Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Temple Farms Organics CSA review

our half, week one
Despite growing our own veggies and fruits, we decided to try out a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share this season. We are doing a half share of veggies and a full fruit share. We are actually splitting the full share veggies with a coworker, which gives us some flexibility. For instance, I don't need more dill. At all. Or asparagus, really.

our fruit, week one

The good points of joining a CSA: try new vegetables, forced to eat healthy foods, fun to be surprised with a big box of produce every week, organic

The bad points of joining a CSA: figuring out what to do with new vegetables, forcing healthy foods into the family, keeping up with big box of produce every week, expensive

So far we've had two weeks' worth, as follows.

Week 1: Spinach, Green Swiss Chard, Asparagus, Hakurei Turnips, Red and Green Head of Lettuce, Pak Choi and Garlic Scapes! Fruit Share: 2 quarts of Strawberries and 1 pound of Rhubarb!

Week 2: Green Scallions, Romaine Head Lettuce, Crispino Iceberg Lettuce, Asparagus, Fresh Cut Dill, Dandelion Greens, Zucchini, Chinese Cabbage, Purple Kohlrabi, Garlic Scapes! Fruit Share: lots and lots of Strawberries! (And hey, turns out Nea is allergic to strawberries. At least in vast quantities.)

From the Tempel Farm website:

Vegetable Share CSA:

Full shares: offered every week for 20 Weeks of the farm’s harvest from June 9th through October 20th. Your share is a 5/9 bushel box filled with 7-12 delicious items. $585.00

Half shares: same amount as a Full Share but offered every other week for a total of 10 weeks from June 9th through October 20th. $345.00 (We are doing half the full box every week instead.)

Fresh Fruit Share CSA: is offered every week for 16 weeks from mid June to late September. A variety of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, melons, peaches and much more will fill your summer with "in season" sensations! Fruit will be harvested from our farm and fruit grown by Mick Klug Farms who treats his crops with little to no pesticides and always practices sustainable farming methods. Once apple season begins we will augment your box with contemporary and heirloom apples grown by our farm, Mick Klug Farms, Seedling Fruit and other local growers. $275.00

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