CSA News from Windflower – Week 10

CSA News from Windflower Farm

Delivery #10, Week of August 6th, 2018

This week’s share. ‘Magenta’ lettuce, cabbage, zucchinis or yellow squashes, red bunched beets, yellow onions, ‘German Red’ garlic, sweet peppers, tomatoes, bunched ‘Genovese’ basil and, depending on your site, sweet corn or cucumbers. Next week’s share will include more from this list along with freshly dug red potatoes. Your fruit will be our organic cantaloupes, and your flowers will be lisianthus or mixed bouquets, depending on your site.

What’s new on the farm. The farm staff has lunch together nearly every day, sitting at a large table and eating food often made from produce grown on the farm (but nearly as often made by a fast food chain or poured from a can). Everyone is responsible for their own lunch except on Wednesdays, when we eat potluck. We usually choose a theme for the meal, and it’s usually Mexican food, largely because we have several good cooks here who happen to be Mexican. And several others who prepare Mexican foods quite well. Although Candelaria makes excellent tamales, and committees from St. Anne’s Catholic church and the Village of Cambridge knock on her door regularly in hopes of including them among the food offerings at their various festivals, my favorite contributions to the Wednesday potluck are her brother Martin’s tostadas (I haven’t developed a taste for the lard that tamales seem to require). He coats his tostadas with a generous helping of mayonnaise and then adds layers of steamed potatoes and carrots and shredded cabbage. The whole concoction is topped off with fresh salsa and cilantro. Simple country Mexican. And, for me, a perfect lunch

Open house on the farm. This year’s open house on the farm will take place on the weekend of August 25th and 26th. We invite you to join us and to see where your vegetables come from and to meet the staff! RSVP to tedblomgren. Camping on the farm is encouraged – all kinds of sites are available within an easy walk of the barns, running water, toilets and electricity. Airbnb.com has listings in nearby Cambridge and Greenwich if you’d rather not camp. Kids and leashed pets are welcome. Please bring a dish to pass for the Saturday evening potluck. We won’t be able to make a stove or microwave available. Come prepared for mud and bugs and rain, just in case. Bring a tent and sleeping bag. The event will be held rain or shine. Below is a rough itinerary.

Saturday, August 25th:

CSA members are welcome to arrive any time after noon.

12:00 pm and onward: Set up camp, meet other CSA members, visit the chickens and greenhouses

3:00 pm: Windflower Farm tour with Ted (tractor and wagon ride)

4:30 pm: Cheese and local wine tasting and cocktail hour (please BYOB)

6:00 pm: Potluck. Please bring a dish to share!

Afterwards, bonfire and music

Sunday, August 26th:

8-10:00 am: Strong coffee, juices and a hearty farmers’ breakfast provided by the farm staff

11:00 am: Davis Family Farm tour: learn about raising pastured chickens for eggs

11:00 am: Windflower Farm tour with Ted for those who missed the Saturday tour

Noon and after: break camp and depart for other local sites or home (see below)

Visit other local attractions, such as the:

Washington County Fair: https://www.washingtoncountyfair.com/

Local wineries: http://upperhudsonvalleywinetrail.com/

Local breweries: http://hudsonvalleybounty.com/Brewery

Local cideries: http://www.saratogaapple.com/

Swimming holes, farmers’ markets, ice cream stands, hikes (directions will be provided)

Saratoga Race Track: http://www.saratogaracetrack.com/

Please RSVP to tedblomgren with the number in your party. I hope you can make it.

I hope you can join us! 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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