CBCSA Newsletter! July 6th Week A

It’s a week A pick up this Thursday, July 6th!

Thanks to everyone who placed Lewis Waite orders this week! Please come tomorrow between 5:00 and 7:30 to pick up your order. The next delivery date will be August 3rd.

Your shares this week will include:

  • Magenta Lettuce
  • Happy Rich
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Dinosaur Kale
  • Cucumbers
  • Summer squashes or Zucchinis
  • Koji (a dark green Asian Green similar to Yukina Savoy)
  • Scallions
  • Onions
  • Kohlrabi

Quick Notes:
Please bring your own bags, or bring your excess plastic bags to donate to other share members. We’re almost out of the ones at the pick up site.
Please also return all egg and fruit cartons
so that we can give them back to the farm.


Volunteer Requirement

Don’t forget to sign up for your volunteer shift here, we’ve added two more shifts to each pick up so there are more opportunities we need filled!

 

CBCSA Newsletter! June 29th Week B

It’s a week B pick up this Thursday, June 29th!

The Week B Central Brooklyn CSA Stoop Party is this week! Come by to enjoy some snacks and meet your fellow CBCSA Members!

June 29 at Callie and Randy’s house:
1251 Dean St., directly across the street from our CSA pickup:
5:00PM to 8:00PM

We’ll have drinks and snacks, and you are welcome to bring more to share or just stop by on your way in or out of pickup!


Last Week Was Our First Lewis Waite Delivery

and quite a few members grabbed some really delicious looking goodies. Two of my personal favorites are pictured below and go beautifully together.

Their jalapeno cheddar bread is mind blowing, (especially when toasted or used as buns for a burger), and I look forward to their mixed herb chevre every season. The mixed herb chevre on top of toasted jalapeno cheddar bread with strawberries has been my favorite snack this weekend.

The next Lewis Waite delivery is July 6th, make sure to get your order in before next Tuesday!

Quick Note:
Please bring your own bags, or bring your excess plastic bags to donate to other share members. We’re almost out of the ones at the pick up site. Please also return all egg and fruit cartons so that we can give them back to the farm.


CSA News from Windflower Farm

Delivery #4, June 27/29, 2017

This week’s share:
Lettuce, scallions, the season’s first cucumbers, sweet Hakurei turnips (simply slice and saute in olive oil, or eat fresh in a salad) and garlic scapes. And these items, which will likely come in the form of choices: Swiss chard or spinach, kale or Koji, yellow squash or zucchini, and broccoli or Happy Rich. Your fruit share will consist of strawberries and rhubarb from Yonder Farm. I hope you enjoy your share. The cucumbers show a little damage, but they taste good.

I’ve just come in from cultivating sweet corn and green snap beans with my old International 140. The soil was dry and the sun was hot, ideal conditions for killing weeds. Candelaria has dropped off tamales, and Monica has brought over sweet corn with mayonnaise and chiles. Perfect timing. They perform these acts of neighborly kindness regularly, and I am grateful for our good fortune. I snap open a tall “Sip of Sunshine” and enjoy a few moments before heading back out.

Instead of using herbicides, organic farmers pull weeds by hand, they suppress weeds by applying organic or plastic mulches, they kill weeds with fire, and its modern variant – the propane-fueled flame weeder. Some organic farmers spray vinegar, which is a herbicide of sorts, and others spray steaming hot water to kill their weeds. And organic farmers use a variety of hoes: the colinear hoe, the stirrup hoe, the Dutch onion hoe, the push-pull hoe. But, most of all, they cultivate.

To me, cultivating means using a tractor onto which I have mounted one of a number of gadgets designed to bury, uproot or mangle weeds. We use torsion weeders, flex-tine weeders, finger weeders, basket weeders, Dutch hoes on parallelograms, Danish tines, hillers big and small, spiders, beet knives and sweeps of every stripe. Some of these gadgets are mounted behind my tractor, others are mounted on its underbelly where I can see them. Cultivating is something I can do alone, as I did today, when the farm is otherwise empty, listening to Bela Fleck on Pandora. Corn row after corn row, bean row after bean row. Weed after weed buried or mangled. It’s gratifying work.

