THE BEET: Volume 14, Issue 21

In This Week's Beet:

  1. End of Season Survey- on site today & next week
  2. Winter Share sign up link
  3. 2016 Summer Season, sign up coming soon
  4. End of Season Happy Hour- November 5th
  5. This week's share
  6. Letter from Ted & Windflower Farm
  7. Queens County Farm Museum


Pick up today: 5pm - 7:30pm at PS 56 on the corner of Gates and Downing


Hello Everyone,

A few things I'd like to draw your attention to:

This week and next week we will have our end of season survey on site, and we would really appreciate it if you would take the time to fill it out.  Your comments and suggestions help us improve the CSA each year, and make changes as they are needed.

Next week is Halloween week!  Please encourage your youngsters to come and show off their costumes- any excuse to dress up is always fun!  There will be a few Halloween activities and snacks on site.

WINTER SHARE SIGN UP: Here is the link to the winter share sign up.  The Winter share is only 4 pick ups, over the next 3 months: it's a great deal, less of a commitment, and a great way to keep receiving fresh grown food throughout the winter.  Please sign up by NOVEMBER 5th.

2016 SUMMER SHARE:  Lastly, those members who are up to date on their volunteer hours, will soon have the opportunity to sign up for our 2016 CSA summer share (June-November).  You will need to give a small deposit to hold your space. 

END OF THE SEASON HAPPY HOUR AT FULTON-GRAND:  We would like to invite everyone to have a drink together at Fulton-Grand on November 5th.  It's nice to get to know your neighbors, especially when you know you have something in common :)  Fulton Grand Bar, (in case you haven't been) is on the corner of Fulton Ave & Grand.  They have happy hour from 2pm-8pm: $2 off all drinks, and make a mean dark and stormy.

This Week's Share:

  • yellow potatoes
  • carrots
  • onions
  • daikon radish
  • sweet peppers
  • lettuce
  • curly 'Winterbor" kale
  • tatsoi (chineese spinach)
  • fresh herbs
  • surprise veggie!

Letter from Ted & Windflower Farm

Down at the Borden’s farm stand today a leaf-peeper was overheard to say, “it’s drive-off-the-road pretty around here.” His car didn’t look any the worse for the wear, and all present were in agreement. “The colors are magnificent,” said one of us. “The prettiest in years,” said another. “The farming season is punctuated with the exclamation that is our fall splendor,” said a third, which, after a moment, we all agreed sounded rather poetic. And, unable to top that, our conversation turned to the fall apple crop, which happens to be one of the best in years, according to Tim Borden. This week’s fruit share will include Tim's ‘Empire’ apples and a half gallon of the Borden’s very fine cider. 

An unusually hard freeze expected tonight has us scampering about with the row covers that will give some protection to the few salad greens and carrot tops that remain in the field. From our high fields the view is indeed lovely. 

It’s time to sign up for your winter share. 

Click here to sign up. Or read on for more information.

This year we are celebrating our tenth winter share season! The share is meant to be something of an antidote to the long winter, and includes fresh salad greens from our greenhouses, stored roots, bulbs and tubers from our root cellars, and locally grown fruits in the form of cider, berry jams and stored apples.  

Your four monthly deliveries will include approximately 2 lb. of our organically grown greens (including spinach, kale, tatsoi and Swiss chard) about 10 lb. of our storage vegetables (including carrots, red and yellow onions, a variety of potatoes, beets, leeks, sweet potatoes, rutabagas and more), along with 4-6 lb. of fruits, and either the Borden’s apple cider or our homemade jam from our own or locally grown fruit - all packed to fit in a returnable one-bushel box. An optional egg share from neighbors raising free-range hens is also available. They are fresh brown eggs from free-range hens raised by the Brownell and Davis families, and they are raised on grass and hay and given no feed that contains GMOs, antibiotics or hormones.

Our winter deliveries will take place on four Saturdays - November 21st, December 19th, January 9th and February 6th – and are timed to coincide with the deliveries made to your CSA pickup site by Lewis-Waite Farm and Winter Sun Farm.

PLEASE sign up for your winter share by November 5th, the end of our regular season.

Have a great week, Ted 

Fall Activities at the Queens County Farm:

Not too far away is the Queens County Farm & Museum.  It's a working farm in NYC, and they also have a lot of fun, family activities every weekend: Pumpkin Patches, A Corn Maze, Haunted Houses, Costume Parades, Train Rides, and many classes and workshops.  

Here's a link to their event's page