Shared Harvest CSA 2009
By: Marie Duprey (Jan 8, 2010)
This was our first year participating in the Shared Harvest Winter CSA and we are so happy we did! My husband and I make all of our food from scratch and love to know that our food didn't travel too far, didn't cost too much in fuel, refrigeration and transportation and supported local farmers. And we've never eaten so well!
Gretta runs a wonderful operation with great participating farms and helpful, fun and friendly volunteers. She offers links to resources on how to store your produce as well as great recipe sites! We signed up for the 3 shares and it will feed us (2 veggie friendly adults) through more than half the winter. We eat a lot of vegetables, and I'm happy to hunt for new recipes and innovative ways to use some of the foods we were unfamiliar with (celeriac and salad turnips). This share is definitely for people who enjoy eating the good hearty seasonal fall and winter crops that our New England soil produces.
The pickups are incredibly organized and well-staffed. The boxes have come brimming with green and purple cabbages, delicious sweet carrots, onions, leeks, garlic, squashes, potatoes, turnips, beets, sweet potatoes, wonderful heads of crisp fall lettuce, spinach, kale and more! We've learned to pop popcorn fresh off the dried stalk, grate crisp salad turnips to top off our salads with delicious flavor, roast beets in maple syrup for a treat no one could resist!
We've learned to be resourceful with storage, thanks to Gretta's info. sheets and now know that all the carrots, turnips, parsnips, cabbages, etc., store great in coolers in our bulkhead, the squashes and sweet potatoes do great on shelves under the basement stairs, the onions like a cool spot near a basement window and the greens store well in the fridge. We've had the chance to buy extras like apples that still tasted fresh and delicious after Christmas, local maple syrup, beans for soups and hearty meals, enough garlic to last the winter, cheeses and additional root crops. This is a great way to learn about the abundance and nourishment of eating locally and coming together with community to feed ourselves and each other.
We are so glad we've found this CSA and become a part of this community!
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