Wednesday, August 31, 2011

CSA Heaven

Today I picked up our first CSA share from Heritage Farm. Blissed out. As I drove up the dirt road past the pastures, past the farm stand, past the gardens and to the little red store I felt a huge sense of joy. Was this because I had a new lens and family in the van to watch over the kids? A little. Cam met me inside and showed me the ropes and the beautiful tomatoes I will be canning tomorrow. Giddy. Seriously, I was giddy. Camera out and bag in hand I didn't know what to do first. Pictures of those luscious tomatoes left for me to weigh and purchase. Lucky me! 

On her way out she told me to grab a bouquet of fresh flowers, I almost started crying.

 When I came to the Heritage to collect my shares two years ago, I loved it. I appreciated it.

Honestly, I didn't, not the way I do now. After two summers of growing on my own, I have a tremendous amount of respect for what these hard working and talented people present us with each Tuesday. It is truly a gift. I gathered my share and then grabbed the handful of items from the fridge.

I stepped back outside and sighed a big heavy sigh as I looked out across the long rows of cabbage, lettuces, zinnias and more...and more. On the far side, I spied a gathering of sunflowers with their golden faces aglow and their feet busy with Nasturciums. Oh dear. Waterworks. I couldn't help it. I can't grow sunflowers. I have tried and tried. Seeds, seedlings, some starts did ok, but nothing like these magestic giants. Bees were doing their thing and the sunflowers just towered. I believe if there were to be royalty in the plant kingdom, the Queen would definitely be the Sunflower.

Here is this week's pick up list:

  • Bagged chard
  • Bagged mizuna
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers: slicing and pickling
  • Fennel
  • Flower Bouquet
  • Garlic
  • Herbs: basil, korean mint, summer savory, parsley
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Potatoes: blushing duchess and all red
  • Scarlet runner beans
  • String beans: yellow wax and royal burgundy
  • Summer squash: zucchini, eight ball zucchini, crook-neck and patty pan
  • Tomatoes: cherry, stupice and heirlooms
  • Turnips

Yes, this is for THIS WEEK. And you wonder why I feel like I am in heaven?

For dinner we BBQed local steaks, had crash potatoes and grilled carrots, zucchini, and crookneck squash. A big hit for everyone at the table.

Any suggestions for the rest of the week?


  1. Val, that is a beautiful sight! I am now missing all of our fresh vegetables since we are done with the spring garden. How about a lovely quiche with some of the vegetables? I like little new potatoes boiled with green beans and then seasoned lightly. I have always found that keeping it simple and letting the taste of the food come through is the best, but that's just me :) Enjoy.
    PS- the flowers are lovely!

  2. What beautiful fresh vegetables! Nothing really competes with freshness. Too bad there's not much of it around here.

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  3. it looks like heaven. i love that you've learned enough to understand just how devoted a farmer has to be to grow as they do. really beautiful post!


  4. Gosh, you are so right about really understanding what farmers go through after having a garden. I love my little garden, but as small as it is, it's A LOT of work!

    I can never grow sunflowers either!


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