Distribution #11 – Week of August 16, 2021

The News from Windflower Farm

Hello from Windflower Farm!      

What’s in your share?

  • Red Romaine lettuce
  • Bunched mizuna greens
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet peppers
  • Assorted tomatoes
  • Genovese basil
  • Red Russian kale
  • Yellow onions
  • German White garlic
  • Eggplant 

Fruit share members will get one quart of peaches from Yonder Farm

What’s new on the farm?

Although I wouldn’t be so bold as to say we’ve outsmarted our resident raccoon family, we have learned a simple trick this week: don’t be in a hurry to mow down the old corn crop. Our first generation of corn was planted near the back fence line, next to a woodlot and pond – prime raccoon habitat. Viewed now, it was obviously a poor choice of locations. The second generation of corn, the product of which is in your shares today, is growing in the next field, but two city blocks and a hedgerow away from the first generation. And, happily, it has been free of raccoons. Because they still have plenty of corn to eat in the first planting they have had no reason to send out an exploratory team. Perhaps by the time they have eaten all there is and have had to move on to planting #2, we will have moved on to the western part of the farm, two fields and two hedgerows away, where planting #3 is located. The corn variety you’ll be getting is called ‘American Dream’ and it’s one of the few really good organically grown sweet corn varieties on the market. Visitors this weekend grilled some for us, but I continue to think the best way to eat sweet corn is raw, freshly husked, with the fragrance of leaves and silk in the air and kernels still on the cob.

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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