Have You Hugged a Farmer Today?
June 16th, 2013
One of the reasons we opted to participate in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) this summer was my desire to connect more with our food producers. While I’m a far cry from being a true locavore, it’s undeniably cool to know the people who are growing (some of) your food.
Each week, we pick up our veggies from a designated drop point and I chat a bit with Scott the Farmer who manages our farm. He’s about my age, super laid back, and very friendly. I pepper him with questions about the veggies and what to do with them and he happily expands my knowledge of the vegetable kingdom.
This weekend, they (Farmer Scott and his interns) invited all CSA members out to the farm for an open house. Naturally, we went! Meg and her Scott joined my folks and me (and Willow, of course). I left the big kids at home with Josh because the farm is a bit far and I wasn’t sure how kid-friendly the event would be. Now that I’ve seen it, I’m making plans to bring the kids back.
“Our” farm is nestled at the end of a dead-end road in the middle of nowhere and is pretty much the closest thing to heaven that I’ve seen on earth. Gorgeous farm house – complete with geo-thermal heating and an outdoor wood-burning oven. Pond – which they pump to irrigate their crops and into which the gutters from the house drain. Excellent tree house with swings and slides and whatnot.
And acres of organic fruits and veggies.
Blueberries, sour cherries, kale, varieties of lettuce, chard, beets, radishes, carrots, tomatoes, squash, eggplants, dill, parsley, basil. We saw it all. And helped pick some of it! Meg and I munched blueberries right off the bush, warm from the sun. And the beets were really fun – they sort of peek out of the dirt when they’re ready to harvest and pull up easily.
After the tour, we gathered outside for home-baked pizza featuring some of the goodies we’d harvested. My favorite had roasted red peppers, goat cheese, salami, and kale. There was also a “beetza” featuring beets and goat cheese but that was a bit much for me. Dessert was mini-pizzas with freshly-picked sour cherries and blueberries atop pureed mango with almonds. Swoon.
The food was great and the vibe was awesome. I can’t wait to go back!