…Until the CSA season begins! I can’t wait!
Last night was our pre-season informational meeting and it did a lot to get me pretty excited for the season. Our pick-up day this year is Tuesday so I am going to have to alter my no-fail-how-to-handle-all-of-my-CSA-veggies routine for this year. Last year’s day was Thursday so I would leave work, pick up the box, bring it home, unpack and assess, and sit down and do my menu planning/grocery list developing for the coming week. On Friday evening, Gist and I would go out to dinner and do our shopping. Most of the “heavy-lifting” cooking and prep would be done over the weekend.
This year, I have offered to volunteer at the site on pick-up day to answer any questions and help out with the pick-your-own garden and Tuesday is also knitting/pot-luck night so the routine is going to have to change. I’m thinking that while I am at the site, I can assess the week’s haul and, if the talk of getting wi-fi access at the farm actually happens, do my menu planning and grocery list developing there. I think I’ll bring my cooler and ice packs with me, so my produce will stay fresh while I’m there and while I’m knitting/potlucking. Since I’m not working, I can go to the grocery store on Wednesday morning. I think it’ll work.
After the CSA meeting, Gist and I were lucky enough to get a tour of the fields. (Yes, I tramped around farm fields in my busted foot boot and a ballet flat. No, I am not too bright.) It’s so nice to see plants in the ground, producing food that will soon be in our bellies. We got to meet two of the farmers, both women (unfortunately I’ve forgotten both of their names), one a new graduate of the NESFP training program and one who graduated a few years ago. The new graduate is growing leeks, beets and kale for the CSA and the not-so-new graduate has expanded her production past the CSA and will be selling her crops at farmers’ markets and a local farm stand. I was especially intrigued by the fact that she was planting black beans. I’ve never had anything but dried or canned black beans and we had a nice conversation about how to use fresh beans – it ended with her promising to sell me beans when they’re ready. I can’t wait!
While we were walking through the fields, Gist and I started talking about the training program. She couldn’t believe I hadn’t taken any of the classes and I remarked that I have often thought about it these past few months but didn’t think that she’d be down with the idea of her partner throwing her hat into the not-so-lucrative farming bin. She said “Well, the intro course is free, you may as well try it.” and that’s exactly what I’m thinking of doing. I let Matthew, the coordinator, know that I’m interested so we’ll see what happens.
I foresee one of two things happening 1. I take the class and think “Hey, this is something I’d really love to do” and I’ll continue with the program or 2. (and this is probably more likely) I’ll think “Wow! That’s intense and I don’t know if it’s for me.” and I’ll go along on my merry way. Either way I think I’ll get something out of the class.
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend planned. Gist is heading out to Brooklyn for a girl’s weekend with her friend E and a visit to Renegade Brooklyn. I am just a smidge jealous but will be having an awesome time here in Lowell – Nance is coming up for her first visit to WAS Open Studios. Happy Friday y’all!