Reviews for: Tewksbury Grace Farm
fantastic, fresh vegetables
By: Birgit Schult (Feb 15, 2011)
Last year was my first year with Johnny and Leah. I can't wait for this new season to start - I am tired of super market stuff. I enjoyed the variety and it challenged me to try new ways to cook. We love it!
By: Matt Miller (Feb 23, 2009)
Tewksbury Grace farms has some of the tastiest and freshest vegetables that I have ever had. I moved to central Pennsylvania from Eugene Oregon expecting the worst for produce. I was pleasantly surprised to find people like Johnny and Leah who are completely dedicated to growing organic food in a sustainable fashion. I have learned a lot about sustainable farming from them and we have had a lot of really fun conversations as well. When the growing season ends I go through Tewksbury withdrawals. My body and taste buds are much happier when I get to eat all of their awesome vegetables. Living in Lewisburg it is a treat to have such wonderfully fresh food delivered right to my doorstep. Another great part of the Tewksbury CSA is the variety. I have always felt that there is a wide assortment of vegetables in each delivery. It is fun to receive a sheet of recipes each week, it helps to give me new interesting ideas for using the vegetables. One of my favorite vegetables the Tewksbury's grow is the brussel sprouts: they are little firm and sweet pieces of heaven. I also really enjoyed the tomato festival at the end of last summer. We got to visit the farm and see and taste all kinds of beautifully colored heirloom tomatoes. Johnny and Leah are great to talk with. If for some reason you are hesitant to join the CSA I would highly recommend contacting them with your questions. Johnny and Leah, you are my farming heroes!
Great heirloom vegetables!
By: Brian Garthwaite (Feb 9, 2009)
Making the change from picking and choosing our vegetables to opening up a bag of mystery food on Friday afternoons was a big step. Fortunately, a bag of heirloom vegetables from the Tewksburys is always full of delicious and sometimes surprising things.
Everything is almost as fresh as if you'd grown it yourself, with a broad selection of unique varieties. Purple kohlrabi. Skinny green Asian eggplant. Enormous, fresh shiitake mushrooms. Tomatoes in all imaginable colors, with a great range of flavors. And the most wonderful mesclun salad mix, full of all sorts of greens (though not all of them are green), herbs, and edible flowers. It all keeps well for a good, long time, since it's hardly been pull from the ground before arriving on the doorstep.
In addition to all of the excellent food, the CSA offers its members the chance to visit the farm during the growing season. Up on that central PA mountainside, we got to meet some of the other people who'd joined up like we had, toured the intensively hand-worked garden beds, and ate our fill of fresh raspberries and sugar snap peas. It's good food, grown by friendly, hard-working people, and joining the CSA is more than just signing up for a regular delivery of fresh groceries. It's like a firm handshake with the land that feeds you.
Mindful small-scale farming makes a difference!
By: Elizabeth (Feb 7, 2009)
My family has been eating the vegetables, herbs, spices, and Shiitake mushrooms from Tewksbury Grace Farm for 3 years. Johnny and Leah consistently provide the most beautiful, healthy, and delicious produce I've ever eaten. The care they put into planning, growing, and harvesting their crops is evident when you receive the stuffed bags of perfectly clean veggies every week during the growing season. The variety of vegetables, many heirloom varieties, that we received was amazing... purple bell peppers, feathery green fennel, the red, green, purple Japanese eggplant, their amazing spring salad mix that includes edible flowers and herbs (no need to add anything to this for a salad!), beautiful purple cabbage (my 2 year old loved!), heirloom tomatoes of every shape, size, and color, gold beets, peas, and celery (I never knew celery could taste so good!). I loved spreading out our share on our table to just look at the bounty Leah and Johnny provided each week.
I have visited the farm and was inspired by their mindfulness to do things right beyond being chemical-free, for example, they minimize the use of petroleum products (i.e., plastic) in their farm operations and use no-till methods to preserve the soil and the beneficial organisms living in it. They collect produce waste from local restaurants and leaves from neighboring communities to make their own compost. They also have a large tract of land that they are converting back to prairie to preserve natural habitat and encourage biodiversity around their farm. They even developed a technique to avoid using Styrofoam when they inoculate their Shiitake mushroom logs!
Johnny and Leah love what they do and share their love of farming and eating great food with the community through educational programs and farm visits . The small scale nature of Tewksbury Grace and the pure love that Johnny and Leah put into their farm and the food they provide for families in the Central Pennsylvania is something you can taste and feel. I feel very blessed that my family can help support this type of agriculture, and that we can benefit directly from it!