This is our family’s very first year as CSA farm share holders. Last fall we tore down our big garden in hopes to get the ball rolling toward selling our house. We still have three large raised garden beds, but not enough garden space to feed our family off of. Some puzzle pieces fell into place and now on Fridays, the kids and I work the CSA pick up at the farm. So between our CSA share and what we can grow in our gardens we should be all set for food, which feels good.
Working is an odd concept to me. Moderating the farm share pick up for four hours once a week doesn’t really seem like work to me though. For some reason I feel like “work” means you are doing something you’d rather not, but feel like you have to. What I do more or less feels like helping out, having fun, and just living. Last week was definitely tough. The three older kids could self occupy themselves, but Lake, oh my, was quite tricky to occupy while packing out heavy boxes of vegetables. I’m sure he and I will get used to this new rhythm in time. The exchange for the weekly abundance of freshly harvested local organic produce for my family makes it all worth it.
The kid’s day included donkey rides courtesy of Kayla, of course, tons of strawberry picking, but mostly eating, hanging out in the barn, squirting the hose, stomping in puddles, and overall adventuring around the farm. My day included greeting people, answering any questions the best I could, making sure all the produce was stocked and packed out, moving and stacking boxes, and tidying up as much as possible.
I thought it would be fun to keep track of what we bring home each week and compare as the season unfolds and we see different crops come into season. This week we received: mountain mint, oregano, green head lettuce, red head lettuce, garlic scapes, baby bok choy, arugula, salad mix, chives, radishes, bunching onions, broccoli raab, kale, and strawberries. I have to say, I feel like the first harvest was quite bountiful (and beautiful).
Two things I learned, was how delicious garlic scapes are. We had them for dinner last night, and I have never ever eaten them before. I love finding new delicious things to eat. Second, that in the cooler, the harvested veggies keep their crisp best if you lay damp sheets over the boxes. What a simple cool trick.
Bella really enjoyed helping. She would help bring out more vegetables when the boxes were getting low. She was so proud of herself and just kept saying how she couldn’t believe that she was really working. I feel like it is connections like these that hold a great amount of positivity and power to children…to know where food comes from and to be a part of the process, whether that be in your gardens at home, at a nearby farm, or at a local grower’s market. The connection between ourselves and our food and the gratitude that surrounds that connection is something we need to embody as much as possible and pass down to our children. So each week I may have some tidbits about our day at the farm, what we took home, and maybe if you’re lucky some recipes too.