|My birthday present.|
|My tomatoes are ahead of schedule|
|My beautiful carrots- a mixture of heirloom carrots|
If you have never participated in a CSA- it is a program where subscribers share the risk with the farmers. Subscribers normally prepay for their share. This allows the farmers to buy seed and equipment for growing their crops. In return, each week during the program the subscribers get a bag of food. If it is a good year then you get more of a share. If it is a bad year then your bags are less full. I have participated in good years and bad years and have never been disappointed. I have participated in CSA where it was just fruit and vegetables. The current CSA is much more than that.
|Lettuce from our garden- we went ahead and picked it because we should be getting lettuce this week form the CSA|
Good Natured Family Farms is comprised of more than 100 family farms in the Kansas City area.They banded together so they could offer their products in sufficient quantities to supermarkets (and our CSA). I think it is an incredible model. So our CSA- has fruits and veggies and dairy (milk and cheese) and eggs and beef and pork and bison and turkey and honey. I am so excited I can hardly stand it.
I was concerned about us having too much food. Of course I will can, pickle, and freeze for the winter, but I did plant a lot. I love gardening; it in incredible to have your hard work pay off with wondrous fruits and veggies. Thankfully Kansas City has a Plant a Row for the Hungry Program How great is that? If we have an abundance of food we can help others. I don't know about you but I really like the idea of growing food to help others. Here are the fruits and veggies they prefer because they keep:
· Beets Broccoli
· Cabbage Cantaloupe Carrots Cauliflower Cucumbers
· Green beans
· Parsley Peas Peppers Pole lima beans
· Spinach Summer squash
· Tomatoes Turnips
· Winter squash
I have enough pepper, squash, zucchini, and cucumber plants that we should be swimming in them. I thought about designating plants for Harvesters and I still might. I also need to check with our local food pantry to see if they want fresh produce.
|Our first "big" harvest of the year|
|Chopped salad- made with ingredients within 100 feet and 30 miles from our house- there is a difference|