Last Friday, a week ago today, I got my first batch ever of CSA goodies. If you haven’t heard of it, it stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s you buying food from your local farmer. I love the idea. But it took me a while to figure out who to go with. I used the website www.localharvest.org to find CSAs near me. I found several to choose from. But I wanted something close and organic. And there was one. Exactly one. So I contacted the farmer/gardener and was bummed to find out that I couldn’t be added to his CSA customers/route at the time:(
So I kept looking into it, looking for other farmers to choose from. I never settled on which one to pick.
Time went by.
A friend and I attended a free gardening lecture at one of our local nurseries. Another person attended the same lecture. The same famer guy that I had called to buy veggies from:)
More time went by.
I attended another lecture, this time at another local nursery, given by this same farmer guy himself. I took tons of notes and asked questions and bought the broccoli he recommended. I also bought the Rock Phosphate that he suggested putting in the soil under your tomato transplants. After the lecture, I asked him about our homeschool group coming to visit his farm/garden. He said, “What is your objective?” Ummm, for someone besides me to show my kids the importance of gardening?” Well, apparently he thought that was good enough. Whew! So we went to the farm a month or so later and had a fabulous time. He was great with the kids and let them munch on some of his abundant harvest. And of course at the end of the trip I had to ask again. “Is there any chance of me being able to get on your CSA route?” After much discussion and an email with my address to see if I was close enough for delivery, he said YES! Yay! I was so excited.
So. After about 2 years, I received my first batch of local, organic of goodies from his CSA.
Take a look at this supernatural goodness. It’s purty:)
PS: I got my second CSA bag today. While he was here I showed him my little garden. He said my tomato plants are bigger than his. Guess that Rock Phosphate worked pretty good:)