News From Lewis Waite Farm, 9 June 2007


News from Lewis Waite Farm

Spring at Lewis Waite Farm

Nancy and Runty

Well, the inevitable happened today (Tuesday June 5). I finally did a full back flop in the muddiest part of the pig pen! I have skidded down muddy slopes. I have tripped and fallen to my knees. I have gone sliding and arms flailing down a slippery clay slope. As a skier for many years, I am pretty good at keeping my balance. But never until today did I have to undress from my muddy slimy jeans and jacket in the porch before I came inside. Luckily we live on a dead end road. Luckily it was raining and cold all day so I had long pants and a waterproof jacket. And luckily I was all done with my chores and I just had to put away the wheelbarrow and come inside.

About Our Fruit Farmer and Their Methods


As you know, Hepworth Farms will provide our fruit for the season. They provide for other CSAs in the area, and from what I've heard, the fruit is fantastic. Cobble Hill CSA has a little writeup from Amy and Gerry, our farmers, which should give you a little more info about the fruit and the way it is produced:

Hepworth Farms is a small diversified ecologically managed farm located on the banks of the Hudson River. Our farm has been in our family for seven generations. Our last 25 years of work have been dedicated to organic and ecologically sustainable farming.

Hellgate CSA Flickr Group


I just wanted to remind you of the CSA's flickr group!  It can be found, here:

For those who are not familiar with flickr, it is a photo sharing site.  If you have a flickr account, please consider joining the group, and posting your pictures of all that is Hellgate CSA-related.  If you don't have a flickr account, it is very easy to create one.  It's free to join, too.
We hope to see you there!

Bags, Bags, Bags


A big thank you to all who came with their own bags, and especially to those who came with cloth bags. We support and encourage re-use and sustainable patterns like these. However, if you are lacking in the cloth bag department, fear not! We are in the process of ordering some wonderful environmentally-friendly bags from Enviro-Tote, which specializes in producing bags made of recycled cotton and organic cotton.

A Little About Mizuna


MizunaAt distribution today, a number of people were mystified as to what mizuna actually is. My readings indicate that mizuna (Brassica juncea var. japonica) is a Japanese mustard green, also known as Xiu Cai, Kyona, Japanese Mustard, Potherb Mustard, Japanese Greens and California Peppergrass.

Notes from Green Thumb Farm, 5 June 2007


Another season is upon us and our first deliveries are happening. Because of our cold spring, our strawberries are arriving later than expected, but with the heat of last week they are finally ripening. Our first weeks we will be bringing in lettuces, salad and culinary herbs, radishes, and some asparagus. Swiss chards and our different types of peas should arrive by mid-month, with beets and carrots soon thereafter.

Reminders About Distribution


First distribution is coming up! If you're like me, you're really excited to get your first CSA share of the sesason. So, here are some details to help you navigate Tuesday's fun:

Distribution day one! Vegetable distribution runs 5:30-7:30pm* in front of the Freeze Peach Cafe at 22-00 29th Street every Tuesday -- except the week of the 4th of July.