Meet Your Farmer Happy Hour

Join Us For Meet Your Farmer Happy Hour

Thursday, May 26th, 5-7:30PM

at Nostrand Avenue Pub! (658 Nostrand Avenue)

Stop by to meet Ted Blomgren of Windflower Farm,
Learn more about the Central Brooklyn CSA, and sign up for a share!

We will also have samples of cheese, meat, and other extras that you can order from Lewis Waite Farm!

Pick-ups begin June 9th

Thursdays from 5:00PM-7:30 PM

Hebron SDA Church
1256 Dean Street (At New York Avenue) Brooklyn, NY 11216

Registration is open!
You can sign up by following this link: Central Brooklyn CSA Member Registration

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Shares Still Available for 2015 CSA Season!

cropped-cropped-10500273_788158961215906_5675136779896711666_n.jpgWe still have a few shares available for the 2015 season! See how to purchase your shares below:

 

If you would like to purchase your share in full using a credit card go here. Please note that if you choose to pay with a credit card, the share prices reflect additional credit card fees.

If you prefer to pay by check or money order go here.

We like to offer our members as many options as we can, so if you prefer downloading, completing and then mailing in your membership agreement with your payment, download the 2015 membership agreement CBCSA Membership Agreement Form 2015-2.

Please note that your share is not reserved until we receive your full payment.

Meet Lewis Waite Farm, Our Newest Farm Partner!

Spring2006LewisWaiteThis season, we’ve partnered with Lewis Waite Farm to bring our CSA members a plethora of extra farm fresh, all natural, artisanal, and organic products like pasture raised meat and poultry (10 kinds of meat), fresh eggs and bread, grass fed butter, yogurt and ice cream, artisan cheese from sheep, goat or cows’ milk, including aged raw milk cheeses. They also offer many pantry staples like local and naturally made: granola, fresh stone-ground organic flour, dried organic beans and grains, natural jams and chutneys, natural sweeteners, locally roasted organic coffee, apple cider vinegar, and more!  Lewis Waite Farm partners with small, family run farms and producers who take great pride in their products. Learn more about our newest farm partner here!

CBCSA Registration for the 2015 CSA Season Begins Now!

image001The Central Brooklyn CSA 2015 season is nearly here!  Please purchase your shares and become a CBCSA member today!  Here ares a few words from Ted:

Greetings from all of us at Windflower Farm. We are happy to be kicking off our Central Brooklyn CSA membership, and hope to have you join us. Our greenhouses are filling quickly with little plants and soon our tractors will be working the fields. Spring is coming, and our farm team will be working hard to produce some of the most delicious organic vegetables and most attractive cut flowers around! We have paid close attention to our end-of-year survey results and believe that we have put together a crop plan that you’ll be very pleased with. We’ve purchased a new salad harvester and, from time to time, intend to include baby greens in your shares. We’re growing more tomatoes than ever, with more than 30 varieties in this year’s lineup. To keep it interesting, we’ve have added some oddballs to the roster, including celeriac, fennel, Chinese leeks, Thai basil, and purple carrots. And we are increasing quantities of some favorites, including sweet potatoes, garlic, seedless cucumbers and cauliflower.

Once again, we are pleased to provide you with 2 convenient ways of purchasing your shares online. If you would like to purchase your share in full using a credit card go here. Please note that if you choose to pay with a credit card, the share prices reflect additional credit card fees.

If you prefer to pay by check or money order or are purchasing a share with your Food Stamp/SNAP benefits, go here.

We like to offer our members as many options as we can, so if you prefer downloading, completing and then mailing in your membership agreement with your payment, please download the 2015 membership agreement CBCSA Membership Agreement Form 2015.

Please note that your share is not reserved until we receive your full payment or deposit as is applicable.

Meet our Member, Molly

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To say our CSA member Molly puts a lot on her plate might be the under-statement of this season.

Molly’s to-do list this autumn included, among others, celebrating her Vermont barn wedding with husband River; training for and completing the New York City Marathon; and registering for the Law School Admission Test.  That’s in addition to her full-time work for a civil rights non-profit, where she learned about CBCSA from her colleague and fellow CBCSA member Elizabeth.

