CSA News from Windflower Farm – Week of November 4, 2019

What’s in the share?


  • Radicchio
  • Parsley
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Red onions
  • Shallots
  • Kale
  • Carrots

This week’s delivery is the last of the season and wraps up our 20th year at Windflower Farm. We hope you have enjoyed your share of our farm’s production. Please drop us a line with your thoughts about the CSA season and what we might do differently in the years ahead (tedblomgren@gmail.com). Thank you for being with us. If you’ve enjoyed being a part of the CSA, please consider a winter share (more information can be found below).

What’s new on the farm?

As if on cue, our first snowfall and the first prolonged cold temperature of the fall are expected on Thursday, the day after our final field harvest. The Medina brothers, who have never been in snow, are excited for this first experience. For the rest of us, we are happy about the timing. It will be something of a race, but we believe we can get the fields cleaned up, most of the rest of the fall onions planted, and the fall-planted crops covered before the snow comes. 

Old timers around here will tell you that your fields will be safe from erosion if you sow your cover crops before Thanksgiving. We are happy to report that we have managed to get all of our fields cover cropped, sowing two tons of rye seeds in the process. The earliest plantings are now thick with young rye plants, and the last have germinated and are filling in.   

Winterizing the farm is underway. Jan’s to-do list is two pages long. Irrigation reels, pumps and pipes are being tucked into warm places. Doors and windows are being battened. Supplies we won’t need until the spring are being organized and placed in various barns. And storage vegetables are being washed, sorted, bagged or crated and tucked into coolers for the winter CSA season.    

Jan, Nate and I are excited to be turning our attention to two winter projects: completing construction of a tiny house and building the next electric tractor. The tiny house is intended to be a home for short term visitors – the (mostly young) people who come to work on our farm for a month or two each summer. Let us know if you might like to work with us for some or all of the next farming season – we’d love to have you!. The electric tractor project is aimed at improving the design of a couple tractors that we have used here for the past several years. Our goal is to build a zero emissions machine that can be used to plant and weed vegetables.     

On behalf of all of us at Windflower Farm, I’d like to thank you for being with us. Your purchase of our organic vegetable share is an investment that trickles throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. It provides many of us with a decent living, it keeps our little place on earth productive and healthy, and it scatters your dollars through several local businesses that play important supporting roles in the broader sustainable agricultural community here. Special thanks go to the core group organizers at each of our CSA sites. They are a remarkable group of people for whose dedication to organic farming and community building we are forever grateful.   

What’s a winter share?

Winter share signups are underway! The share will start on Saturday, November 23rd, giving you enough time to empty your refrigerators of any summer share leftovers. The season lasts a total of four months, and shares come just once a month, on the following four Saturdays – November 23, December 14, January 11, February 8. Each month, the winter share, which comes pre-packaged in a returnable box, will include a big bag of greens (about 2 lb of spinach, kale or mustard greens from our unheated greenhouses), all kinds of storage vegetables (8 lb or so of carrots, beets, red and yellow onions, celeriac, potatoes, winter squashes and more), about 4 lb of apples and pears, and a locally made sweet treat (honey or jelly or apple cider). I hope you’ll decide to join us and keep our farm team gainfully employed during the winter! Follow this link to learn more and to sign up.

https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/m1xr27rk05nzoa8/

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season, 

Ted, Jan and the Windflower Farm team

Sign up for a Winter Share

What’s a winter share?


Winter share signups are underway! The share will start on Saturday, November 23rd, giving you enough time to empty your refrigerators of any summer share debris. The share lasts a total of four months, and come just once a month, on the following four Saturdays – November 23, December 14, January 11, February 8. Each month, the winter share, which comes pre-packaged in a returnable box, will include a big bag of greens (about 2 lb of spinach, kale or mustard greens from our unheated greenhouses), all kinds of storage vegetables (8 lb or so of carrots, beets, red and yellow onions, celeriac, potatoes, winter squashes and more), about 4 lb of apples and pears, and a locally made sweet treat (honey or jelly or apple cider). I hope you’ll decide to join us and keep our farm team gainfully employed during the winter! Follow this link to learn more and to sign up.

CSA News from Windflower Farm – Week of October 21, 2019

What’s in the share?

  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Salad mix
  • Kale
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Yellow onions
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Bunched carrots
  • Leeks
  • Broccoli

This week’s fruit share will be your last of the year and will include Empire apples from Yonder Farm. I hope you have enjoyed the fruit share. Please feel free to send me an email with any thoughts that might make for a better one next year.

What’s new on the farm?

