CBCSA WEEK #18 (B): News from Windflower Farm

Hi Everyone,

It’s hard to believe that there are only a few weeks left in this season’s CSA! Potatoes, squash, apples, and next thing you know the winter will be upon us. But in the meantime, we’re excited to announce:

A Fall Social
Sunday, October 23rd
3.00pm – 5.00pm
Nostrand Avenue Pub (658 Nostrand Ave)

It’ll be a great chance to see your fellow members, chat, catch up and enjoy a Sunday afternoon in the company of community. Maybe you’ve been meaning to ask someone about a recipe they mentioned, maybe you want to know more about helping out with the CSA next year, joining for the winter season, or you just need an excuse for some day drinking. Either way, we’ll be hanging out, hopefully in the back garden (weather permitting), enjoying some snacks, drinks, and each other’s smiling faces! Children are welcome too.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

News from Windflower Farm

18th Distribution, Week of October 3rd, 2016

This week’s share:

Arugula Adolescent Lettuces

Braising Mix Chiles or Tomatillos

Cilantro Yellow Onions

Sweet Peppers Miscellaneous Tomatoes

Squashes Fingerling Potatoes

Your fruit share will be Bosc pears and sweet, crispy Empire apples from Yonder Farm.

It’s nearly time to sign up for a Windflower Farm winter share. The winter share is four once-a-month deliveries of our own organic salad greens (including kales, spinach, Swiss chard, tatsoi and others), plus winter squashes, carrots, beets, onions, leeks, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Each month, we also include apples and pears (if we can get them) from Yonder Farm, and either apple cider from Borden Farm or jams made from our own organic strawberries and blackberries. To make it even more interesting we’ll occasionally include our own popcorn, black turtle beans, garlic and dried chiles. The winter share is delivered on Saturdays to a location very near your current pickup site. We hope you’ll join us for the winter share. It keeps us off the streets of Easton, money in the pockets of my staff, and it’s really yummy stuff. Look for a sign-up form in the next week or two.

This week’s share is likely to be the last that includes all the makings of a good salsa. Summer has truly come to its end here; a frost last week left the lawn frosty and singed the tops of our low-lying sweet potatoes. We have nearly completed our fall harvests. In fact, all we have left in the field are sweet potatoes, leeks, bunching carrots and beets, storage turnips and fall greens. Red and orange foliage is popping up in the landscape. Your final tomatoes of the season may come as early as next week. And then it’s on to the crops of fall, starting next week with the likes of sweet potatoes, fennel, carrots and garlic, along with an assortment of greens.

There is a period of time each fall, between the final harvest of our storage crops and the start of winter, when we can complete a project unrelated to our crops. This year, it’s an expansion of one of our outbuildings. In modest stages we try to improve the infrastructure of our farm. This project will give us improved staff living quarters. So, this week, we’ll put the backhoe back on the John Deere and start digging. By this time next week, we should have poured the concrete piers and begun erecting the frame. If all goes well, we’ll have a roof and siding on before the first snowfall.

Have a great week, Ted

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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