Welcome to the 2012 season!
We are very excited to get the season started and to begin sharing with you the bounty of the spring. With all the rain and heat, things have been growing quite quickly. While it is certainly a challenge to keep up with the weeds, it is very rewarding to see how quickly things are growing! Especially our greens, which are quite abundant at the moment.
The garlic scapes are coming with the first share this season, due to the mild winter… Although they are not commonly used, they are a really nice culinary treat because they are basically a fresher, milder form of garlic.
Everyone will be sharing the bounty of spicy salad greens (mizuna or arugula) as well. At the CSA potluck last week, I had the pleasure of tasting a light, fresh arugula/garlic scape pesto made by Caleb, one of our workshare members. It was definitely a tasty way of using those two ingredients!
Feel free to come take a look around the farm and introduce yourselves to Kenny and me, if you don’t know us already.
In addition to the bounty from our farm, your fruit will be coming from Fred Wilklow and his family Wilklow Orchards in Pine Island. Be on the look out for cherries and strawberries this week. Maybe raspberries as well. Please know that due to the very warm spring, New York Fruit growers experienced early blooms. These blooms were followed by a frost and a very wet spring. Some estimates put the apple crop loss for NY farmers at 85%. We tried to friend a Jersey or Pennsylvania grower, but they are in such demand that we couldn’t get one. This means that fruit prices are up and from time to time the share might not be as large. We’ll do our best though.
The eggs will be coming from Nestor Tello and his family, who run Tello Green in Red Hook (upstate). With your financial support coming so smoothly this year, we have contracted with the Tello’s and are now paying them in monthly installments to ensure that we have a consistent supply great, fresh, locally produced eggs.
At the market we’ve changed suppliers for veg and will be working with The Glibowki Family Farm. These are great folks dedicated to growing amazing product and getting into the hands of all New Yorkers. They have really been committed to Food Justice here in NYC. Dairy is coming in once again from Ronnybrook.
We’ve got BREAD ALONE at the market. Baguettes, chocolate croissants and the whole sheebang!
Bring you cup of coffee, grab a danish and jump in with us on the farm for a few hours before picking up your share.
Looking forward to a great season.
Shayna and the crew