Red Jacket Orchard’s CSA

Bienvenido, Velkommen, Welkom, Willkommen, Aloha, Benvenuto, Välkommen, Shalom, Salaam. In other words: WELCOME to all of Red Jacket Orchard’s new Fort Greene (Brooklyn, NY) CSA members.

As you may already know, Red Jacket Orchard’s CSA is very new in scope, concept, and reality. And yet it has grown rapidly, getting a lot of attention from many foodies and bloggers around the NYC metro region.  We’ve already been through our summer fruit season, and the early part of our apple season. And it is pretty obvious by looking out the window that our growing season is behind us. However, that does not mean that the best we have to offer has to be. In fact, the one piece of fruit that Red Jacket Orchard’s is known for more than any other is the apple. We grow over 350 acres of apples—including old and new varieties alike. While the bulk of Red Jacket Orchard’s acreage is dedicated to varieties that everyone is familiar with—Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Empire, Fuji, Gala—there is also an increasing amount of our orchards that is being planted to new varieties some of which are very new (e.g., Ambrosia) and others that are very old (e.g., Lady circa 1500s). Including perhaps one of the most NYC-centric varieties ever: the Newtown Pippin—very easily New York City’s apple. Many of our common varieties, as well as the rarities, are offered through our CSA at their peak of eating quality.

And whereas the summer fruits that we grow are ephemeral by nature, the apples we grow (over 40 varieties) are available throughout the year (more or less). Also, in contrast, apples can be stored (under the right conditions) for months and months. Find a cool, dark, quiet place that’s free of the other critters that also like apples, and you can enjoy these horticultural gems throughout the fall and winter, often right up to spring when you’ll begin to see the first of our summer fruit: Sweet Cherries. Therefore, find your favorites, try them all. Then try them again, Like fine wine, many apples actually get better with age, so put a few away for a cold, snowy day.

So, welcome, and welcome again: we have a lot in store for you this fall and winter.

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About Farmer Mike Biltonen

Mike Biltonen is lifelong farmer with a passion for great tasting, sustainably grown food. He also has an opinion and this blog is his soapbox. But mostly he just likes to farm. Enjoy!
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