Great CSA Run by a Fantastic Family
By: Martha Becton (Sep 20, 2012)
We did a half-share all through spring-summer-fall in 2010, picking up at the DoT farmers market.
I've missed it ever since. The value was good and kept me on budget through a lean year with our young daughter. The quality of the produce was great. If you've been a farmers market shopper, you understand fresh and local produce is a different experience than big chain super market produce.
The Kecklers pack their CSA boxes with variety all through the season. They send a weekly email listing that week's produce and any extras you can add that week a la carte (meat, dairy, eggs, preserves, honey, herbs, etc). There were quite a few items included that I've eaten at restaurants but had not bought myself. A quick chat when you pick up your box answers any questions you have on "How do you guys like to eat/cook this?" You'll NEVER get a box filled with only one or two items. EVER.
One of the most useful things I learned from the Orchard Country Produce CSA is that I don't need three heads of kale from the farmer's market each week. I realized having a wider variety with smaller quantities (like what I received in the half-share) meant I was more likely to use all the produce each week. Even though we aren't currently with any CSA, I shop every Sunday at our neighborhood farmers market with the Keckler's weekly box in mind. I struggle to come close to the variety they packed for the money I paid:)
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