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Ok folks, it's time to start talking farm shares. Who's done local… - A little less than a happy high
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Ok folks, it's time to start talking farm shares. Who's done local CSA? What was your experience like? Would you do it again, or were you weeping as you begged the gods to stop sending you crates filled with turnips and kale? Did you have an option to buy meat?

Perhaps unrelated, "Roasted Hot Green Peas," the oddly delightful snack made of peas covered in magic pixie wasabi dust, make me sneeze.
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solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: February 1st, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did, from a farm near Shrewsbury. It was pretty cool. We got ungodly amounts of tomatoes. It was actually pretty cool... I think that farms that only supply kale and turnips don't last long in the CSA arena, as the C tends to get tired of the A and stop Sing it. If you see what I mean.

Out here in Santa Cruz, the one we subscribe to does provide plenty of kale, but also chard and all kinds of random tasty stuff. During the summer, we basically only buy bread and spices at the grocery store (which in our case is a hippy market with lots of bins of crap and organic things.)

I never looked into any that supply meat, 'cause, well, vegetarian. CSA is the way to go if you don't mind planning your meals around whatever is in season, though. Fresher, tastier, and you know where it came from...


komos From: komos Date: February 1st, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's something I've tossed around before, but it seems to be an idea better suited to a couple or more. One farm went so far as to say that a share was ideally suited to "two people who like to cook, or a family of four." I'm still puzzling out what that means, exactly.

I like kale and turnips both. I've just heard stories.
solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: February 2nd, 2008 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Two people who like to cook lots and lots of fresh stuff, or a family of four who would like their normal diet of stuff they may or may not cook supplemented with better produce.

But, yeah. If it's just you, it'll probably be way too much. I know some people share their shares...
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: February 1st, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
if you want meat you probably have to get on a waiting list. it's insane.
komos From: komos Date: February 3rd, 2008 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
A while back, I saw one that offered the option to buy meat when it became available. Unfortunately, I don't remember who it was, and I don't think I bookmarked their site because I are smrt.
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: February 3rd, 2008 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
i think Stillman and Drumlin are the only local meat share options. Drumlin at least does a regular CSA as well.
komos From: komos Date: February 3rd, 2008 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent. Thanks!
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: February 1st, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Been doing a CSA share through Parker Farm for all 4 years it's been in existence. Steve (the farmer) has had his ups and downs over the years - this year's weather was particularly uncooperative with him, and led to much less squash and peppers and other things than usual, but more greens later into the year, for instance - but he keeps us well fed.

What the "couple who likes to cook or a family of 4" thing means, in my experience, is that while the season's hopping, if there's just two of you you're either having salads and cooking things most nights a week (say, 5) to use up what's come in, or you're composting some of it; a family of 4 would, instead, get maybe 3 dinners out of it, or stretch it to sides for longer.

If it's a useful point of reference, we're happy enough with the price and quality of produce that the two of us are doing a large share this year, with the intent to blanch and freeze a fair bit of each week's haul so that we've got good-quality veggies to work with over the winter; we're planning on getting a big chest freezer for the basement.

No meat option through Parker Farm, but he does have a connection with a local orchard (whom he trades produce for their harvest worker crews' meals in exchange for apples/pears/peaches to give the CSA shares) that you can buy apples by the bushel from through him.

And the Davis pick-up spot doesn't hurt none. :-)
komos From: komos Date: February 3rd, 2008 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
It would certainly be better if I didn't have to go to JP to pick up veggies once a week.
starflow From: starflow Date: February 2nd, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eric and I are going to do a CSA this year. We're going to do Red Fire Farm. We're doing the full vegetable share and a fruit share, even though the fruit share isn't necessarily organic. I'm really looking forward to it.

In my continuing obsession with all things fiber related, I almost signed on for a yarn CSA. Maybe next year...
komos From: komos Date: February 3rd, 2008 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Was it the sheep farm link I sent to you? Where was it?
starflow From: starflow Date: February 3rd, 2008 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Martha's Vineyard, I think. Was it you who sent me that link? I love that kind of thing. I might still do it if they have some fall '08 shares available later this month.
komos From: komos Date: February 3rd, 2008 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I know I sent you one, if only because I remember coming across it and thinking, "Hey! Sam should know about this!"
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komos From: komos Date: February 3rd, 2008 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Miss you too.

Are you free at all next week?
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