2018 Kick-off Party this Sunday!

Calling all CBCSA members and future members! Come and meet Farmer Ted Blomgren of Windflower Farm and hang out with your fellow CSA members. Stop by for beer and for some delicious snacks provided by Lewis Waite.
When: Sunday, April 22nd, 3:00-6:00pm
Where: King Tai, 1095 Bergen St. Brooklyn, NY 11216
We hope to see you there!

Are you ready for the 2018 season?

Kick-off Party at King Tai

Calling all CBCSA members and future members! Come and meet Farmer Ted Blomgren of Windflower Farm and hang out with your fellow CSA members. Stop by for a beer and for some delicious snacks provided by Lewis Waite.

When: Sunday, April 22, 3:00-6:00pm

Where: King Tai, 1095 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216

We hope to see you there!

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Sign-up for Your Summer 2018 Farm Share today

2018 Registration is open!

Sign up for shares of vegetables, fruits, eggs and flowers from Windflower Farm’s 2018 harvest

 

 

Pick ups happen:
Every Thursday from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
June 7th through November 1st, 2018

at:
Hebron SDA Church
1256 Dean Street
(On the corner of New York Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Wait, what exactly am I signing up for?

Here’s a description of the share from the farm:

VEGETABLES. When you purchase a full vegetable share, you receive an assortment of organic veggies once a week for 22 weeks. You can also purchase a half-share, which means you pick up one full share of vegetables every other week throughout the 22 week season (i.e., 11 full weeks of vegetables). Your share will vary from week-to-week but is likely to contain six to ten items, including salad greens, herbs, root vegetables like carrots and potatoes, such seasonal favorites as cucumbers, sweet corn and tomatoes, and cooking greens, broccoli or cabbage. The full share is intended to meet the vegetable needs of a family of four.

FRUITS. The fruit share runs for 20 weeks (10 weeks for the half share) and consists of Windflower Farm’s organically grown strawberries, blueberries and melons and an assortment of tree fruits grown with minimal inputs by other local growers. Fruit shares begin in the early summer with strawberries, cherries and blueberries, progress in mid-summer to include peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots, and conclude in the fall with assorted apples, pears, and cider.

CBCSA Newsletter: November 2nd Week B

It’s Our Last CBCSA Week
This Thursday, November 2nd! (Week B)

This week’s share:
-Butternut Squash
-Fennel Bulb
-More Sweet Potatoes
-Red and Yellow Onions
-Baby Leeks or Kohlrabi
-Carrots
-Green Romaine and Red Crisphead Lettuces
-Your Choice Between Tatsoi and Winterbor Kale
-Sweet Peppers
-And Some Odds and Ends of Other Items.

CSA News from Windflower Farm

Delivery #22, October 31 and November 2, 2017

This week’s share: Butternut squash, another fennel bulb, more sweet potatoes, Red and yellow onions, baby leeks or kohlrabi, depending on your site, carrots, green Romaine and red Crisphead lettuces, your choice between Tatsoi and Winterbor kale, sweet peppers, and some odds and ends of other items. We hope you enjoy this last share of the season. A link to our end-of-season survey is below.

Your winter share signup form is available here: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/m1xr27rk05nzoa8/. Please help keep your farmer and his staff off the streets of Valley Falls by joining our winter share. A brief description of the share can be found below, and details related to delivery times, locations and pricing can be found by following the link. We hope you decide to join us!

This week’s share is the last of the season. Where has the time gone? Before saying good bye, Jan and I would like to say thank you. Thanks very much for being a part of our CSA. We hope that your eating has been a little healthier and that you have enjoyed being part of your neighborhood CSA community. Your membership in our CSA provides good, meaningful employment for those of us who work on the farm, and it keeps the 96 acres we call home green, organic and productive. Thanks to all of you for giving us the opportunity to pursue the craft we love. I’d also like to thank the volunteers who make the CSA work. The men and women in your neighborhood who organize the CSA – the “core group” – deserve a special shout out. They work on newsletters and member recruitment, site management, and work-shift coordination, and without their dedication and hard work, our CSA wouldn’t exist. Thank you!

We are always working to be better farmers and to make Windflower Farm a better business. So, as part of our ongoing education, we’ll be off to two different conferences this winter where we’ll review our farming practices and compare notes with other producers. And, of course, we want to make sure we are growing the kinds of shares you want. To that end, we ask that you take a few minutes to fill out our survey. It will be ready for viewing in the evening of October 30th. The link is here: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/q1v0qpbx1hrniig/

More winter share information: The first winter share will arrive on Saturday, November 18th giving you plenty of time to clean out your refrigerator. The share is delivered on four Saturdays during the fall and winter (11/18, 12/16, 1/20 and 2/10), and includes fresh organic greens (kales, spinach, tatsoi, Swiss chard and more) from our greenhouses, local pears and apples, our own organic storage vegetables (squashes, onions, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, etc.), and a variety of little treats, including the Borden’s cider, our own homemade jam, popcorn and our own Black Turtle Beans. The signup form contains more detailed information, and it’s available here: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/m1xr27rk05nzoa8/.

We hope you have enjoyed your shares as much as we have enjoyed producing them.

Please stay in touch – we love your letters!

Our warmest regards, Jan and Ted

CBCSA Winter Share- 3 Days Left to Sign Up!

Hello Past, Current, and Future CBCSA Members!

