News from Windflower Farm: Nov. 8, 2011

November 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

We have been putting the farm to rest under the most beautiful of fall weather conditions this week. The farm crew moves lightly as they harvest the last of your greens and roots, and pick up row covers and the sand bags that hold them down. We haven’t forgotten previous seasons when the final weeks were dominated by snow or cold rain or mud. Hunting season begins soon, and we have been enjoying our fall woods while it is still safe to be out in them. Turkeys and deer are numerous. Today, Jan and Jacob saw a large flock of snow geese, large white birds with black-tipped wings that pass through twice each year, once on the trip to their arctic breeding grounds, and once on their return to the mid-Atlantic coast. They often stop on our fields to feed on roots, rhizomes and shoots. The Medinas are familiar with these birds, and know about their parallel migrations. They are happy to be heading to a warmer place, too, having not forgotten last week’s snowfall and wanting to return home before another one strikes.

The local gang is also ready to move on, some to other work (one a ski lift operator, one a school bus driver, another a wreath maker), some to travel (one to Germany, another to Turkey and then Ireland), and two on to other projects (one building her own house addition with her husband, another to work on her art). I think they all intend to return to the farm next year. Jan and I are happy to have a rest after this rather crazy farming season. We have not seen more weather in so short a span of time before. I’ll be attending farming conferences this winter, repairing farm equipment, and doing a little skiing. Jan will be reading and sledding.

This final share of the season has come quickly. Before we get to it, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you. Thanks to the farm staff, whose daily work in our fields has produced some excellent vegetables. Thanks to all of you for your membership in our farm, and, by extension, for providing all of us with good work. Thank you for your volunteerism at the CSA drop off sites, for your enthusiasm for vegetables, and for your support of local, small-scale farms.

And finally, and very importantly, I want to extend a special thanks to those of you who coordinate your neighborhood CSAs. You are the handful of people who make the CSA happen. Community Supported Agriculture truly keeps small farms like ours healthy, but it does more than that, it also helps you build community around the most basic of needs – food. Good, organic food.

Your last shares of the season will consist of celeriac bulbs (see the recipes), winter squash (butternut, mostly), garlic, and chiles, a bag containing carrots, potatoes and onions, and another bag containing lettuces, kale, tatsoi and chard. I can picture soups and salads of all kinds. It turns out that I made an error last week – it was the Thursday fruit shareholders who were due another fruit share, not the Tuesday folks. So, we will be sending fruit on Thursday. I hope you enjoyed your CSA experience and that you choose to join us again next year. In the meantime, Jan, the farm crew, and I wish you a happy and healthy winter season.

My best wishes,

Ted

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Recipe: Celeriac Potato Cakes In the Bag: November 8, 2011

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