Reviews for: Creative Growers Organic Farm
Thanks to Dave, Lori, and crew!
By: Meagan Watkins (Jan 3, 2012)
I would like to thank you for making my first CSA experience a great one. I would not have joined were it not for your delivery to our office. That really made a difference in the feasibility for me (I work long hours at an office downtown). Also, I was able to split a share with my coworker which resulted in the perfect amount of food each week for my husband and myself. I was very pleased with the quality of the veggies. You serve some of my favorite restaurants in town and I felt like I could just cook my own awesome meals because I was using the same ingredients as them! Lastly, I loved the box notes! It was really great to hear the ups and downs of the week and made me appreciate the work that you do even more. I hope we get enough people next year for an office delivery because I definitely want to join again.
Variety and Quality
By: Josie Ralston (Dec 30, 2011)
Not normally one to write a review - but after subscribing to the Creative Growers CSA for the past two years - and after reading the past review - I felt compelled to spread the word.
First, a quick comment on the previous review, what is wrong with a purple potato or fennel bulb? Seriously, if you want a box full of russet potatoes, iceberg lettuce and perfectly spherical tomatoes - I think your local grocery store is probably a better bet than a CSA from a small family farm. If, on the other hand, you want to branch out and try something different - then go the CSA route. You'll get plenty of your basic staples (carrots, potatoes, etc) - but also get an opportunity to try a lot of things you will never find at a grocery store (garlic whistles, sunchokes, lemon cucumbers, and the aforementioned speckled lettuce - pretty sure those "brown spots (i.e. specks)" are supposed to be there :) ).
The quality of the vegetables our family got were consistently good and every week I looked forward to seeing what was in the box. It was like a little adventure trying to incorporate new vegetables (to me) into some old recipes and finding new ways to use the old standbys.
CSA's aren't for everyone - but if you want great vegetables and like trying new things every now and then - give one a try. I've personally tried a few in the Portland area and Creative Growers is my favorite so far. Is it perfect? Not sure, but I am supporting a local farm, eating great and learning what it really means to eat seasonally (i.e. only a few short months of really good heirloom tomatoes)
very purple, but paltry
By: robin wiggin (Sep 21, 2011)
As my first CSA, albeit in a less than ideal growing year, I am not off to a great start. The produce has been dominated by way too many fennel bulbs and tops, purple potatoes, purple broccoli, beets, and not nearly enough carrots, lettuce, zucchini, onions, beans and other basic foundations of a family's vegetable needs. Very creative but not enough to eat! The tomatoes are heirloom I guess, and very weird shaped and brown spotted but taste good once you cut out the brown areas. I have made peace with beets, which is lucky since I had to eat many of them this summer. The lettuce has been horrid. Tiny clumps of "speckled" aka brown, lettuce barely enough for a single person's salad, let alone a family of four for a week. Pea greens in the start of summer were not what we wanted or could handle gracefully. What about pod peas? A few djd come, but the box was small. This while getting bits of too precious weird things like broccoli/cauliflower/purple pointy things. More food, less creativity for my next CSA -- if I can convince my family it's worth the hassle. Luckily there is a produce market next door to the Grand Central Bakery where I can buy supplementary veggies. But I grimace as I spent a small fortune for the year, it would seem. Maybe it will be better in October and November?