The CSA Experience

The CSA Experience, originally posted June 11th, 2012 on Red Wagon’s Blog

Posted by: Maddie

As returning CSA members will recall (and new members are learning), being part of a CSA comes with many unique delights and challenges. As members of Red Wagon’s CSA, you receive produce at the peak of its freshness, flavor and nutrition. Your veggies are harvested the same day that you receive them, and most often the people who deliver them had a hand in growing and harvesting them as well! By being part of a CSA, you are supporting your local farmer and getting the very best of what we have to offer in exchange.

Some CSA boons and battles are one in the same. This week, for example, you may choose to take home scarlet turnips in your share. Maybe you’ve been eating scarlet turnips for years, or maybe you’ve never even heard of them. Trying new things can be daunting at first, but I hope you’ll find that the rewards outweigh the challenges. You might just learn that your kids LOVE curly green kale chips, or that Mo’s turnip slaw is your new favorite dish to bring to summer potlucks.

One of my favorite quotes is as follows: “Blessed are the flexible, for they do not get bent out of shape.” One requirement for being part of a CSA is flexibility. As an example, last week we tried very hard to bring you Easter Egg radishes. This was a challenge for several reasons and we were able to harvest only a small amount for pick-up on Monday and Tuesday. Because of the warm spring weather, one planting of radishes began to bolt (or flower) sooner than expected. At the same time, most of the radishes in the later planting were still too small to harvest. I realize that many of you who may have wanted them did not get a choice of radishes, and Thursday’s pick-up did not include radishes at all, but baby carrots instead. We try hard to predict what we will have to offer each week. However, a large part of the CSA experience is eating what is available when it is available and understanding that those of us on the farm often can’t know how things will work out.

That said, we at Red Wagon appreciate the support of our CSA members immensely. We hope you know that the quality of your experience is our top priority and we could not do it without you! Thank you again for being a part of our CSA and I will see everyone at pick-up!


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