This morning, Nate and Jan used the steerable cultivator to weed zinnias and sunflowers. Everyone calls it the X-wing. It’s got Dutch hoes on parallelograms. A neighbor made the X-wing for us, and we imported the hoes. We’ll post an image on Instagram soon. The cultivator requires two people – one to drive the tractor that pulls the X-wing and another to steer the X-wing itself. My wife and son are a good team, as are Martin and his son, Jesus. It’s the kind of work that tests communication skills: slower, higher, faster, stop! For husbands and wives, it’s like couples therapy without the therapist.

Have a great week! Ted

CBCSA Newsletter! June 22nd Week A

Hello Central Brooklyn CSA Members!

It’s a week A pick up this Thursday, June 22nd!

The Central Brooklyn CSA Stoop Parties are this week and next week.  Come by to enjoy some snacks and meet your fellow Week A and Full Time members, next week’s will be Week B’s!

June 22 at Julie’s house:
1265 Dean St., directly across the street from our CSA pickup:
5:00PM to 8:00PM

June 29 at Callie and Randy’s house:
1251 Dean St., directly across the street from our CSA pickup:
5:00PM to 8:00PM

We’ll have drinks and snacks, and you are welcome to bring more to share or just stop by on your way in or out of pickup!


It’s our first Lewis Waite delivery this week!  If you missed the order deadline don’t sweat, they’ll be back July 6th!

Please bring your own bags, or bring your excess plastic bags to donate to other share members.  We’re almost out of the ones at the pick up site.

This week’s share: your choice of kale varieties, a bunch of broccoli, two heads of lettuce, squashes, scallions, Swiss chard, sweet Hakurei turnips and more potted herbs.

Please read this note from Ted to find out more about this week’s share!


CSA News from Windflower Farm

Delivery #3, June 20/22, 2017

Our farm season starts at the end of February, when we dust the snow off our greenhouses, test fire heaters and fans and water supplies, and sow our first onion and tomato seeds. We spend the first 60 days of the season in the greenhouse producing the tens of thousands of seedlings that will fill out our fields once the outdoor growing season gets underway in late April. It might be winter outside, but in the greenhouse it feels as though we’ve taken a trip to the deep south.

The next sixty days of the season – the last two months of spring – are always something of a marathon here at Windflower Farm. This is the part of the season when this vegetable farmer’s life is at its most hectic and stressful. Our target first planting day is April 21st, when any remaining snow is usually confined to north-facing hedgerows, and by June 21st, the start of summer, and longest day of the year, we hope to have the farm fully planted to all but the later successional crops and to have made several deliveries to the city.

Here is a short list of our accomplishments to-date: we have planted about two acres each of “Irish” potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and other alliums, winter squashes, various greens, sweet corn and cut flowers. We have planted an acre or so each of green beans; root crops like beets, carrots and radishes; Brassicas (cabbages and broccoli); and Cucurbits (cukes, zukes and melons). And we’ve made several smaller plantings of arugula, celery, mustard mixes and herbs. We’ve planted two large greenhouses to tomatoes and a third to cut flowers. And we’ve planted 24 small greenhouses (150’ long structures we call “caterpillar tunnels”) to a combination of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, basil and cut flowers. In addition, we put in a new quarter acre of elderberries and a half acre of table grapes. It’s been a busy 60 days!

Those first 60 days in the field tell us much about how the season will go. And so I thought I’d share some slightly scattered observations and give you a sense of what to expect. Mother Nature, a full partner in the farm, gave us some challenges. It was an unusually cold and wet spring, as you know, which threw off our planting schedule and will delay some (but certainly not all) harvests. So, where are we?

I expect tomatoes, peppers, chiles and eggplants, in particular, to be a little later than usual, but our use of tunnels has been helpful and you should see these items showing up in early August shares. I’m grateful for the recent arrival of warm sunny weather. It is bringing on squashes and cucumbers a little earlier than expected. Squash starts this week, cucumbers should start the week after.

