CBCSA WEEK #6 (B): News from Windflower Farm

Hi Everyone,
News below from Windflower Farm. Don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE for a weekend at the Farm, August 27-28. More details to come later.

Be well!

CBCSA Core Group

News from Windflower Farm

6th Distribution, Week of July 11, 2016

Hello from a cool and wet Windflower Farm! Although the week promises to heat up, a welcome rain over the weekend has cooled things down, wetted the earth, and given our crops a break from an otherwise dry season.

This week’s share:

Leaf Lettuce

Cucumbers and squashes

Collards

Garlic Scapes and onions

Your choice between Swiss Chard and Lacinato Kale

Hakurei Turnips and the underappreciated purple kohlrabi

The last of the potted herbs on Tuesday and bunched parsley on Thursday

This week marks the end of the first quarter of the distribution season. It’s the time when cool, early-season vegetables give way to the vegetables of summer. Our tomatoes are beginning. Don’t expect to see many (or any) this week, but they’ll begin to yield in quantity very soon. Our sweet corn is just around the corner, and peppers, red cabbages, garlic and basil, too, will be coming in. This is the beginning of an especially wonderful time of year in the Northeast to be a plant eater!

Blueberries will be in your fruit shares this week. I suspect that this will be the last week of fruit prior to our midseason break. Pete, our fruit grower, told me that crows have found his blueberry patch – counting more than 80 in one flock – and that they were doing considerable damage. Exasperated, he pulled out his double-barrel shotgun. When he pulled the trigger, the butt of the gun somehow slipped slightly on his shoulder, resting wrongly on a soft part of muscle, and causing him quite a bit of grief. He has been icing it all morning. All told, he killed just one crow. The other 79 circled their dead relative and buzzed him, causing Pete to retreat to his truck. He told me that it was the first time in his long farming career that he ever shot at a bird and doubts whether he’ll ever do it again. Jan made a delicious pie last weekend with her blueberries and was not surprised at all to learn of the crow’s fondness for them.

Flower shares will be bunches of snapdragons and calendula and miscellaneous other flowers.

We love collard wraps. Nate has picked out a recipe that appears to use virtually everything in this week’s share all wrapped up in collard leaves – see below. He and I will be using our “steerable cultivator” later today on some new lettuce and broccoli plantings. I’ll post a photo on our Instagram page later today. Please visit our Facebook and Instagram (@windflowerfarm) pages to learn more about the farm.

Have a great week! Ted

Central Brooklyn CSA

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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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