites)

Leeks

Miscellaneous Tomatoes

and Squashes

The bean and corn season has come to a close here, and summer squashes and tomatoes are winding down rapidly. Temperatures have cooled considerably, and foliage has already begun to turn. In the Northeast, the farm season can shut down quickly. A near freeze Monday morning nearly caught us off guard. Next week, look for mixed baby lettuces, arugula, a mustard mix, winter squashes, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic and the last of our chiles and cilantro (perhaps a last batch of salsa). In the final five weeks of the season, summer crops will give way to the crops of fall and winter: carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, leeks, garlic, winter squashes, cold-hardy greens and cabbage – all the makings for wonderful soups, stews and roasts. It’s a season of heavy lifting. Roots are dug from the earth. We might have the aid of a harvester, but generally its function is to loosen the crop from the soil around it or, at best, to pull the crop out of the earth and redeposit it on the soil surface. It’s bend-over work: pull it out or pick it up, put it into a tote or bin, lift the tote onto a wagon or pallet, tuck it into the barn. So, our bend-overs are tired. But it is just a passing part of the season, and soon enough we’ll have filled our barns and coolers and garage.

Fruit shares resumed last week and will continue for a total of six weeks this fall. This week, it’s Macintosh or Goldie apples (if you got one last week, you’ll get the other this week) and Bartlett pears. A variety of other apples and bosc pears and cider are all to come.

A gentle rain fell this morning. It’s been all too rare this season, and this one was light and short lived. But I think it was enough to insure the germination of our most recently seeded cover crops (this one a mix of rye, oats, peas and vetch) and boost along the young greens (arugula, braising mixes, kales, spinach, Swiss chard, tatsoi and choys) that will fill out your final shares of the season.

All the best, Ted and the farm team