Great Winter Share!
By: Laura Olive Sackton Ariel Berman (Jan 8, 2010)
As a farmer, I've been involved in selling CSA shares for years, but have never received one myself. This was a great share to start with!
Thanks to the wide variety and quantity of vegetables (and my own pantry stores), I was able to eat vegetables solely from the share (for a household of 2) for the first half of the winter. Two big boxes of roots, squash, onions, garlic, kale, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, leeks, parsley and cilantro, bok choy....
If you don't like roots, this isn't a share for you. Arriving home with two huge boxes of veggies to store for a month can be a little overwhelming, too, but I was impressed with how long things lasted. I stored the roots in the fridge, and they did great. I still have some squash and onions under the shelf in my pantry, and they are looking perky.
Gretta does a great job organizing the pickups. In addition to a great selection of vegetables, the share included delicious dried beans and apples. There is also the opportunity to buy extra local products - honey, eggs, cheese, maple syrup, bulk veggies. I found this really helpful, and am still enjoying a big bag of local garlic I bought from the share. (I always dread the day when I have to go back and buy grocery store garlic....)
All told, this is a great winter share if you love eating seasonally and dread the day when your summer CSA ends and you're forced to buy kale from CA in the grocery store. With the Shared Harvest CSA, you'll get your fill of cold-hardy New England favorites - yup, that means turnips and celeriac, but sweet potatoes and parsnips, too.
Overall, I highly recommend this share. A lovely and delicious experience all around.
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