Greens, strawberries, alliums, cabbages and potatoes all like cool, wet springs, and they are happy, if slightly delayed. We are trying to avoid giving you too many greens, but we continue to send them because we want to fill out your shares. Green onions will be showing up fairly soon and will become a regular weekly feature. Sweet corn does not like cool temperatures, nor do beans, and they will be later. My fear is that my four corn plantings all comes in at once! Garlic scapes are coming next week, and garlic bulbs a month after that, right on schedule. Kohlrabi continues to mature, turnips start this week, beets are coming soon, and carrots will start in early August. Eating seasonally is always full of surprises.

This week’s share: your choice of kale varieties, a bunch of broccoli, two heads of lettuce, squashes, scallions, Swiss chard, sweet Hakurei turnips and more potted herbs.

Best wishes, Ted and Jan

Lewis Waite Information

It’s a great time of year because Lewis Waite deliveries are here!

What is Lewis Waite? Lewis Waite is a Farm Extras Program that works with Windflower Farm to provide all of our CSA members access to local, ethical, and organic farm extras such as butter, cheeses, ethical meats, and more.

We know that the sign up process can be a little confusing, so please follow the links below and use the hyperlinked PDF for help in signing up for this awesome program!

The deadline to order for this week’s delivery is TONIGHT June 19th. Limited items still available to order on Tuesday, June 20th. Pick up is this Thursday, June 22nd during regular CSA hours.

More info about Lewis Waite: Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras program strives to connect small farms and producers to consumers within our region. We offer a single platform for you to gain access to a wide variety of farm fresh, all natural, artisanal, and organic products. Between our Extras service and your CSA share, you can eliminate (at least greatly reduce!) the weekly trip to the grocery store.

We partner with small, family run operations. If you have questions, we can ask the person who grew or made your food. Our producers take great pride in their products, and we take pride in offering them to you. Orders are placed via our online platform. You pay as you go, and order only what you want. Free delivery to your CSA!

Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras can offer you 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. We offer many pantry staples, too, all 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. You can see a complete list on our website, http://www.csalewiswaitefarm.com.

Interested? Order or Sign Up Below!

www.csalewiswaitefarm.com
Registered Users, Order NOW
First time ordering?
Follow http://www.csalewiswaitefarm.com/register?csa=8d1583da67a9c206198012d2ab5ce9f9 to register.

Having trouble ordering or need a refresher on how to order?
Check out this PDF explainer.

The Lewis Waite Delivery Dates
for this Season Will Be:
6/22/17
7/6/17
8/3/17
8/31/17
9/28/17
10/26/17

CBCSA Newsletter! June 15th Week B

Hello Central Brooklyn CSA Members!

It’s our first Week B pick up of the season!

We’re so excited to see all of our week B half share members and full share members tomorrow.

Please note that all SNAP payments must be made tomorrow, as well as any outstanding payments.  If anyone has not completed ALL payments for their shares by tomorrow, their share may be given to someone on the waitlist.  If you need to request an exception, please email centralbrooklyncsa@gmail.com.

Last week’s pick up went really smoothly thanks to all of you!  A few things to note to make this week even better:

1) Please bring your own bags, or bring your excess plastic bags to donate to other share members.  We’re almost out of the ones at the pick up site.

2) If you have what we’ve been referring to as a complex share, please look up which week you’re picking up your egg or flower extras before coming to pick up each week.

