The News from Windflower Farm
Happy New Year from Windflower Farm! Your third and final CSA delivery of the winter season will be arriving this Saturday.
If you cannot get to the site during the distribution window, please arrange to have someone pick up your share for you. Pickup times are noted below. All shares left after the pickup time will be donated to neighbors in need. We hope you enjoy your share.
Your pick-up time and location are noted below:
Central Brooklyn (1251 Dean St., 4:30 to 6:00)
What’s in your box?
- Ruby Frost apples plus either Jonagolds or Empires
- A jar of organic jelly from the kitchen of our neighbor Deb
- Butternut squash
- Carrots, kohlrabi and Watermelon radishes
- French Fingerling potatoes and Covington sweet potatoes
- Yellow onions and Ed’s Red shallots
- Spinach and Toscano kale
The carrots and celeriac were grown using organic practices by our friends at Denison Farm. The apples were grown by the Borden family and are not organic. All of the other vegetables were grown by us and are certified organically grown.
French fingerling potatoes look very much like small sweet potatoes. Examine them long enough and you’ll see their differences. But if you still can’t, slice them open. The flesh of this potato variety is yellow, and the flesh of the Covington sweet potato is orange.
What’s new on the farm?
Snow has come and gone. The ground has frozen to a depth of three or four inches, but now it has thawed and become muddy. It’s been a strange start to winter. Our cover crops are happy to be out from under the snow and are again green. But our fall-planted garlic, onion, shallot and strawberry crops are not as happy to see the snow go. Their mulch is not enough. Robert Frost’s wish that his apples stay cold – “Better forty below than forty above”- is about the vulnerability of plants in the winter. Alternating warm and cold temperatures, something likely to occur with greater frequency in a warming world. Hope for snow. It protects plants from temperature extremes, it brightens the landscape and, besides, Nate and I bought ski passes for the very first time this year and we’d like to go skiing!
Thank you very much for being with us. We hope you’ve enjoyed your winter boxes, and we wish you and yours a happy and healthy new year!
We look forward to seeing you in June, Ted and Jan