Questions to ask yourself when considering a Harvest Share
Questions to ask yourself when considering a Harvest Share:
1. Do you like vegetables? You are going to get a ½ to ¾ bushel box of vegetables each week. If you like your veggies, then great!
2. Do you like to cook vegetables? Salad ingredients are a cool season crop and generally only show up in your box early and late in the season. We grow a lot of cooking vegetables such as greens, potatoes, beans, okra, and beets. If you like to prepare meals at home, you'll appreciate the variety and freshness of the cooking vegetables in your share.
3. Do you like surprises? Many members say that the highlight of their week is finding out what’s in their harvest share. We always try to include a balanced representation of the seasonal produce we are harvesting (you won't be surprised by a bushel of okra some week!) But satisfied harvest share members usually "go with the flow" and plan their meals around what is in the box, rather than requiring specific ingredients.
4. Do you like to try new vegetables? We like to try to keep it interesting by adding an “adventure” vegetable or two (vegetables that aren’t widely known or used in this country). Some of those adventure vegetables have turned into staples in our kitchen (see radicchio)! We always include recipes and suggestions in our newsletter to get folks started with any unusual vegetables. Many members report appreciating this expansion of their vegetable horizon!
5. Would you like to feel a little closer to nature's cycles? CSA members experience the seasonal flow of the harvest; lettuce in May, tomatoes in July, peppers in August, etc. Depending on the weather, some crops will ebb, others may abound. Your share box will reflect the season, the weather, and your farmer's "best shot" at handling the unexpected challenges that inevitably occur during the growing season.
6. Would you like to support local agriculture? The Harvest Share model helps the farmer by providing material support early in the growing season when there are many expenses but little income. Membership also represents a vote of confidence for the farmer and strengthens local agriculture through the increased awareness that members gain. Harvest Share members form a community of support that encourages and stimulates local growers to learn and improve. Would you like to be part of this community of support?
Is this you? Great! Sign up here.
Thanks to Frog Holler Farm in Brooklyn, MI for these questions!