Please read this note from Ted to find out more about this week’s share!:


CSA News from Windflower Farm

Delivery #2, Week of June 12, 2017

As you’d imagine, we have daily encounters with wildlife here on the farm. Last weekend, as I was returning to the field to work on our sweet potatoes, I saw a doe and her spotted twins bedded down in the rye stubble in the field next door. It was bad news for us; deer love sweet potato vines and could easily destroy our entire crop if given enough time. I knew to be alert to them because deer had been eating our celeriac in a nearby field. But I was a little surprised. Last year, I spent quite a bit of money on a perimeter fence to avoid just such an event. Apparently, gates had been left open. Deer don’t associate tractors with danger, so I was able to get quite close. The doe eventually darted off, leaving her little ones to hunker down, trying to be invisible, a strategy for which all those spots might be helpful. But they were only a couple of weeks old and easy to catch. Warm, soft, boney-ribbed, all legs, and wild, they bleated loudly once I got them into my arms. Fifty yards away or so, the doe snorted and stomped, while the fawns wriggled and kicked. One got away and disappeared in the brush. I set the other little one just outside the gate, hoping the doe would lead them out once I was no longer a threat. At that point, I thought, I would close the gate, locking them outside of our farm and away from your vegetables. All were gone when I returned an hour later to close the gate, leaving no indication whether they had found a hiding spot within my perimeter or without.

This week’s share contents.
This week you’ll be getting Swiss chard or broccoli rabe, depending on what you got last week, scallions, lettuces, your choice of dinosaur or Red Russian kale, arugula, green kohlrabi, and your choice of another potted herb. Next week, you’ll get more spring salad crops, including sweet Japanese turnips, garlic scapes and spinach. Our cucumbers and zucchinis are doing well, and they should begin showing up with broccoli during week four or five. Our Chandler strawberries continue to come in and will be in your fruit share. As our organic early variety slows, we’ll reach out to Pete at Yonder Farm to provide later strawberries and rhubarb. Cherries and blueberries will come in afterwards.

Every week, we’ll post an image or two from the farm on Instagram (here). You can also find us on Facebook (here), where you’ll find recipes and can exchange information with farm staff and fellow CSA members. You can reach the farm by sending an email to Andrea, our membership coordinator, at windflowercsa@gmail.com.

Enjoy the week.
Best wishes, Ted and Jan

Final Chance! Get Your CSA Share Before It’s Too Late

Our Sign Up Form Will Close on June 1st!

Sign up before June 1st to ensure your CBCSA share. All payments must be received by the farm by June 1st, so please send all payments by check no later than Tuesday. Individuals who have not paid for their share or their SNAP deposit by June 1st may have their share given to a member on our waiting list.

All members who have already signed up will be hearing from the Core Group regarding their week assignments very soon. Sit tight to hear more regarding the volunteer shift sign ups, your distribution week assignment, and more.

Want to skip your volunteer hours this season? Sign up a brand new member to the CSA and we’ll mark your volunteer hours as complete. Email us their name and we’ll verify that they’ve never been a member before.

Have questions? Let us know!

Our top two tiers help subsidize the costs of the lowest two tiers and
keep our CSA available to all
community members. Notice that the pricing is not doubled, donations
help us keep our CSA sustainable!

Want another way to get your volunteer hours out of the way? E<a href="mailto:centralbrooklyncsa to find a design or outreach opportunity near you and get a head start on your volunteer hours this season! We're also looking for members to join our
Core Planning Group!Feel free to download, share, and/or print the images above and below this email to help us raise awareness about this CSA.

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Reminder: Reserve Your CBCSA Share Today!

First Distribution is June 8th

The option to pay in installments is still available to all members who sign up by May 15th. Simply make sure that all payments have been received by Windflower Farm by June 1st.

Want to skip your volunteer hours this season? Sign up a brand new member to the CSA and we’ll mark your volunteer hours as complete. Email us their name and we’ll verify that they’ve never been a member before.

Want another way to get your volunteer hours out of the way? Email to find a design or outreach opportunity near you and get a head start on your volunteer hours this season! We’re also looking for members to join our
Core Planning Group!

Feel free to download, share, and/or print the images above and below to help us raise awareness about this CSA.

Have questions? Let us know!

Sign Up Here! 2017 CBCSA Form

Don’t Forget!
Our top two tiers help subsidize the costs of the lowest two tiers and
keep our CSA available to all
community members. Notice that the pricing is not doubled, donations
help us keep our CSA sustainable!

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