CBCSA Newsletter! June 29th Week B

It’s a week B pick up this Thursday, June 29th!

The Week B Central Brooklyn CSA Stoop Party is this week! Come by to enjoy some snacks and meet your fellow CBCSA Members!

June 29 at Callie and Randy’s house:
1251 Dean St., directly across the street from our CSA pickup:
5:00PM to 8:00PM

We’ll have drinks and snacks, and you are welcome to bring more to share or just stop by on your way in or out of pickup!

Last Week Was Our First Lewis Waite Delivery

and quite a few members grabbed some really delicious looking goodies. Two of my personal favorites are pictured below and go beautifully together.

Their jalapeno cheddar bread is mind blowing, (especially when toasted or used as buns for a burger), and I look forward to their mixed herb chevre every season. The mixed herb chevre on top of toasted jalapeno cheddar bread with strawberries has been my favorite snack this weekend.

The next Lewis Waite delivery is July 6th, make sure to get your order in before next Tuesday!

Quick Note:
Please bring your own bags, or bring your excess plastic bags to donate to other share members. We’re almost out of the ones at the pick up site. Please also return all egg and fruit cartons so that we can give them back to the farm.

CSA News from Windflower Farm

Delivery #4, June 27/29, 2017

This week’s share:
Lettuce, scallions, the season’s first cucumbers, sweet Hakurei turnips (simply slice and saute in olive oil, or eat fresh in a salad) and garlic scapes. And these items, which will likely come in the form of choices: Swiss chard or spinach, kale or Koji, yellow squash or zucchini, and broccoli or Happy Rich. Your fruit share will consist of strawberries and rhubarb from Yonder Farm. I hope you enjoy your share. The cucumbers show a little damage, but they taste good.

I’ve just come in from cultivating sweet corn and green snap beans with my old International 140. The soil was dry and the sun was hot, ideal conditions for killing weeds. Candelaria has dropped off tamales, and Monica has brought over sweet corn with mayonnaise and chiles. Perfect timing. They perform these acts of neighborly kindness regularly, and I am grateful for our good fortune. I snap open a tall “Sip of Sunshine” and enjoy a few moments before heading back out.

Instead of using herbicides, organic farmers pull weeds by hand, they suppress weeds by applying organic or plastic mulches, they kill weeds with fire, and its modern variant – the propane-fueled flame weeder. Some organic farmers spray vinegar, which is a herbicide of sorts, and others spray steaming hot water to kill their weeds. And organic farmers use a variety of hoes: the colinear hoe, the stirrup hoe, the Dutch onion hoe, the push-pull hoe. But, most of all, they cultivate.

To me, cultivating means using a tractor onto which I have mounted one of a number of gadgets designed to bury, uproot or mangle weeds. We use torsion weeders, flex-tine weeders, finger weeders, basket weeders, Dutch hoes on parallelograms, Danish tines, hillers big and small, spiders, beet knives and sweeps of every stripe. Some of these gadgets are mounted behind my tractor, others are mounted on its underbelly where I can see them. Cultivating is something I can do alone, as I did today, when the farm is otherwise empty, listening to Bela Fleck on Pandora. Corn row after corn row, bean row after bean row. Weed after weed buried or mangled. It’s gratifying work.

This morning, Nate and Jan used the steerable cultivator to weed zinnias and sunflowers. Everyone calls it the X-wing. It’s got Dutch hoes on parallelograms. A neighbor made the X-wing for us, and we imported the hoes. We’ll post an image on Instagram soon. The cultivator requires two people – one to drive the tractor that pulls the X-wing and another to steer the X-wing itself. My wife and son are a good team, as are Martin and his son, Jesus. It’s the kind of work that tests communication skills: slower, higher, faster, stop! For husbands and wives, it’s like couples therapy without the therapist.

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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