Ode to CSA & Farm Update

Muddy greetings, members and friends!

We’re convinced that you are all special people.  Not just because you are members of Second Wind CSA or have an affinity for us, but because you have chosen to be a part of the farming community and commit to keeping many of your dollars local while eating healthfully, with the seasons.  I went to an agriculture conference recently at SUNY New Paltz where two CRREO researchers showcased their study that found that CSA members are the most civically engaged citizens.  They care about the economy AND the environment, and they get out there and do the most to further more just systems.  We appreciate that you are doing more than buying local, organic food — you are part of a positive change in the food system, whose current industrial, globalized foundation cracks a little more every year.

A special note–we are almost FULL for the season!  Thank you everyone who joined early this year.  If you have friends or family who have wanted to join, you should encourage them to act fast, because we have just a few spots left.

Onions popping up

So, what’s going on at the farm?  The red wing blackbirds are trilling out by the pond, garlic is starting to sprout in the fields, and we’ve seeded the first of your crops for this season.  We always start with onions, leeks and celeriac, since they prefer colder temperatures during their younger days.  When you get your leeks and celeriac in the fall, we will remind you all to take a moment to appreciate all the time and nutrients that went into these veggies as they sat in the field for the entire season.  They’re basically the grandmas and grandpas of the field.

Everyone in the germinater
Everyone in the germinater

As requested by a few members last season, we’ve added shallots to your menu this year, for a little extra sweet onion-y punch in your summer and fall recipes.  Today I seed head lettuce, broccoli, chard, and some flowers.  Next week is a little crazy, with all the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants.  All the sown seeds get cozy and warm in the farm’s homemade refrigerator-turned-germinater, where they are kept at about 75 degrees for a week or so until the first sign of sprouting.  Then we will move them out to the greenhouse, where they can stretch out until we move them out to the hoophouse, and then into the fields they go!

Wes watering the little sprouts

All the best,

3 thoughts on “Ode to CSA & Farm Update

  1. Shellie Winkler March 19, 2013 — 7:16 am

    Thanks for the update, Bryn! We miss you guys and can’t wait for the season to start. Warm regards, Shellie

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. I’m really looking forward to the new season. Thanks for all your hard work!

  3. As I sit here looking out our den window at the snow falling ever so lightly, I am so excited for the gardening year. I look forward to those old timers in the Fall – Leeks are my favorite! – Potato Leek soup – yum –

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