CBCSA WEEK #4 (B): NO News from Windflower Farm

Hi Everyone,

We hope you all are well and enjoying the spoils of your CBCSA shares! A few announcements and notes:

  • No News Yet: we haven’t heard yet from the farm about the contents of this week’s share, but we are imagining it will be similar to last week. Enjoy!
  • Fruit Refunds: checks will be distributed this week and next to all members who originally signed up for fruit shares. Make sure to ask for yours if we neglect to give it to you when you sign in.
  • Volunteer Commitment: every CBCSA share is required to volunteer for 2 distribution shifts or another approved activity (ask us if you have an idea or desire to help with events, outreach, etc) during the season. CBCSA cannot run without the commitment of its members, so please sign up soon if you haven’t done so already. It’s the embodiment of the “community” aspect of community shared agriculture (csa) and a great way to meet fellow members. Consider signing up for 2 shifts in a row on the same day if you want to fulfill your requirement all at once. Here’s how you sign up:
    1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/qEuFJX
    2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
    3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
  • Egg/Fruit Cartons: please return cartons at your next pick up. Windflower Farm recycles them for future distributions
  • Unable to pick up your share? Email cbcsa to swap with or have another CBCSA member pick it up for you. Friends and family are also welcome to pick up your share. Unclaimed shares are donated to the church’s food pantry at the end of each distribution.

Lastly, stay tuned for a separate email from Lewis Waite Farm CSA about ordering specialty products (meats, cheeses, breads, jams and the like). Lewis Waite delivers on B weeks and allows you to place orders up to a few days in advance, which is perfect for those last minute summer picnics and barbecues!

See you soon!


CBCSA Core Group

CBCSA WEEK #3 (A): News from Windflower Farm

Hi Everyone,

News from Ted at Windflower Farm below.

SAVE THE DATE for this year’s farm weekend, August 27-28 in beautiful Upstate New York. All CBCSA members are invited to Windflower Farm for tours, camping and joviality with friends from the CSA. More details to come later this summer.

Lastly, a friendly reminder to half share members with full share eggs and/or flowers to stop by every week for their additional products.

See you tomorrow!


CBCSA Core Group

News from Windflower Farm

3rd Distribution, Week of June 20, 2016

What a difference a week makes! Hello from a hot and dry Windflower Farm!

This week’s share:

Red Leaf Lettuce

Green Romaine or Oakleaf Lettuce

Garlic Scapes

Your choice of two between Swiss Chard, Arugula and Choy



Bok Choy


Potted Herbs

Strawberries and rhubarb will be in your fruit shares. We will begin sending fruit share refunds this week. Please be patient; because of the number of refunds and the ongoing work of farming, the process will take a couple of weeks.

Flower shares will be starting soon. Jan says that they are running behind because of the challenging spring weather.

We’ve been irrigating nonstop this past week. It hasn’t rained for two weeks and no rain is in sight, so we irrigate around the clock. We’ve invested quite a bit in irrigation equipment over the years, making it a lot easier to get water to our crops. We have two ponds and a deep, high volume well to draw from. And that is good news because rainfall this spring has been 8” below normal. We use drip irrigation on much of the farm, an Israeli technology that makes very efficient use of water, but we also use a good deal of overhead irrigation. We have invested in two irrigation reels over the years. These are sprinklers that travel the length of beds by themselves, irrigating whole swaths of crops a half-acre at a time. Nate and I share the workload: he irrigates the back fields from the ponds and I irrigate the front fields and greenhouses from the well. Yesterday he ran drip irrigation on a field of onions and garlic and then on another of cucumbers, melons and squashes. This morning he set up the reel on a field of beets, spinach and carrots. Now he’s irrigating a field of sweet corn. For my part, yesterday, I ran an irrigation reel through a field of mixed crops, including herbs, greens and popcorn, then ran drip on our pepper, cucumber and tomato greenhouses this morning, and I’m now running a reel through a field of lettuce and broccoli. It’s a tight schedule – it takes nearly a week to get through the whole farm. There is a slim chance of rain tonight, so we’ll continue to irrigate. Tomorrow it’s on to a flower field and then the cabbage…

Have a great week!


CBCSA WEEK 2 (B): News from Windflower Farm

Hi Everyone,

News from Ted at Windflower Farm below. Also, a great piece attached from Just Food on Caring for Your Share that we thought you all might find useful.

We look forward to meeting our B Week members tomorrow (and to seeing our weekly members as well)!


CBCSA Core Group

News from Windflower Farm

2nd Distribution, Week of June 13, 2016

Hello from a cold and blustery Windflower Farm!

