Cheerful Spousal Approval
(after my well-presented excel spreadsheet calculations of reasons we should be part of it)
Current Spending Action
(since I ran out the door to sign up and pay for our farm share 5 minutes later…and it was a big hit to the pocket…but will save us money in the 5-month long run if we can stay disciplined. Actually, we could have done a monthly billing and made it less drastic, but we had the money saved so I decided to just put it all down and stop worrying.)
Continuous Summer Arrivals
(of local, fresh, varied produce in large weekly quantities from June to October)
Culinary Support ASAP!
(since I have no clue how one eats a fennel bulb, bok choy, parsnips…)
YET, EVEN SO, I
Cannot Stand (the wait till our first) Arrivals!
We’ll be getting most of our veggies (and hopefully most of our grocery bill’s worth of food) from a beautiful place called Winter Green Farm this summer. That is, of course, in addition to what we’ll be harvesting from our own little garden down the street. It’s a move Atticus and I are trying to make toward learning how to live more “in season” and fresh-food oriented. Hopefully we’ll be able to preserve some food for the winter as well, making our farm investment go even further.
I won’t lie, buying a share in a fully-organic CSA is not “cheap” but, when you do the math, neither is it “expensive.” For us, it was the easiest, cost-effective, and most community-friendly way to help us along the path of trying new tastes and overhauling our processed/meat-heavy diets that we became so comfortable with in our single college years. Of course you can have a vegetable-centric diet without joining your nearest CSA but, for me, I know it would be harder to stick to my broccoli-shaped guns every time I went to the grocery store (“Man…that Stouffer’s lasangna looks good…and easy…” We actually have one in our freezer right now…it’s in a glass box that says “Break when in Dire Crave”).
By committing to this CSA program, whole pocketbook and heart, at the beginning of the summer, we’re essentially buying what I like to think of as a gym pass for our kitchen. You’ve paid the money so you’ll actually do it. On top of that, you’re getting a big ol’ box of eggplant, chard, basil, and whatnot every single Friday afternoon so you sort of have to eat it (or freeze it, dry it, can it). It’s going to keep coming at you. If you don’t stay on top of those vegetables, herbs, and berries you’re just gonna end up with an ever-growing compost heap that cost you cool $500.
We are seriously getting a lot of plant matter coming our way. Of the 40+ varieties that will fill our weekly box in one way or another, check out this select sampling of the total shares we’re expecting for our moolah:
17 Pints of Blueberries and Strawberries
18 lbs. Tomatoes
15 lbs. potatoes
5 heads of cauliflower
20 ears of corn
16 heads of lettuce
10 lbs. carrots
…and that’s just a mere fraction, people. It is oh so very mere. Darn good thing all that is going to come over half a year time-span because imagining it all piled up in my kitchen…well…I just wouldn’t have a kitchen.
So check out our farm since we now, in a very small way, own a piece of it. We like it and its ginormous greenhouse, friendly cows, and acres of celeriac (anyone? help?). I can’t even tell you how excited I am to get that first pint of strawberries.