Posted by: David Watts | June 9, 2010

csa day = csa yay!

On Tuesday, we were elated to be welcoming the Crown Heights CSA back to Georgia’s Place. This year, we are proud to be the community pick up site for CSA members. In return, the CSA generously donates all unclaimed shares to the residents of Georgia’s Place. Sweet deal, if you ask me. This is the second year that the residents are benefiting from these donations, and we must say that these farm fresh veggies have had a major impact on their eating habits and overall health.
Yesterday was the first day of the Spring/Summer CSA. It was fun to watch the entire process unfold. First, the farmer arrived with a cargo van full of vegetables. Then, punctual as always, the CSA site supervisors arrived and went to work separating the vegetables and weighing them out. Fran Miller, a site supervisor, described it best when she said picking up your share is like being at the salad bar. Next came the members, hungry and excited for their first pickup of the season. This year there are around 200 people signed up for both full and half shares. To observe the pickup, you would never guess that many people were coming in and out of Georgia’s Place. The CSA runs like a well oiled machine.


snap peas!




crates of veggies!


And it gets even better. Of course we couldn’t miss this opportunity to pick the brain of an actual farmer. Will Lee, the son of Fred & Karen Lee of Sang Lee Farm in Long Island, NY, was happy to take a few minutes to check out our roof…and readers, he gave us the official green thumbs up! We learned invaluable information from him in the short time he was up there. For instance, did you know that sunflowers actually don’t need a lot of water? If you give them too much water, their bottom leaves begin to turn yellow and their stalks thin out. Not only that, the bloom gets too top heavy causing the flower to be unstable. We can’t have that, now can we? Here we were thinking of renaming sunflowers to ‘rainflowers’ because we thought they required so much water. Nope. Let them dry out. They like it. They are hardy little buggers.
Will also assisted David in adding more dirt to our tomato plant. He explained that more soil will allow the roots to grow deeper and the plant will grow larger (and increase the yield). We also learned why heirloom tomatoes are so damn expensive at farmers’ markets. Turns out that they are those most testy of tomato plants, bred for taste and not productivity. They are very slow growers and the yield is very low. I guess we should all be more understanding about that $4 green zebra heirloom tomato now that we know it probably took the poor farmer 3 months to grow.
We were also able to ask Will about our strawberries. Our strawberry plants are very large and in charge, having grown back from last year, but we noticed that the berries, albeit delicious, are teeny tiny treats. Will thinks this is because of insufficient pollination. Maybe there weren’t enough bees doing their waggle dance up on the roof this spring. Likely because we didn’t plant enough flowers. Solution? HIVES ON THE ROOF! You heard me: Bzzzzz. Stay tuned, we’re working on it.

Will adding more dirt to the tomato plant


team work at its best

P.S. To make Will Lee even more farm-tastic, he is bringing us tomato plants and planters from Sang Lee Farm next week. Thank you Will Lee, Crown Heights CSA, and Sang Lee Farms! We are so happy to be partnering with you and welcoming the Crown Heights community into our home!

yemi & i all smiles with the donations at the end of the night.

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