By: Laura Duos (Nov 9, 2010)
During the past year I have made an effort to buy local produce as much as possible. The Keckler's CSA made this task much easier than I thought it would be. I signed up for a half-share of the full 21-week season. I picked up at the DOT market and it was quick and really well organized. The amount of produce in the half share was plenty for two people and offered a nice balance between both fruits and veggies. The communication was great. Every Monday I received an email listing the week's produce so I could plan my weekly menus accordingly. (I even learned to like a few leafy green vegetables that I otherwise wouldn't have tried). They included a number of fun extras: jellies, honey, cider and horseradish. I also could pre-order extras such as eggs, beef and an occasional chicken. At the end of each of the three 7-week seasons we received a credit at their market stand and could pick the items we wanted for the week.
The quality of the produce was consistently good and exceeded the quality of similar produce in grocery stores. This was my first CSA experience, so as with anything there was a bit of a learning curve. Some produce lasted much longer than the same produce I used to buy in a chain grocery store, while other things spoiled faster than I was used to. It was, however, an easy issue to resolve once I learned what I needed to cook quickly and what I could keep for a week or two.
Overall it was a great experience! Thanks to the Keckler's for running such a great CSA and I look forward to seeing you next year!
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