This summer we decided to get a farm share at a local CSA, Picadilly Farm. I am just LOVING it!
What is a farm share, you ask?
I had no idea these even existed until a few years ago! Basically, you purchase up front, a “share” of the harvest from a local farm, or CSA, Community Support Agriculture. Taking into account the associated risks, i.e., if a particular crop doesn’t do well, you accept that you might not get much of that fruit or vegetable. But reaping the benefits when it goes right! Picadilly Farm is organic, as most often are. They also provide boxes at several pick up locations and donate surplus to community services.
We opted to share our “share” with our friends Scott and Jennifer because we were worried we would be able to eat it all. We also went with the summer share which is just for the prime 12 weeks of the growing season. They also offer a full share which is 25 weeks from June through Thanksgiving. I hope we can do that one next year! They also offer a one time December share which we plan of doing this year.
Each week they offer three farm share pick up times, Saturday morning and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. We choose to go on Saturday morning because Kevin sees Jennifer each Saturday and can pass long the yumminess! When we don’t have gymnastics or a bazillion things to do, I try and go with the kids as well. I want them to see where their food comes from and to try and inspire them to eat more variety then just mac and cheese! Honestly, it is just gosh darn fun! Connor loves to go with us and pick out the veggies for the week and occasionally helps us to pick too.
When you arrive, we first head to the barn and we get to choose 8 items for your farm share (four for us and four for Jennifer and Scott). There are chalk boards and signs every here letting you know what is what and how much is consider one item. It is like all cute and Pinteresty – except for real! Then we head out to the pick your own areas. Again, a big chalk board letting you know what is ready to pick and any specific directions on cutting.
Right next to the barn is a whole area of raised beds with a wide variety of herbs and edible flowers. My mom was always big into edible flowers. I am nervous that the kids will just start eating random flowers so we will skip that until they are a little older. Then you can head out to the field and pick whatever is ready. We had a great batch of sugar snap peas and fresh green beans. I am a bit of a green bean snip – I only like then fresh and preferably raw and still warm from the sun. Last, but the most fun – is a whole section of the field of just FLOWERS! It is awesome! My biggest challenge though is trying to do this with the kids. The fields are not exactly stroller friendly and trying to cut flowers with Amelia in the front pack is a heck of a lot more challenging that you think. Our kitchen is just full of flowers now!
Each week, the farm sends out great emails with information about what has been harvested, some descriptions for more unusual items and recipes. My favorite parts of the email are the farmer’s stories about what they have been doing on the farm, the weeding, the planting, the successes and woes. I just love it!