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Cheer on Katchkie at the CSA Smackdown on 1/20!
Come cheer us on as we compete for Katchkie Farm's glory in Just Food's CSA Smackdown on January 20th at The Bell House!

This is the final round of Just Food's annual action-packed, citywide cooking competition, and all proceeds support Just Food's work to grow the CSA movement in New York City. Tickets ($25 at bit.ly/jfcsa2016) include a cocktail, a raffle ticket, plenty of sustainable snacks, and the opportunity to watch Team Katchkie (and four other teams) create an award-winning dish composed of mystery CSA ingredients in under 30 minutes.

Hope to see you there! 
   
        Dear Katchkie Farm CSA Members,

Welcome to a new year at Katchkie Farm! January definitely has a different pace from June. Things are quieter and slower, but the work certainly never stops. We're deep into office priorities right now: sorting, filing, and setting up CSA signups for the coming season. Seeds have been ordered and are now waiting patiently to be started in the freshly re-covered greenhouses. Our crop and field plans have been programmed into our software, which helps us to predict what vegetables will arrive in your shares when.

We've also filled out our voluntary Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) application and sent it off to the USDA, and all 50+ pages of our Food Safety Plan is in the works. This is not to say we haven't been following health codes all along, but the rules of the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act were just finalized at the end of August after being signed into law in January 2011. The rules require registered food production facilities to maintain a food safety plan, perform a hazard analysis, and create preventive controls for managing hazards. We also have to verify and document the controls are working -- that's where our tedious office time comes in.

Two of the three greenhouses have been covered with new plastic (check out the video below), and our new office in the barn finally has a cement floor. The drywall process will start soon. This means we'll have a real office and breakroom, PLUS a bathroom. Woohoo! No more porta potties! It's the little things.
Brand New Greenhouse Covers!
Brand New Greenhouse Covers!
Though the fields aren't yet covered with snow as they've been in years past, they've been hit hard by this most recent cold blast and no longer have any more vegetables to give. Our soil will rest now, either under snow or freezing temperatures. Our greenhouses stay toasty thanks to recycled cooking oil from Great Performances, and we'll soon be harvesting spinach and microgreens.
Stay warm everyone, and read on for warming recipes and exciting agriculture-related news!

Cheers,
Bob, Kristy, Suzannah, and Harry