A note from Farmer Ted: sign ups now open for the 2016 CSA!

Greetings from all of us at Windflower Farm. We are happy to be kicking off our Prospect Park 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.

Are you new to Community Supported Agriculture? In short, CSA a system in which a local farm is supported by shareholders within a community who share both the benefits and risks of food production. In our case, purchasing a share of Windflower Farm’s vegetables entitles a shareholder to 22 weekly deliveries of fresh, organically grown herbs, greens and seasonal vegetables of all kinds, including sweet corn, red-ripe tomatoes, colorful peppers, cucumbers, carrots, red, white and yellow onions and much more. 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 throughout the Hudson Valley.

For more than 25 years CSAs have been protecting farms and farmland. CSA offers advantages to farmers: We receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow, and we have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food we grow. CSA also offers advantages to consumers: You will get to eat ultra-fresh food and will be exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking; you’ll get to visit the farm at least once a season; and you’ll develop a relationship with the farmer who grows your food and learn more about how your food is grown. Perhaps best of all, you’ll get to be part of a community with mutual interests in food and health.

Please consider joining us.

Thank you!

Ted and Jan Blomgren

Get pumped for the 2016 season!

We’re so excited to for yet another season of amazing produce + more from Windflower Farms! Check out our 2016 share options and price list. In addition to veggie shares, we have fruit, flower, and egg share options for members.

If you weren’t a member last year and would like to be notified when shares become available to the public, drop us a line: info@prospectparkcsa.org.

 

Thanks for a great season!

From all of us at Prospect Park CSA, a huge thank you to this year’s members! We hope you enjoyed your 2015 share, and that we’ll see you again next year.

For 2015 members, we’ll be in touch in Spring 2016 for signup information.

For those of you interested in joining for 2016, please email us at info@prospectparkcsa.org so we can add you to our email list and let you know when shares are available.

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays,

the Prospect Park CSA Core Group

A Note from Farmer Ted: Sign up for the 2015 CSA!

The Windflower Farm 2015 CSA Season is Underway

Greetings from all of us at Windflower Farm. We are happy to be kicking off our Prospect Park 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.

Are you new to Community Supported Agriculture? In short, CSA a system in which a local farm is supported by shareholders within a community who share both the benefits and risks of food production. In our case, purchasing a share of Windflower Farm’s vegetables entitles a shareholder to 22 weekly deliveries of fresh, organically grown herbs, greens and seasonal vegetables of all kinds, including sweet corn, red-ripe tomatoes, colorful peppers, cucumbers, carrots, red, white and yellow onions and much more. 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 throughout the Hudson Valley.

For more than 25 years CSAs have been protecting farms and farmland. CSA offers advantages to farmers: We receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow, and we have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food we grow. CSA also offers advantages to consumers: You will get to eat ultra-fresh food and will be exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking; you’ll get to visit the farm at least once a season; and you’ll develop a relationship with the farmer who grows your food and learn more about how your food is grown. Perhaps best of all, you’ll get to be part of a community with mutual interests in food and health.

Please consider joining us.

Thank you!

Ted and Jan Blomgren​

Thanks for a great season!

We’re sad to see Prospect Park CSA wind down for 2014, but are so thankful to our wonderful members and, of course, to Farmer Ted for another amazing year of fantastic small-farm, organic produce in our corner of Brooklyn.

For CSA members, we’ll be getting in touch with details for next year in early 2015. If you’re interested in joining up for the first time, email us at info@prospectparkcsa.org to get on our mailing list.

Until then, we wish you all the best for the holiday season and the new year.

Stay warm, and we’ll be in touch in a few months.

-The Prospect Park CSA Core Group

Storage Tips: Gourdy, Gourdy, Look Who’s Forty

I’m probably just a little too pleased with that title.

So you’d have to be, like, totally inept not to be able to store winter squashes relatively well in the short term. It’s like they were designed with our needs in mind, and you’d have to be a real malicious jackass to mess em up before Thanksgiving, at the earliest.

But you can really go the distance with these little buddies if you’re diligent. Here’s how to avoid Squash Sabotage:

  • Squashes will last their longest when stored, undamaged, at around 55°F and 60% relative humidity. Warmer temperatures will make them lose weight and moisture. Colder temperatures risk damaging them, too. Garages, basements and root cellars are great options, but for us Brooklynites with limited space, perhaps consider leaving them near a front entryway to your home or near a cracked window– drafty air from outside will help keep them cooler and slightly moister than it is in the rest of your home.
  • The fridge is a sorta OK place to keep em, but chances are they will get moist and rot faster.
  • If you wanna get cray cray about it, you can wipe each one down before storing with a mild solution of vinegar and water (or bleach or hydrogen peroxide) to kill any mold or spores which may already be on the flesh. Be sure to dry them very very well!
  • You’ll want to inspect them for nicks and damage, and eat any ones with signs of wear and tear first.
  • Much like apples, they can be lightly wrapped in paper and placed in boxes, or you can just leave em out all cute and fall-time rustic style. It’s best to give them a piece of cardboard or fabric to sit on, as a hard surface can, after time, cause a mushy spot to develop.
  • I’ve also heard you don’t want to store pumpkins with apples, because they can off gas to one another….kinda like me and my boyfriend after the chili tasting contest we went to last weekend.
  • Butternuts generally last the longest, followed by big pumpkins and acorn squashes. Delicatas, like their name suggests, aren’t quite as hardy, but with diligence they can last well into the New Year!

And did you know that, much like pumpkin seeds, you can roast the seeds of other squashes?  Butternut, spaghetti, and acorn squashes all are fair game, brosef!

So bust out your cumin and olive oil, salt n’ stuff and get those little crunchy pepitas a-roasting!

Impress your friends!  Charm your date.  Give your kids a reason to like you!