Members of our local staff have begun to announce their plans for the future. It’s something of a tradition here that in the last weeks of the distribution season, Jan and I learn about the changes we can expect in the makeup of our team. Farming is a seasonal activity, and life changes here tend to follow the seasons. Andrea, our membership coordinator, will be back for her 15th season next year. If sign-ups run smoothly, it’s because of her excellent work. Sisters Victoria and Naomi, our distribution and delivery coordinators, respectively, have indicated that they will be with us again next year, too. Victoria has been here for 15 years! She joined us as a newlywed and is now the mother of three boys. We are her mental health day. She is our key to a well-run packing shed. Naomi, now the newlywed, has been with us for 12 years. She makes sure the truck is on time, and that the right packages are delivered to each site. Don, who drives the delivery truck through the narrow and often chaotic streets of New York City, has not announced any changes, but that is different from announcing no changes. My fingers are crossed. Daren, who runs his own small garlic and specialty crop farm and works with us part-time, will also be returning. Working for us, he has said, is his day off. We are his “easy money,” and he’s been collecting it on and off for more than ten years. Angela, who works part-time on the farm and drives the van to Google’s offices in Manhattan on Thursdays, will be behind the wheel again next year. 

TB, the jack of all trades who lives in our little cabin, has already returned to school, but he will be with us for a couple of days next year, which is likely to be his last. When the time comes, his vacancy will be a tough one to fill. Sara, who has worked with Jan on the flower team for the past several years, has been developing a pottery business that is consuming more and more of her energy. She also has two or three other jobs. We are not sure if we’ll see her next year. Julia, our first-ever field coordinator, has announced that she is changing careers and will be moving on. Farming for profit, it turns out, is not for her, and she intends to answer the call of another vocation. We’ll all miss her. Nate, my oldest son and both payroll and soil health coordinator, is also staying on. I am grateful that he loves our little farm every bit as much as Jan and I do. I’m grateful to the whole staff – the best team in the Hudson Valley.    

What’s a winter share?

Winter share signups are underway! The share will start on Saturday, November 23rd, giving you enough time to empty your refrigerators of any summer share debris. The share lasts a total of four months, and come just once a month, on the following four Saturdays – November 23, December 14, January 11, February 8. Each month, the winter share, which comes pre-packaged in a returnable box, will include a big bag of greens (about 2 lb of spinach, kale or mustard greens from our unheated greenhouses), all kinds of storage vegetables (8 lb or so of carrots, beets, red and yellow onions, celeriac, potatoes, winter squashes and more), about 4 lb of apples and pears, and a locally made sweet treat (honey or jelly or apple cider). I hope you’ll decide to join us and keep our farm team gainfully employed during the winter! Follow this link to learn more and to sign up.

Best wishes, Ted

CSA News from Windflower Farm – Week of October 14, 2019

What’s in the share?
Lettuce
Arugula
Salad mix
Garlic
Red onions
Potatoes
Fennel
Peppers
Kale or collards
Bunched beets

Your fruit share will be more of Yonder Farm’s pears and apples.

Last week, we planted nearly all of our winter greens (three kinds of kale, two spinach varieties, tatsoi, Swiss chard and koji), leaving us with just some gaps to fill here and there.

This week, we will plant next year’s garlic and continue the harvest of storage vegetables – the rutabagas, turnips, leeks, beets, carrots, celeriac, fennel, kohlrabi and potatoes that will fill out your final three or four shares and winter boxes. Sweet potatoes, shallots and onions have already been tucked in. Your last shares will be delivered during the week of November 4th. Winter share details are being finalized this week.

The four dates of the season have been established: November 23rd, December 14th, January 11th, and February 8th.

What’s new on the farm?

A group of graduate students in the Products of Design program at SVA visited the farm over the weekend. This is the fourth year that they’ve come as part of their semester on sustainability. We toured the farm, harvested some crops, looked at the dozens of tools and systems we utilize here, enjoyed the view from our high ground, and then wrapped up by standing around our newest homemade electric tractor. I told them that I was thinking about making a few over the winter to sell to my fellow vegetable farmers, and that I know it needs a little finish work – perhaps a cup holder and a USB port and a sun canopy for the operator. I gave them paper and colored pencils and asked them to do what they could to give it some bling, to turn it’s bare chassis into the Ferrari or Maserati of tractors, I said, kidding. “Or perhaps the Tesla,” said one. “You mean you want us to pimp your ride?” asked another. I guess I did. “It needs more than bling,” suggested a third, “it needs body, and curves.” And they proceeded to draw round shapes over my angular little tractor. I collected half a dozen sketches by the time the students broke off into little groups for selfies and frisbee on the back lawn.

Only three or four of the 20 students had ever been to a farm. Most were from the megacities of the world. A woman from Mexico City said she might join us for the summer season next year. She was smitten with the tiny house that Nate and Jan are building and thought she’d like to try tiny living for a couple of months. I can picture her living in the tiny house on the hill above MaryJane’s pond, a totally pimped out (and shapely) electric tractor plugged into her solar panels, decompressing from academic life, enjoying the fresh air of country living.

Have a great week, Ted

Wait list for Summer 2019 Farm Share

Registration for the 2019 season is now closed.

