CBCSA Newsletter: September 7th Week B

It’s a Week B Pick-Up This Thursday, September 7th!

We still really need extra plastic bags,
please bring any extras you have to pick up this Thursday!

This week’s share:
-Green and yellow wax beans
-Various Tomatoes
-Genovese Basil
-Bi-color sweet corn
-Red radishes
-Yellow onions
-Various chiles
-A braising mix consisting of Tokyo Bekana, Hon Tsai Tai and Vitamin Green
-Your choice of Red Russian Kale, Koji, or Joi Choi
-Your choice of Cabbage, Beet, or Eggplant.

-Your fruit will be peaches from Yonder farm and our organic cantaloupes or watermelons.

Quick Notes:
The next Lewis Waite Delivery is Thursday, September 28th. Get your orders in tonight!

Please bring your own bags, or bring your excess plastic bags to donate to other share members.
Please also return all egg and fruit cartons so that we can give them back to the farm.

CSA News from Windflower Farm

Delivery #14, September 5 and 7, 2017

We get a CSA share at our house, and having spent three days vacationing along the Maine coast this long weekend, and having indulged in fair food the week before, we are glad to be back on a healthier, plant-based diet that is centered on the share we get at home. Next week’s vegetables will include some of the same, plus squashes, potatoes and carrots.

Your fruit will be peaches. Pete was unaware of the poor quality of last week’s fruit, and felt badly when I told him about them. Northern-grown peaches are hit and miss, and they are difficult to gauge at a glance. I ordered two boxes for women at our farm who intended to make preserves, and they were all of poor quality. It might have been the heavy rains they experienced just prior to harvest, or too cold a cooler just before shipping. He assured me that the smaller peaches you’ll get this week are of very good quality. Next week’s fruit share will include the season’s first apples.

This week in a snapshot: Today, Monday, we harvested, washed and packed for Tuesday’s deliveries. The weather is beautiful and now, in the mid-afternoon, while we have dry weather, we are weeding. Tomorrow, while Don and Naomi make deliveries, some of us will harvest in the morning, while others will transplant the last of our field greens, including lettuces, kales, Swiss chard and Asian greens. In the afternoon, once it begins to rain, we’ll clip and pack onions and seed winter greens in the greenhouse. On Wednesday, regardless of the weather, we’ll harvest, wash and pack for Thursday’s deliveries. On Thursday, while Don and Naomi make those deliveries, we’ll begin harvesting winter squashes, which we can do even though rain is expected. The delicata are already in, so we’ll move on to butternuts, acorns, buttercups, and pie pumpkins. On Friday, with wet weather still in the forecast, we’ll finish the winter squash harvest and then, if it’s not too muddy, we’ll dig potatoes. If it is too muddy, well, we’ll see. We always have a Plan B. Perhaps we’ll start pulling carrots for next week.

Best wishes, 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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