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.