Our first time in a CSA
By: Kim Smith (Aug 22, 2011)
We signed up for the first time this year (2011) and are so glad we did. We're not even halfway through the season and we've already eaten vegetables we'd barely ever seen before (kohlrabi, anyone?).
We've been getting lots of summer squash and zucchini so far, and wonderful bunches of healthy lettuces. The sweet corn this past week was TO DIE FOR, and the tomatoes we got a couple weeks ago were so delicious we just ate them sliced with salt and pepper. We got some adorable little potatoes recently, and some beautiful purple sweet peppers too. The only thing that wasn't great quality so far was the broccoli (but that's ok because broccoli is "icky" anyway!).
Michelle sends us a weekly email telling us what to expect in our shares, and giving us links to a variety of recipes to help us figure out what to do with our produce. I really enjoy hearing news from the farm too -- what's getting near to ripening, what impact the weather is having on our food, etc. And most of all I'm comforted to know that there are no chemicals being used on our food or the land. I'm getting a great sense of satisfaction from eating food that's grown in our local area. Highly recommended.
Comments on this Review:
Kim Smith says: (Nov 9, 2011)
I need to update my review of Maple Creek. This CSA suddenly stopped deliveries in mid-October, citing personal issues. Although I'm sorry for what sounds like a pending divorce between the farmers, I can't help but be annoyed at how this was handled. I guess we gambled and lost this time. Not sure I'll sign up for another CSA after this experience.
Carol Neumann says: (Nov 17, 2011)
You really shouldn't give up on CSA farming. I also got screwed by Maple Creek this year, which just happened to be my first year with a CSA farm. I refuse to believe that Maple Creeks unprofessional actions speak for the community as a whole. IMO, CSA farms are the best thing going today in regards to being able to buy quality, fresh food and I hope the CSA scene will continue to grow in size in the coming years. If you allow Maple Creeks actions to sway you from this path.....well, that would be far worse than losing a little bit of money on a bad seed. Stay the path and I am betting we will both be much happier this time next year.