Last week was the first scheduled pick-up from our local farm. Although the farm is about 15 minutes from our house, I feel confident in calling it “our” farm because they have been wonderful about feeding all of us CSA members information about the farm, the crops, and what they do to make sure we get the best produce a farm can offer. They’ve introduced us to the family and staff at the farm, and I’m really beginning to feel like part of the family. In fact, I believe that’s what the original model of the CSA was built upon – investing in a small farm so that you could feel part of the entire experience. The planting, the growing, the weather variability, the harvests. And this farm is doing everything right so far. Members are rejoicing on Facebook in the goodies they found in their baskets and exchanging recipes for how to use this produce. If you didn’t realize what was being discussed, you would have thought the enthusiasm stemmed from something much more glamorous. Like holding the winning lottery ticket, betting on the Triple Crown winner, sharing photos of your family vacation to Tahiti. But no, all of this excitement is over vegetables and fruit.
In this week’s basket I found basil, green onions, snap peas, strawberries, radishes, chard, zucchini, salad and bok choy. A great assortment by anyone’s standards, especially for the first week. I remember CSAs from past years and the first month all I would receive was heads of lettuce. Not that I have a problem with heads of lettuce, but it can become tiring for the family to have nothing but lettuce. Now they can have a different vegetable to dislike every night. It helps to develop the vocabulary skills, an especially important area with Louisa taking the SATs next year. Yuk that chard is too bitter. Eww, the zucchini is bland. Bleh, I despise sugar snap peas. See? So many opportunities to practice for the verbal part of the exam.
So far we’ve had the strawberries, which were small but tasty. The salad which was hearty. And the chard which was fresh and good, even if it cooked down to small portions. The portions were so small that Louisa and Annie barely had enough bites to work up a complaint.
If this is the amount of produce in my basket each week I will be happy. There should be enough to take us through until the next pickup. However, my gut tells me that there will probably be some very generously filled baskets over the summer. Because they’re our farmers and they’re looking out for us.
In the middle of this bounty, I had another first. I taught my first group Zentangle® class on Saturday. I’ve taught a few one-on-one classes before this group of 12 and felt ready to take on a party. At the end of the class the group felt relaxed, and happy with the small works of art they each created.
You can see that while they were all similar since I led the class through the same four different tangle patterns, everyone interpreted them in their own way. I was very proud of my class and I think they felt proud of their accomplishment.