Our first CSA delivery… fresh veggies (almost) to your front door
We picked up our first CSA delivery from Eagle Creek Farms and met Farmer John, a 30-something year old who looks more like he’s come off the beach from surfing than out of the fields from a harvest. Relaxed, happy to meet all of his share families and introduce himself, it’s a pretty neat experience to meet the person responsible for the dinner you’ll have that night!
Our half share included garlic scapes, new potatoes, mixed salad greens, radishes, a potted plant and a bouquet of wildflowers. We’ve been a week delayed due to the slow start to this year’s growing season, but we’ll be getting deliveries all the way in to October now. As all of the Thursday afternoon share families pulled up, I jumped off of my bike to pick up our weekly bounty. I’m particularly excited about the fresh flowers that are included with every week’s share, it’s going to be a really nice addition to have fresh flowers in the house – an indulgence we haven’t generally had at our table before.
The potted plant was a nice surprise as well – we picked up a hot pepper plant out of a selection of sorrow, calendula, nasturtiums and a couple other items. We’ll see how the pepper does in our raised bed – it’s a bit of a luxury item!
To give a tally of how we think we’re doing financially by investing in this share, we both gave our guesses at how much we’d be spending in an organic grocery store or farmer’s market in Calgary to come home with the same amount of veggies. (Yes, this will likely seem more expensive than what you might spend at a large box store, but I want to make sure we’re comparing like to like on a quality basis). While this metric doesn’t capture some of the best things about being involved with a CSA, I think it might be an important one if you’ve been mulling over the idea of trying a share, but aren’t sure about the initial costs.
Bag of mixed greens (enough for 6 – 8 salads): $7
Bag of garlic scapes (the new “it” food of 2012): $4
Bag of new potatoes: $7
Bunch of radishes: $4
Potted plant: $3
Bouquet of wildflowers: $4
Total for Week 1: $29
We can’t wait for what’s in store for next week!