Did you know there are only three days left to
sign up for Ted’s Winter Share?

The pick up location is right across the street from the
Hebron SDA Church and pick ups will be on one
Saturday per month:11/18, 12/16, 1/20, and 2/10.

Get your Winter Share

Sign up by November 5th!

More winter share information from Ted himself:

The first winter share will arrive on Saturday, November 18th giving you plenty of time to clean out your refrigerator. The share is delivered on four Saturdays during the fall and winter (11/18, 12/16, 1/20 and 2/10), and includes fresh organic greens (kales, spinach, tatsoi, Swiss chard and more) from our greenhouses, local pears and apples, our own organic storage vegetables (squashes, onions, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, etc.), and a variety of little treats, including the Borden’s cider, our own homemade jam, popcorn and our own Black Turtle Beans.The signup form contains more detailed information, and it’s available here: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/m1xr27rk05nzoa8/.

2017 CBCSA Member Survey

Thank you for being a member of the Central Brooklyn CSA!

As a member-run volunteer organization, the Central Brooklyn CSA depends on you for a successful season. Please help us improve for next year by providing your feedback in our member survey. It should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Your response will help us continue to bring fresh, organic, affordable and nutritious vegetables and fruit to Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, and surrounding communities.

Thank you for your participation—we look forward to you joining us again next season!

Take the Survey

CBCSA Newsletter: October 26th Week A

It’s a Week A Pick-Up This Thursday, October 26th!

(Last pick up for half share week A members)

This week’s share:
-Pie pumpkins or other winter squashes
-Fennel
-Sweet Potatoes
-Red and yellow onions
-Chiles
-Peppers (or eggplants)
-Broccoli
-Carrots
-Romaine lettuce
-Arugula (or Swiss chard)
-Tatsoi, which is also known as Chinese spinach, and can be used just like spinach.

Quick Notes:
The next and LAST Lewis Waite Delivery is THIS, Thursday, October 26th. Be sure to get your staples for winter!

CSA News from Windflower Farm

Delivery #21, October 24 and 26, 2017

This week’s share: Pie pumpkins or other winter squashes, fennel, sweet potatoes, Red and yellow onions, chiles, peppers (or eggplants), broccoli, carrots, Romaine lettuce, arugula (or Swiss chard), and tatsoi, which is also known as Chinese spinach, and can be used just like spinach.

Your winter share signup form is available here: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/m1xr27rk05nzoa8/.

We hope you decide to join us! The first winter share will arrive on Saturday, November 18th giving you plenty of time to clean out your refrigerator. The share is delivered on four Saturdays during the winter, and includes fresh organic greens from our greenhouses, local pears and apples, our own organic storage vegetables, and a variety of little treats, including the Borden’s cider, and our own homemade jam and popcorn. The signup form contains more detailed information.

Fall is a time of transition here. As the farm season winds down, our staff is moving on. As rural people do, the people who work with us have built their lives around the seasons. Sara, a jack-of-all-trades at the farm, is on to run her family’s balsam wreath business. Once that work comes to an end, she’ll work with her brothers in their maple “sugarbush.” In between, she makes time to work on her pottery. Andrea, our membership coordinator, will wrap up the season making herbal teas and hawking vegetables in Saratoga Springs for a friend’s farm. After the New Year, she’ll head down to Laguna Prieta, Mexico to spend some of the winter at the home of co-workers, the Medinas. Sara and Andrea will both help with our winter share when their schedules permit. The Medinas, who have been with us for ten years, will visit family throughout the United States during the month of November, and then will head to Mexico for the winter. They have family with whom to reconnect there, and onion and cabbage and “Three Sisters” crops to tend. We’ll see them back here in April.

Adam, my nephew, is hitching his tiny house to a borrowed Ford F350 and heading west. He and his wife and child are relocating to Boulder, Colorado. Don, our delivery truck driver, will drive a school bus during the winter and spring, and spend any spare time painting, which is his first love. Naomi, who works with Don on the truck, will turn her attention to her move into a new house just a couple of miles from here where she’ll do some nesting and work on art projects of her own during the winter. We’ll see them back here in June. Victoria, Naomi’s sister and our distribution coordinator, left us three weeks ago and, on Friday, gave birth to her third boy. Mom and baby are healthy. I think that daycare is already in place for next season. Salvador and Candelaria, who live in the town next door, will slow down a little. But we’ll see them for a week every month as we work together to prepare winter shares. Jan and I know how fortunate we are that this creative and hard-working group of people come back to us each year.

As for what my family and I will do now – we’ll slow down, too. Several farm projects require our attention before spring, but we’ll ignore them for a little while. We are hoping to spend a couple of weeks away in late November, although we are not sure where.

The peak fall foliage reminds us that, this crazy-warm weather notwithstanding, winter is coming, and it’s already past time to squirrel away storage vegetables and grains and to put up firewood. This week, we’ll finish planting the German white garlic and begin to plant next year’s onions. We’ll cover strawberries and winter greens and finish seeding down rye. We’ll harvest and bag the last of our carrots and potatoes. And we’ll fetch a bean thresher from a friend – it’s a stationary machine for processing the Black Turtle Beans that we’ve grown for the winter share. Our end-of-season project list is long, but we are checking items off at a good pace.

Your last share of the season will be delivered next week. We hope you have enjoyed your experience. We’ll send out a survey – please take a few minutes to tell us what you think.

Have a great week, Ted