You can still add your name to our wait list for shares of vegetables, fruits, eggs and flowers from Windflower Farm’s 2019 harvest

About the share:
Pick ups happen:
Every Thursday from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
June 6th through November 7th, 2019
(No pick up week of July 4th)

at:
Hebron SDA Church
1256 Dean Street
(On the corner of New York Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Here’s a description of the share from the farm:

Members of the CSA will get 22 weekly deliveries of fresh, organically grown herbs, greens and seasonal vegetables of all kinds from our farm in the upper Hudson Valley. You’ll get bicolor sweet corn, heirloom and red beefsteak tomatoes, colorful peppers, salad greens of every kind, cucumbers, carrots, red and yellow onions, broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, fresh green beans and much, much more. 
 
We received wonderful feedback from last year’s end-of-season survey, and we plan to implement many of the suggestions we received. If all goes well, we’ll send more shallots in place of so many yellow onions and more beets and carrots in place of so many potatoes. We’ll broaden or herb lineup to include more dill, cilantro, Rosemary and ginger. We’ll increase the bunch sizes of greens like kale and Swiss chard and we’ll send more spinach. We’ll increase our green zucchini planting and we’ll send more of those delectable ‘Delicata’ squashes in the fall. With a veteran staff returning to the farm, and a new well, we hope that this 20th growing season will be our best ever.     
 
At Windflower Farm, we also offer optional shares of our own organically grown fresh-cut flowers, brown eggs from a neighbor’s pastured hens, and fresh fruits from our farm and throughout the Hudson Valley. 
 
We hope you’ll join us.

CSA News from Windflower Farm – Week 22

CSA News from Windflower Farm

Delivery #22, Week of October 29th, 2018

This week marks the final CSA week of the season. We are ready for a break; perhaps you are, too! The farm is cleaned up and cover crops have been sown on all the bare ground. Let the cold come! Everything has been harvested, or will be within a day or two, winter share crops are tucked away, fall planting has been wrapped up, temporary greenhouses have been dismantled and bags are packed for trips south and west.

This week’s share. Sweet potatoes, kale, choy, your choice of spinach or lettuce, red and yellow onions, leeks, potatoes, scallions, celeriac (a bulbous root crop having the flavor of celery, and a flavorful addition to any root medley) and perhaps a little something else. I was once dressed as a celeriac for Halloween, wearing stuffed white leotards for the rootlets and bulb. I tell you this because Jan accompanied me in a chef’s outfit and served celeriac fritters that were the hit of the party. She cut them like fries, dipped them in batter, deep fried them (this may not be the healthiest of snacks) and served them in a light mustard sauce. Delicious!

CSA Survey. You’ll find a link to our annual survey here: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/r1wtll4j1r7po72/. Please take a few minutes to tell us what you think. We want to make sure we are growing the kinds of CSA shares you want.

What’s new at the farm? This week’s share is the last of the season. Before saying good bye, Jan, Nate and I would like to say thank you. Thanks very much to you for being a part of our CSA. We hope that your eating has been a little healthier and that you have enjoyed being more involved in your local community because of it. Your membership in our CSA provides good, meaningful employment for all of us on the farm, and it keeps the landscape in which we reside productive and healthy. Thanks to all of you for giving us the opportunity to pursue the craft we love.

We’d also like to thank the volunteers who make the CSA work – the women and men in your neighborhood who organize the CSA. They work on newsletters and recipes, member recruitment, site management and work-shift coordination. Without the hard work of this core group, our little farm might not be in business. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Finally, we would like to thank our employees. We easily have the best farm team in the Hudson Valley and we couldn’t do what we do without them. Please come back!

You’ll find a link to our winter share signup form below. The first winter share will be arriving on November 17th. We hope you’ll join us.

Warmly,

Ted, Jan, Nate and everyone at Windflower Farm

Our winter share sign-up is underway! Help keep the Windflower Farm team off the streets of Valley Falls – please sign up today for our winter share. The link is here: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/m1xr27rk05nzoa8/

The winter share consists of four monthly deliveries that will include approximately 2 lb. of organically grown greens (including spinach, kales, Swiss chard and other greens) and 8-10 lb. of storage vegetables (including carrots, red and yellow onions, winter squash, a variety of potatoes, beets, leeks, sweet potatoes, popcorn, black beans and more), along with 4-6 lb. of fruits, and either apple cider or homemade jam or local honey – all packed to fit in a returnable box. This year, some of the storage vegetables (including carrots and butternut squashes) will come from neighboring organic farms, but almost everything else will come from Windflower Farm.

What’s new? Less plastic packaging! There are too many plastic bags in the world and we fully intend to reduce the number we use in packaging your vegetables. We’ll pack loose where we can, and use paper bags where we need packaging. Our GOAL will be to use zero plastic bags, but, because we are not yet sure that we can, we’ll promise this: to use no more than one plastic bag per month. And we have found a reusable, recyclable, tape-free box to help reduce waste.

An optional EGG share from neighbors raising free-range hens is also available in the winter, as is a MAPLE share. Our four deliveries are timed to coincide with the deliveries made to your CSA pickup site by Lewis-Waite Farm (of CSA Extras) for one-stop shopping.

Delivery dates: November 17th, December 15th, January 12th and February 9th. Follow this link for pricing and site specific details: https://windflowerfarm.wufoo.com/forms/m1xr27rk05nzoa8/

We hope you’ll join us.