LocalHarvest Newsletter, July 23, 2013
Photo by: Maxwell Creek Farm
Welcome back to the LocalHarvest newsletter.
I like to wring every drop of goodness out of summer's abundance. Last month I wrote about making the most of your summer produce in the kitchen, and this month I ‘m thinking about how to get the most out of your CSA. My notes for this article originally approached the subject from a different angle, "how to be a good CSA member." When I started digging in, though, I realized that they amount to the same thing. At its best, a CSA creates a mutually beneficial relationship between you and your farmer. Cooperation, connection, and full bellies all around.
Like any relationship, a CSA takes some work. Here are a few things you can do to have an excellent experience as a CSA member, now or in the future.
Familiarize yourself with what grows when.
Make peace with visits to the produce aisle.
Read the policies.
Get to know your farmer and the farm.
Talk to your farmer.
But not an hour before the delivery.
Getting the most out of your CSA and being a good CSA member comes down to having realistic expectations, getting to know your farmers, and talking with them right away if something is amiss. We encourage you to utilize the farm review feature on LocalHarvest.org to let others know about your experience with your CSA and other local farms.
The ideas are geared toward current CSA members. If you're considering of signing up for a CSA we have an article with some suggestions about how to choose one. And if you get your produce at a farmers market rather than through a CSA, I'll be writing about farmers markets next month!
Until next time, take good care and eat well.
CSAware: LocalHarvest Welcomes Lisa!
The LocalHarvest staff has expanded! We recently hired Lisa Noeltner as our farmer liaison to help us have greater phone contact with LocalHarvest farmers, and introduce some of them to CSAware, our CSA management software. Lisa has a passion for food and farming and is loving her new role. We are delighted to have her join us!
Along about this time of year, some farmers realize they have to get some technology to help run their CSA. Sound familiar? Drop us a line and Lisa will get you set up for a tour of the software!
From the LocalHarvest Store:
The lavender harvest is in full swing, so now is the perfect time to order this year's crop. One of the most popular of all herbs, lavender is known for its calming, relaxing, and antiseptic properties. Many people are ordering fresh and dried lavender bundles for their homes. Get yours today.
Mushroom lovers, take note: chanterelle mushrooms are now pushing through the forest floor in Southern Indiana, and Cathy Crosson, from Red Rosa Farm, is busy collecting them for you. Chanterelles are the kind of food that brings a faraway look to the eyes of people talking about them. If you like mushrooms, these are not to be missed!
Farm-Fresh Food: Your Own Dried Fruits
One of the things we like to do with the bounty of summer and fall fruits is dry them. Next month we'll be talking about how to stock up on fall fruits at the farmers market, but this month wanted to show how simple it is to dry your own stonefruit. Recipe...