This week’s share:

Leaf Lettuces – two heads

Garlic Scapes

Swiss Chard


Happy Rich

Bok Choy


Potted Basils or parsley

My son, Nate, tested a delicious recipe that is comprised of items from this week’s share. You’ll find it below.

My nephew, who worked with us here for several years, is now in his third year of farming on his own. He visited recently, not to glean farming tips – he has already learned everything I have to teach – but instead to spend time with a woman he dates who works for me here. Still, we shared a few moments together, farmer-to-farmer. And during those moments he shared the observation that farming is an emotionally charged enterprise. We put a lot of ourselves into the crops that make up our shares, I agreed. I chalked up the emotional roller-coaster ride he’s on (something akin to a CSA farmer’s performance anxiety) to a farmer’s working relationship with the weather, that most highly unpredictable of partners. We agreed that the weather this spring has indeed been challenging. In performing a quick online search for occupations affected by weather, I was somewhat amused to find that Wiki-Answers doesn’t even place farming in the top ten. The work of meteorologists and sightseeing pilots were numbers one and two on the list, as they are undoubtedly affected by the weather. The truth is that nearly everyone’s work is somehow affected by the weather.

The better question is, what occupations are utterly dependent, day-in and day-out, on prolonged good or at least moderate weather for their success? None of us would doubt that farming ranks high on that list. And the weather here this spring has not been good: cold, windy weather has prevailed, but it has been interrupted by a week of hot weather and a period of more than three weeks without rainfall. As I write, all of our greenhouses are buttoned up so tight you might think it’s the middle of April. I mention this because crops are developing more slowly than usual this year. And I want you to be forewarned that the salad greens phase of the season will be longer than normal. I want to temper your expectations, but I do not want you to give up hope. We have taken several steps to mitigate against bad weather. Many of our crops, including most of our salad greens and our squashes, cucumbers and melons, are growing under a protective layer of fabric, which reduces wind and cold and evaporative losses. And others grow under protective greenhouse-like tunnels. These include tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and our earliest cucumbers. And then there are the cool-weather crops – onions, potatoes, cabbages and garlic, to name a few – that actually thrive under these conditions. Although I have not been able to relax this spring, it is because we have taken these proactive steps that the emotional roller-coaster ride is a little more fun.

Have a great week, Ted

Sautéd Greens with Figs

(Adapted from “Simple Garlicky Greens” on p. 40 in Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas, Sterling 2012)

1 bunch each of chard, kale, and broccoli rabe (Happy Rich), or your choice of other greens

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 to 2 garlic scapes, diced

¼ cup sliced red onion

¼ cup pine nuts

½ cup Turkish figs, quartered

¼ cup dried cranberries or raisins

½ tsp salt

Pinch of red pepper flakes

Destem and rinse the greens, and cut into strips. The broccoli rabe can be included as stem and all, cut into bite-sized pieces. Heat the coconut oil in a stir-fry pan and add the diced garlic scapes, red onion, and pine nuts, cooking for about 3 minutes or until lightly caramelized. Add the broccoli rabe and cook for about 3 more minutes, then add the remaining ingredients, stirring frequently, and cook a final 3 minutes, adding water or broth if needed to keep the greens moist. Recommended to serve with rice, quinoa, or potatoes.


Caring for Your Share.pdf

CBCSA WEEK 1: News from Windflower Farm

Hi Everyone,

First news from Windflower Farm below with important details about fruit shares. Read this section carefully if you’ve purchased a full or half fruit share, as you will need to let CBCSA and Windflower Farm know right away if you want to continue your fruit share or receive a full refund.

We’re looking forward to seeing all FULL and A WEEK members at the first CBCSA distribution this Thursday.


CBCSA Core Group


News from Windflower Farm

1st Distribution, Week of June 6, 2016

Greetings from all of us at Windflower Farm!

A welcome all-day rain is falling as I write. Until today, we hadn’t had any rain for nearly three weeks and had been irrigating around the clock. This morning you’d have found our farm to be parched and our ponds being drained. And it’s only June! On occasions like these, when it rains after a dry spell, I like to go through the list of crops currently growing in our fields and picture each getting all the water it needs. It’s a gratifying exercise. Garlic and onion bulbs swelling, kale and lettuce greens leafing out, sweet corn spiraling upwards, carrots and beets sending their roots deep into moist soil. It’s a huge weight off. So, after a very cold, windy start to the farm season, and a warm, dry early June, our vegetable crops are now getting much of what they need to catch up – heat and rainfall.

