By: Locavore (Oct 28, 2008)
We'd never joined a CSA before, so I don't have anything to compare it to other than farmers' markets and the supermarket.
Contrary to the poor review below, we didn't receive a single vegetable that wasn't in good condition, with the possible exception of a couple of cucumbers halfway through that were pretty floppy, but still entirely edible. And for several weeks in September/October, we literally had more tomatoes than we could eat, in a wide array of varieties--all heirloom and delicious, in great condition. The greens on the beets (which normally go bad very, very quickly) were fresh and ready to eat along with the roots. Kale, chard, spinach, rocket, carrots, radishes, peppers, eggplant, okra, all in good condition. There were lots of unusual eggplant varieties that were beautiful as well as tasty.
Things started off slowly, but my gardening frequently does, as well, and the record-setting profound widespread flooding of the late spring/early summer probably accounted for a lot of the slow start. They ran the season late because of that--we just got our last share October 27th and it has pretty generous amounts of 9 items.
There were definitely some light weeks here and there, where we got smaller shares except for giant bunches of fresh herbs (which are nice, but one can have too many of them--even with pesto making and the freezing we should have done and didn't manage to do, we wound up composting a lot). Those who don't like cilantro should say so upfront or else rent a storage unit for the haul. ;-)
Shane and Nikki are very friendly. As I said, I don't know what other CSAs provide, so it's possible the produce wasn't as copious, or the price not as competitive, as might be had elsewhere. In general, though, we were relatively pleased. It is obviously a smallish, finding-its-stride sort of operation, but they are enthusiastic and we ate a lot of good veggies this summer. They are still a bit fledgling but probably deserving of continued community support.
Comments on this Review:
Locavore says: (Oct 28, 2008)
"They are still a bit fledgling but probably deserving of continued community support." In rereading our review, I wanted to amend this to remove the "probably." They do deserve continued community support. :-)