Week 24: Second Wind’s Third Wind

Four Winds Farm turkeys dining on the remnants of the chard plants!
Four Winds Farm turkeys dining on the remnants of the chard plants!

Hello members and friends,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, what a wonderful season it’s been.  We want to thank each of you for being such amazing members – this season has flown by and now that we’re done, we can’t help but reflect on how great you’ve all been and how much we’ll miss you.  Second Wind has moved us one step closer to our dream of having our own farm, and we’re excited to pass this business on into excellent hands.

And now the big news: we are excited to officially announce next year’s CSA farmers: Allison Patrick and Alison Fletcher!  Alison and Allison have been working together on another organic farm in the Hudson Valley and each come from a background rooted in food and agriculture.  We think they are great people and are going to do an amazing job – we bet you’ll like them as much as we do.  See below for a quick message from them and a bio of each!

On that note, next year’s sign-up forms will be up on the website very soon.  Stay tuned, and feel free to send in any questions or thoughts on improvements for next season.  Second Wind will continue to operate as it always has – using Four Wind Farm’s organic, no-till growing practices that focus on ecological sustainability and healthful food.

What are we up to next year, you ask?  Well, Bryn is going to be working for Farm to Table co-packers in Kingston (the people that bring you the Winter Sun CSA!).  Farm to Table works with local farmers to preserve and distribute local produce year-round.  She’s also excited to have the opportunity to learn some grass-fed livestock skills with a local herdsman.  Wes is going to be learning some larger-farm systems working as the crew manager at Hearty Roots Farm, in Clermont, NY.

THIS WEEK’S SHARE: (note, Garrison picks up tomorrow (Monday) 4-7, while Gardiner’s schedule is unchanged.)

  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Winter Squash
  • Celeriac (bake them or make mashed celeriac!)
  • Kate
  • Carrots
  • Baby Beets (small enough to roast whole – no need to take the skins off, just give them a good rinse)
  • Parsnips (great in root bake, or mashed with potatoes and/or celeriac)
  • Watermelon Radishes (give them a try raw or roasted if you haven’t yet – they’re delicious)
  • Turnips
  • Maybe more? (depends on tonight’s cold snap!)

See you at the distribution!  Without further ado, here’s a message from Alison and Allison:

We are Allison Patrick and Alison Fletcher, your new Second Wind CSA farmers. We worked together this past season on a CSA farm in Putnam County, where we quickly became friends through our interest in similar styles of farming (and, of course, eating). We really appreciate Second Wind’s small-scale, no-till methods, and we are working closely with Bryn and Wes during this transition to ensure that we provide you with the same great produce you’ve become accustomed to from this CSA!

Allison Patrick
Allison Patrick

Allison Patrick: I am originally from a small farming community in southwestern Pennsylvania. As a kid, I got to eat fresh veggies from my parents’ garden, can tomatoes with my mom, and forage for berries and mushrooms with my dad. I loved being outdoors at all times and wanted that to a part of my future career, so I went on to study Environmental Science at Allegheny College. It was there that I decided small-scale, organic vegetable farming was my calling! I spent my time in school working, researching, and starting educational programs on CSA farms in western PA and loved every minute of it. After school, I spent years living and working in New York City, enjoying my time as an instructor in the Children’s Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. I spent this past season assistant managing at the farm where Alison and I met, and I am very excited to be farming at Second Wind next season!

Alison Fletcher
Alison Fletcher

Alison Fletcher: I am from the warm, southern town of San Antonio, Texas, where I was born and raised. I spent my childhood being inspired by my mother’s backyard Texas garden and excellent cooking skills. In 2013, driven by my concern for physical and spiritual well-being and a desire to care for the Earth to my utmost potential, I flew North to experience organic vegetable farming the Hudson Valley way. I worked on farms for the entire growing season and decided to dedicate my life to growing and providing organic produce for my community. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in violin performance from the University of North Texas and enjoy singing and playing my mandolin.

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