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

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Author: Central Brooklyn CSA

The Central Brooklyn CSA (CBCSA) is dedicated to working with our partners the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Windflower Farm, and the Hebron French Speaking SDA Church to continue the work of building a Community Supported Agriculture model that increases access to fresh, local produce for all members of our communities, regardless of income level. Join us as we continue to bring fresh, organic, affordable and nutritious vegetables and fruit to the Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, and surrounding communities.

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