Happy Spring from the farm and welcome back! We are so excited to kick off our ninth season at Amber Waves Farm with you on board. The CSA has been the backbone of the farm since the beginning, and once again we’re grateful for your support through your membership, we rely on it financially and emotionally to keep going. Thank you for being a part of this adventure with us!
A lot has happened since the close of last season, here’s a brief overview:
New Owners! The farm buys the farm!
In December Amber Waves Farm purchased our farmland and adjacent Amagansett Farmers Market. We were able to pull this off thanks to the generosity of a few founding CSA families along with the generosity of the seller, Margaret de Cuevas. The sale of the farmland to Amber Waves Farm included the donation of an enhanced easement by the seller to the Peconic Land Trust. The enhanced easement includes provisions to ensure the land is actively farmed in perpetuity.
Security through land ownership is critical to the long-term sustainability of any farming enterprise, and we are forever grateful to Maggie de Cuevas for her extraordinary conservation work that has led to this milestone for our farm. We would like to acknowledge the years of immeasurable support from our farm’s board of directors, members, and donors, as well as the entire de Cuevas family, Peconic Land Trust, and our neighbors at Balsam Farms and Quail Hill Farm. The unwavering support we have received from our community underscores our continued commitment to our mission of food education. We are looking forward to continuing the pursuit of this mission through many future decades of stewardship of Amber Waves Farm while we welcome the community to enjoy the farm as it grows and evolves. The acquisition of our farm land is the culmination of years of effort, and also represents the start of a new and exciting chapter in the evolution of Amber Waves Farm. We are honored to become a permanent a part of the fabric of the Amagansett community and for the opportunity to serve the people of the east end; we’re and excited for the work ahead!
This season, for the first time, the farm has taken over the iconic Amagansett Farmers Market. We have been working hard all winter to get the market ready for the season and have hired a fantastic market crew, led by our new manager Juliana Nash. For us, it’s important that for the first time in ten years the farmstand onsite is a part of the farm operation itself and will be a four-season home base for us to showcase our products and welcome the community for educational programming. This year we’re starting small and going back to basics at the market. We will feature our produce and some of the great veggies our neighbors grow. We’ll also have flowers, Carissa’s Breads, local cheese, and fruits as the season goes on. You’ll find coffee, newspapers, a pantry and dry goods section, along with dairy staples. Our commitment to sourcing products locally is at the center of the market’s mission, so we have prioritized Long Island and East End products and also have a good representation of New York state, along with a handful of items that we love that have traveled longer distances to arrive at the market. We have a lot going on this season between the farm and the market as we grow into our new space, but please let us know what you’d like to see available at the market and help us make it a reflection of our community.
The market will be the new home base for CSA pickup, so you’ll be able to see how it evolves throughout the season!
The New Crew!
Once again we welcome another fantastic farm crew to Amber Waves. This intelligent, motivated group of people has been hustling all spring to get ready for the season, led by the familiar faces of our veteran farmers that are returning for a third or fourth season with us. We’ll introduce you to the new members of the crew in the coming weeks. This year Katie Rose, who’s joining us for her third season, will be spearheading CSA with me in Katie’s absence. Why is Katie absent…? Read on…↓
And finally, saving the best news for last and rewarding those who read the entire newsletter, Katie is thrilled to announce that she’s expecting her first baby…in the next week! Katie will be enjoying some well-deserved family time early this summer, but we know she won’t be able to stay away for long, so you’ll be seeing her at CSA pick-ups by the time the summer really gets rolling. Thank you again for your membership, we’re looking forward to another great season!
This week’s box:
Has so many green things this time of year! Solid food is on the way in a few weeks, but you'll enjoy many spring salads at the start of the season.
- Bok Choy
- Head Lettuces
- Scallions (tubular leaves)
- Green Garlic (flat leaves) (use the white portion
- Green Goddess Herb Mix (chives, sorrel, marjoram, savory)
- 4 seedlings of your choice
The fields are just waking up so there aren't flowers to pick yet, but the herb garden is open!
This week's recipes:
Try this kale parsley pesto (substitute green garlic for garlic cloves)
Stir-Fried Bok Choy and Scallions
Green Goddess Dressing: Chop (or Cuisinart) your herb bundle and mix with olive oil, a little vinegar or lemon, and salt and pepper to taste and enjoy it over the luscious lettuce!