This week you’ll receive your first of 22 weeks of vegetables. If you are new to CSA in the Northeast, you should know that early harvests are light. Your weekly share will fill out as the season progresses. For the first few weeks you’ll be getting cool weather salad crops. In the fourth or fifth week, you’ll start to see warm weather crops like cucumbers and squashes in your shares. By the 8th week you should see beans, corn and tomatoes. For now, enjoy some salads!

This week’s share:

Leaf Lettuce

Dinosaur or Red Russian Kale

French Breakfast Radishes


Happy Rich

Bok Choy


Potted Basil

An important note regarding FRUIT Shares. It appears I underestimated the extent of damage the unusual winter has done to fruit crops throughout the Hudson Valley. Strawberries and blueberries are OK, as are melons, pears, and most apples, but cherries and the other stone fruits (plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines) were particularly hard hit. I have been told to expect no stone fruit this year. Although there are some other interesting items with which to supplement fruit shares (including rhubarb, husk cherries, table grapes, currants, elderberries, gooseberries, etc.), a third of the fruits that have made up fruit shares in season’s past will be unavailable this year. I’m sorry to be so late with this news.

Until lately, I thought we could come up with a good, 20-week fruit share, but after reflection I am convinced that the better, fairer course would be to provide a half share of fruit and to return to you half of what you paid for your fruit share. So, we will be delivering a ten-week share this year instead of a 20-week share. We will provide fruits for four weeks when good, early season berries and other goodies are available (strawberries, rhubarb and blueberries), then take a break when we would ordinarily have cherries and stone fruits, and resume fruit shares for six weeks later in the season, once melons, husk cherries, table grapes, pears, apples and cider are available.

Andrea, our farm’s membership coordinator, will take charge of sending refunds. If you have signed up for a fruit share and would rather cancel it completely, please send us an email this week (windflowercsa AND centralbrooklyncsa). Fruit shares should begin next week.

The fruit share I envision will look something like this:

1. Strawberries and rhubarb

2. Strawberries and rhubarb

3. Blueberries

4. Blueberries

Midseason break (6 to 10 weeks)

5. Cantaloupes/watermelons

6. Cantaloupes/watermelons

7. Pears and husk cherries or grapes

8. Pears and husk cherries or grapes

9. Apples and cider

10. Apples and cider

Best wishes, Ted

Meet Your Farmer Happy Hour

Join Us For Meet Your Farmer Happy Hour

Thursday, May 26th, 5-7:30PM

at Nostrand Avenue Pub! (658 Nostrand Avenue)

Stop by to meet Ted Blomgren of Windflower Farm,
Learn more about the Central Brooklyn CSA, and sign up for a share!

We will also have samples of cheese, meat, and other extras that you can order from Lewis Waite Farm!

Pick-ups begin June 9th

Thursdays from 5:00PM-7:30 PM

Hebron SDA Church
1256 Dean Street (At New York Avenue) Brooklyn, NY 11216

Registration is open!
You can sign up by following this link: Central Brooklyn CSA Member Registration

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Update: Wait List Is Open for the 2016 Season

Apologies for the late start! We are pleased to announce that the Central Brooklyn CSA is back for 2016 and officially open for registration via the following link: Central Brooklyn CSA Member Registration

Update: The registration period has now ended– if you missed the deadline and would like to be added to the wait list, please send an email to centralbrooklyncsa@gmail.com

Please note that your share is not reserved until we receive your full payment or deposit as is applicable.

As in years past, pick up will occur on Thursdays from 5.00pm – 7.30pm at the Hebron SDA Church, 1296 Dean Street, Brooklyn.

Stay tuned for confirmation of exact pick up dates commencing in June and how you can order additional products, such as meat and condiments, from Lewis Waite Farm.

Again, thank you for your patience and dedication to the CBCSA. We have an exciting year ahead as we transition to an independent CSA. We’re in the process of organizing a core group to orchestrate administrating the CSA and need your help. Consider putting your talents to good use by volunteering to join the CBCSA Core Team! Message me if you’re interested in learning more.

Looking forward to a great season!

ONLY 1 Week Left to Get Your CBCSA Shares!

CSA main photoHave you been thinking about joining the Central Brooklyn CSA (CBCSA)?

If you have, now is the time to purchase your veggie, fruit and other shares, there’s only one week remaining to make your purchase. Registration ends on June 4th!

If you would like to purchase your share using a credit card go here. Please note that if you choose to pay with a credit card, the share prices reflect additional credit card fees.

If you prefer to pay by check or money order go here.

Please note that your share is not reserved until we receive your full payment.