CBCSA 2017 Season Sign Ups Available Now!

Central Brooklyn CSA Sign-ups Available

Hello Fellow Central Brooklyn CSA Members!

Our 2017 sign up form has arrived! To make sure you reserve your spot, sign up now!

All members who sign up early will have the option to pay in installments until the first pick up in June.

To get a head start on your volunteer hours, email us to find a design or outreach opportunity near you!

Have questions? Let us know!

Sign Up Here! 2017 CBCSA Form

Don’t Forget!
Our top two tiers help
subsidize the costs of the
lowest two tiers and
keep our CSA
available to all
community members.
Notice that the pricing
is not doubled, donations
help us keep our
CSA sustainable!

Event Reminder! TOMORROW: King Tai with Your Fellow CSA Members

Hello Fellow CBCSA Members!

Just sending a friendly reminder for our 2017 CSA Season Kick-Off Event!
To kick-off the season, we’re inviting all of our members to get together
at King Tai, 1095 Bergen St. Brooklyn, NY 11216.
Join us from 3-5 pm Tomorrow, Sunday, March 12th.
RSVP on Facebook!

We hope to see you there!

Remember This? Central Brooklyn CSA Coming Back Soon!

Hello Fellow CBCSA Members!

Our winter share season has barely ended, but it’s time to start looking to this summer! The regular Central Brooklyn CSA Share will be beginning in early June, and sign ups are coming soon. Make sure you reserve your spot!

Join Us For Our CSA Kick-Off Event!

To kick-off the season, we’re inviting all of our members to get together
at King Tai, 1095 Bergen St. Brooklyn, NY 11216.
Join us from 3-5 pm on Sunday, March 12th.
RSVP on Facebook!

Get a Head Start on Your Volunteer Hours!

The Central Brooklyn CSA Core Group is looking for a graphic designer to design our brochure, flyer, and a few other outreach materials. A friendly reminder that each share comes with required volunteer hours. To get yours out of the way early, email us to find an outreach or design project available now! centralbrooklyncsa

We’re also looking for someone who can translate outreach materials into French Creole, email us!


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