Wednesday, April 28, 2010

the first share

Friday morning was crazy. It started very early. Something like 2:30 am, in fact. I was awakened by the dogs, who apparently saw a super scary bunny outside and had to let me know that they had HANDLED THE THREAT. It was rough after that. No one got much sleep, and we all grudgingly rolled out of bed in the dark of the early morning to start our day bleary-eyed and cranky. It was stormy and wet that morning, and while I normally could have stayed in bed awhile longer, I had to be up and out extra early. I had an appointment to keep - a new adventure, in fact. I hurriedly milked the goats, saddled up and hit the road with a stop in town for more coffee and a bear claw (big mistake - too early for that much sugar). I was traveling two towns over to pick up our very first CSA share.

This was a very exciting moment. I have been trying to find a CSA near me to join for probably five years now, with no luck. There just haven't been that many in this area, and they were always either prohibitively far away or the pickup was at a time that I had no hope of ever making (like during my work hours). I've tried year after year, always in vain, until now. I got a half share, with the intention of using it as a supplement to what we're already growing for ourselves, and I think that's going to work out perfectly. Even for a half share, it wound up being more than I expected to receive, and it looked beautiful.

I had a lovely chat with the woman in charge, and the drive to her farm from mine was really beautiful - rolling green, curving farm roads, big shady trees. As I drove home, the skies cleared and the sun cut through the sodden morning like a song. The first thing I saw upon pulling up to the house was our anxiously-awaited new ducklings, just hatched that morning while I was away.

It was going to be a good day.

Basket contents for 4/23/10: mixed lettuce, swiss chard, mustard greens, collards, peas, broccoli, radishes, salad burnet, chives, onions, leeks, arugula, cilantro, parsley, thyme, dill

Home production as of 4/23/10: onions, mixed lettuce, spinach, cress, radishes, eggs, milk, cheese


  1. did a csa look-up for my area and there was one close to my old job and I emailed them, but no response. Maybe it was a gift since I don't work there anymore, it wouldn't have been as convenient. I'll go back to the drawing board and see what's around.

  2. "parsley, thyme, dill"

    Poor, poor Paul Simon. Only he could be disappointed.

    Maybe by the witheringly hot summer, I will finally be in town enough to come worship at you guys' feet. If it hadn't entailed coming by already packed and leaving soon for a few hundred mile drive, I woulda made the 'open farm' gathering... It is truly -disturbing- how much time has gone by since I started following your very pleasant saga. I can only say I hope that your results mirror your engaging and wonderful writing. Can't wait for the beez update.

    I like bees.



  3. No worries, Rusty - we're always open. Come by anytime! Most people are afraid to come see us. They think they'll have to bite the head off a chicken, or deliver a baby or something.

    Thanks for following along!

  4. They're in Waxahachie. The drive through Maypearl to Waxahachie is really pretty.