First CSA Pickup!

At long last, the 2014 CSA season has begun! As I sit here typing this, work share members are already at the farm–harvesting greens for tomorrow’s shares. Last night’s brief showers have hydrated all the lettuces and greens beautifully! They will be harvested, and packed into the cooler, and on your table tomorrow night. I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait! Read on to learn about a few things that will hopefully make your CSA experience a more enjoyable one!

Each week, you will receive an email reminder from us the night before your pickup. We will give you an idea of what to expect in your share, plus any other updates you may need to know for that week.

We have added a few links to our website to help you get the most out of your shares. First, we have Storage Tips. This is a work in progress, and will be added to as we progress through the season. If you are still in doubt about something, please just ask. We want to make sure you get the most out of your shares. We also have a guide for pickup day. This can be confusing, especially if you are new. Even if you aren’t new, we have a listing of all the pickup days. And, though this is just a rough guide, we have a guide showing the crops you can expect this season, and when they should be ready to harvest.

Our main goal this year, other than growing delicious produce, is to help you use and enjoy your share. Seasonal eating can be a challenge if you aren’t used to it. We will be posting recipes here on our blog and adding interesting finds to our Pinterest board.

There is also a new service that you may be interested in, which is designed to help you get the most from your shares. Patricia Mulvey, the Fair Share CSA Coalition chef, and co-writer of Asparagus to Zucchini, is the creator of Localthyme.com, a CSA menu planning service. She is working to end “veggie guilt” one share box at a time by providing CSA members with a range of tools to put veggies on their plate, not in the compost. Membership includes:

  • the largest online searchable database of seasonal vegetable-centric recipes
  • a beautiful vegetable ID section
  • tips and tricks
  • support from the chefs
  • menu plan and shopping list generators or menus planned by Local Thyme chef

Membership starts as low as $20 a month. Here is a link to a free 1-month trial. Vollmecke Orchards is not currently a member, but this is something we are looking into as well. If anyone joins, we would love to hear your feedback!