THE BEET: Volume 15, Issue 13


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This Week's Share

  • Lettuce – two heads
  • Sweet Corn
  • Beets
  • Beans
  • Scallions
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Peppers

From Windflower Farm

Thank you to all who made the trip to our farm last weekend. It was the highlight of my summer. An image or two can be found on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

The Dog Days are coming to a close: vacations are ending, school is getting under way and the hot, humid, buggy weather that ruins summer greens appears to be behind us. Collards, arugula, the various kales and choys, and mustards of all sorts fall victim to the ravages of flea beetles and the hot, dry conditions of August, and by the end of the month we will normally have harvested or tilled under everything from that family of greens. All of this contributes to the farm looking fairly vacant. (Our garlic and onions and many of our carrots, beets, cabbages and potatoes have been harvested and tucked away.) In the meantime, during the last three or four weeks, in a part of our farm set well apart from the location of our early season greens, we have planted a wide assortment of late summer and fall greens. Direct-seeded salad mixes and arugula are emerging nicely under row covers, and transplanted kales, chards, choys and lettuces are enjoying the cooler nights. The planting goes on: just today, in addition to three kinds of lettuce, we planted bok choy, Koji, Tokyo Bekana and two varieties of Swiss chard. And on the transplanting docket for Thursday are purple mizuna and collards. After this August hiatus, an assortment of salad and cooking greens should find their way into your shares for the balance of the season.

Next week’s shares will likely include cilantro, chiles, onions, garlic, tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, escarole (or baby choy), and sweet corn (or beans). Kales and Swiss chard will return to your shares the following week. Your fruit share will resume in the second half of September.

Have a great week, Ted 

Farm weekend photos!  Courtesy of Stephen, Distribution Manager

Spotlight on the Core!

Liz Vento  ::: In-Season Treasurer

 Liz and her daughter.

Liz and her daughter.

1.  What's your job in the CSA core, and what does that job entail? 

I am a co-treasurer, currently the in-season co-treasurer.  I collect and record payments before sending them to Farmer Ted. Of course there is other stuff, but that's the majority of what I do during the season. 

2.  How long have you been part of the CSA? Of the core? 

I have been a member of the CSA since 2006, (with the exception of 2007 when I sent my deposit in too late and didn't make it off the waitlist) and a core member since 2009. I started as a distribution site coordinator and then switched to co-treasurer.

3.  Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

4.  What do you do in your real life? 

I am a breastfeeding counselor and doctoral student in psychology. 

5.  What's your favorite part of belonging to the Clinton Hill CSA? 

I love walking a few blocks every week to get my vegetables! I also love the flower share.

6.  Veggie you love? How do you cook it? 

I love tomatoes, cabbage, green beans and okra. My partner has taken over the cooking since I returned to school, she makes the best soups. 

7.  What's a veggie you're less crazy about and how do you use it? 

I don't love arugula, but I love to make it into pesto with walnuts, garlic, olive oil and salt. 

8.  Something no one would guess about you? 

I love playing non-competitive group games. Maybe someone would guess that.

9.  If you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be? 

I answered this same survey for the beet 5 years ago, and my answer was blueberry, which happens to be my 2 year old daughter's favorite fruit.