FARM NEWS: Sign ups for our Winter CSA Share are now open! Winter Shares are important not only to customers who want to continue eating locally and seasonally through the winter, but also to our farm community. Because our members have supported the Winter Share over the past years, we have been able keep at least some of our great farm staff with a job year-round, so that they can support their families in a more stable way than the traditional “growing season” often allows.
Those who have experienced the Winter Share can vouch that it is a throwback to times before mass transportation and globalization, when Americans could get whatever they want to eat, whenever they want. Diversity remains high through the early winter, when we are able to offer both storage crops (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions etc) as well as cold-hardy greens from the field. During deep winter (Jan and Feb) we look forward to giving out in addition to the storage crops, delicious, quick-frozen crops we’ve stored this fall, including green beans, broccoli, cauliflower and sweet corn. Last year we made a large investment in 2 new “high tunnels”, adding more than 10,000 square feet of indoor growing space for spinach, lettuces, kale, and other hardy greens in the winter, in addition to the 10,000 feet we have already been using on the farm. These spaces are heated only by the sun, and no fossil fuels are burned to bring you farm-fresh greens all winter (or most of it)!
We’ve also been pickling, pesto-ing, and raising chickens to prepare for winter share. These items will appear in add-on options such as the Shopping Basket share, the Locavore share, and the Meat Share. Although our Plant Share is not delivered until next May, you can sign up for it now with the rest of your shares! (or you can wait a bit as well until gardening is more on your mind!)
We are happy to announce new pick-up locations in Carroll Gardens (for winter), Bed-Stuy, Bushwick, and are working on setting something up for our members on the UWS of Manhattan (sorry not available quite yet! More news to come). Remember to tell your friends that you don’t have to be a summer share member, to get winter share. All the info, and signup process is on our website at http://www.gardenofevefarm.
In other news, CSA members on Long Island should remember that our PumpkinFest Funpass (admission to the Kids’ Play Area, normally $10 per child and $5 for adults) is free for CSA members. Just ask for a wristband at the register or at the entrance to the Play Area. Each weekend till Halloween we have our huge hay tower, Go Kart track, farm animals, hayrides, pony rides (1-4pm), organic “Corn” Maze, and more (Weather permitting).
We’re also gearing up for Gleaning (Sunday October 25, 10am-noon) and Oktoberfest (Sat and Sun Oct 24-25, 10am-5pm). Oktoberfest is a Music Festival to benefit WUSB public radio, Long Island’s largest not-for—profit radio station. You can buy tickets by clicking on the link to the date of your choice: Hope to see you at some of these events!
Share items for Oct 14, 17:
Pea shoots, 1 bag ($3)
Tatsoi, 1 bag ($3)
Radishes, 1 bu ($2)
head lettuce (Romaine) ($3)
purple potatoes, 1 lb ($2)
Acorn squash “cream of the crop” variety ($3)
Spaghetti squash ($4)
Sweet peppers 2-3 ($3)
Shishito Peppers 3-5 ($4)
String beans, 1 qt ($5)
TOTAL VALUE: $32
Fruit share: Sekel Pears (fun little snack pears, eat them whole), 1 qt ($6), AND mixed varieties apples 3 lbs ($10.50)
Flower share: REMINDER: Flower shares end on Oct 24 – this is the next-to-last week for flowers! (and it is your last week if you are biweekly A week flower share): marigolds, celosia, cosmos
Egg Share: ½ dozen pastured eggs
Cheese share: To be determined
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