Amazing produce, better people, happy to be a part
By: (Jan 25, 2011)
I bought my first CSA a couple summers ago from Brian and Paige's Produce. It was amazing! The season started with flowers and herbs to plant. The flower baskets bloomed for weeks. The planted herbs grew all summer long; a perfect beginning and accoutrement to the produce to come.
I purchased a half share for myself. I cook frequently but there was tons of great produce. Every Saturday, I would pick up my CSA, excited to see what was next. Everyone at Paige's Produce recognizes your face, says hi and how are yous, and are genuinely glad to see you. And they love feedback. (mine always appreciative of hard work and kindness) What I didn't take into account, after I brought tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, etc home, the shelf life of local produce is outstanding. Paige's Produce harvests the ripe and ready hours before they drive to the Columbus markets- so by mid season, the fridge is full! It's wonderful. I gave away baskets to friends, or had BBQs, and made lots, and froze lots, of veggie lasagna.
I happened to move to Washington, DC at the end of the summer, and a friend took advantage of the autumn CSA. The next summer, in DC, I participated in the farmers market per-usual, but I missed the convenience and sense of family that Paige's Produce brings. You can't buy kindness; Brian and everyone at Paige's Produce just happen to give it away for free.
Now, back in Columbus, I'm anxious to begin the 2011 season with Paige's Produce once again.
A half share is great for two adults, frequent cooks, smaller families, and party throwers. I'm sharing my CSA this year, and have seasoned canning skills I'm anxious to tryout. A full share works with larger families, shared by couples- I've seen- and smaller shares work for anybody. I usually purchase additional fruit and vegetables upon pick-up, if I want.
I hope this helps! (sorry, seems I had a lot to say) But I really enjoyed my CSA with Paige's Produce. I trust I will enjoy it again, and again too.
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