Meet your CSA Core Group: Julee

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Name: JuLee Colner

What is your role in the Prospect Park CSA? I’m in charge of community outreach, which gives me the incredible privilege of interacting with many people and institutions that help make our neighborhood great.

Why did you decide to become involved with the CSA? After being a member for a few years, I decided I wanted to be even more involved. The CSA has been a big part of my life and I didn’t want to take it for granted. It is a great way to make a positive impact in our community.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering with Prospect Park CSA? I work for ICAP at Columbia University, a global health nonprofit. I also volunteer with the CHEF program through the New York Junior League. Cooking and Health Education for Families (CHEF) seeks to empower families to make life-long, healthy choices through nutrition and exercise workshops that emphasize planning, collaboration, and fun. You can also find me walking my cairn terrier, Hemingway or running in Prospect Park with my husband.

What’s your favorite place in our neighborhood?  I love so many places in the neighborhood – Bearded Lady, St. Catherine, Stocked, Mermaid’s Garden…but Prospect Park is hard to beat.

What’s your favorite dish to make with CSA produce? I love experimenting with new vegetables and making new dishes. Last year, I made beet ravioli, butternut squash pancetta pasta, tomato pie, and countless delicious salads from the veggie loot.

 

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