“I thought it was such a cool concept,” says Molly, citing the appeal of becoming a member of an organization that enables access to organic, local vegetables for Brooklynites, no matter their income. “We should all eat our veggies.”The collective “we” hints at Molly’s social justice sensibility from which her CSA commitment stems. She later refers to the Martin Luther King, Jr. thesis that injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere.

Molly has expanded her CSA enthusiasm beyond that basic of eating veggies. At the beginning of the season, Molly shared her and her mother’s scrumptious recipe for Summer Squash with Montreal Seasoning, published in the newsletter. In September, she arranged a pick-up swap so as not to risk spoiling veggies while she was away for the  wedding, and shortly afterwards she carved out time for the conversation that informs this piece. Last week, Molly contributed her cheerfulness and solid work ethic during her distribution shift.

Once at home, in Crown Heights where Molly and River have lived for two and a half years, Molly appreciates the challenge of cooking with an abundance of seasonal vegetables. “It’s been an adventure for sure,” says Molly with a smile, identifying her go-to as tomato-onion-garlic. “I had never cooked chard before, for example. The CSA has caused me to branch out a lot.”

Branching out not only in her recipe repertoire, but to meet more neighbors was another factor that motivated Molly to sign up for CBCSA.  She said she looks forward to making the acquaintance of fellow members during the remainder of this season — and hopefully next season, too.

Meet our Member, Melissa

MelissaUsing CSA vegetables is like a game of Tetris, says member Melissa Olson.  She and her husband tend to first target vegetables with the shortest shelf life, such as leafy dark greens.

“It’s a challenge,” Melissa says. “You’ve got your leafy greens, you’ve got your salad. … First there is the  kale …chard and the choy come next.” Her go-to summer dish: sauteed mushrooms and kale with eggs.

As a nutritionist and registered dietitian, Melissa knows that over time vegetables lose not just flavor but nutrients, too.  She’s also well-aware that fresh vegetables, an essential part of health, can be unaffordable for some Brooklyn individuals and families. So she puts the Central Brooklyn CSA on the table.

“I recommend it whenever they’re on food stamps and they’re having trouble getting access to affordable vegetables,” says Melissa, who has worked at Community Healthcare Network for four years. “The clients that have used it have really done well with their health.”

“I truly believe a CSA share could be a life-changing experience for someone’s health,” she says in a tone of humility. “I know it has been for us.”

That the Community Healthcare Network branch is located close to the Central Brooklyn CSA distribution site makes it even more accessible for Melissa and her clients who choose to participate. Hebron SDA happens to be on Melissa’s way home from Community Healthcare Network, such that she integrates Thursday pick-ups seamlessly into her routine.

Melissa also encourages others to attend the Windflower Farm annual Harvest Party, if possible. She and her husband so enjoyed seeing the coop houses where tomatoes grow and the lush fields of green where herbs and – yes – the kale stalks grow.  “Now when we eat our vegetables we can picture where the vegetables were grown,” says Melissa.

Until the summer CSA season ends, she and her husband, along with their two year-old child, will continue to team for CSA Tetris, at which they’ve achieved a high level of creativity to accommodate her husband’s gluten allergy.  Melissa is also working on her blog on gluten-free basics, called the Gluten Free Game, where she has recently posted her first video on gluten-free baking.  That, together with Melissa’s use of the CSA in both personal and professional aspects, is a win-win.

Windflower Farm opens its barn doors

Save the date for the Annual Open House at Windflower Farm August 23-24!

Central Brooklyn CSA members are invited to a Saturday mid-day tour of Windflower Farm, a wine, beer and cheese hour with local music and homebrews, and a potluck with the farm staff and CSA members from all over New York City.

From Farmer Ted: “You are welcome to camp on the farm (most people do) and to enjoy the campfire and the star-filled sky, or stay at one of the nearby motels or B&Bs. We will make breakfast for you on Sunday morning, after which you might go for a swim in the Battenkill River, tour Victory View Winery, attend the Washington County Fair or the Cambridge Farmers’ Market, go to the horse races at the historic track in Saratoga, head up to the Battenkill Creamery for an ice cream sundae, or visit the new Argyl Brewery store. Bring a tent and sleeping bags, good footwear, and a dish to pass.”

For those Members concerned about Potluck perishables: Farmer Ted says there is refrigerator space, cooler space, and ice to share.

Please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Ted.

 

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Join Jan in the snapdragons, Windflower Farm.