A Very Enjoyable Share Season
By: Julie Magro (Sep 17, 2009)
This is my 2nd season as a Maple Creek Farm Share member. Here are my thoughts on the share:
The produce is TOP notch. I'm a Whole Foods shopper so usually I get my share, see what I have, and then run to Whole Foods to pick up the supporting items I need to make my meals like beans, oils, etc. Naturally I stop by their produce section to compare what I got in my share to what they have in the store, I have not been disappointed. For example, last week we got Kale, nice crisp green Kale, I got to Whole foods and while theirs was organic, it was covered in that annoying mist they spray on the veggies and very limp. Kind of gross when I compared it to what I got in my share.
I don't have to wonder. There is real value in knowing where your food came from and who is growing it. The weekly emails from Michelle on the food we are getting, what is happening on the farm, whether they need more or less sun, more or less rain, etc is great because I don't have any questions about the food, what conditions it was grown in, etc. I know where my money is going and how it is being used.
Its easy. I love that I just pick up my box, see what is in it and decide what to make for the week. No wandering around a grocery store for an hour and waiting in checkout lines. This is the way it is supposed to be. If I am not familiar with something in the box, my friend Google comes to my rescue with a few searches and I've immediately have more ideas than I have product to try.
The variety can't be beat. If you start reading any type of health books they will consistently tell you to eat a variety of fruits and veggies and this share has helped us accomplish this. It is VERY easy to fall into the trap of eating the same things you are familiar with week after week after week.
If you are interested in seeing pictures of the share, I've been taking pictures every week and you can view them here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/magro-family/sets/72157621095564284/