I love our co-op :) I love seeing it work -- seeing people network and learn from each other and benefit from just the simple concept of being part of a community. How about you, are you loving this?
Real quick, I wanted to share a link that Beth L. shared on the Facebook page the other day:
New Program Offers Farm Fresh Products Online
This seems like one that is worth keeping - I haven't even tried it out, but many of you can relate to wanting meat fresh from the farm instead of raised in industrial feed lots and tainted with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Finding pastured chickens, pigs and cows was part of the reason we formed this group, after all! It looks like this "Farm Stand" service from Penns Corner may be one more way to make that possible.
Don't forget about Rosary Acres in Ligonier, also. They offer tons of local items, all organic produce, teas, supplements, meats from regional farms, organic/licensed raw milk, everything in the Frankferd Farms catalog, etc., etc., and they deliver it all to your front door. Awesome.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
|Picture of a CSA Share from Who Cooks For You Farm|
It's been a while since we've posted, but with April almost here and our recent trip to the Farm to Table Conference, it's time to think Spring. And that means tons of farm-fresh produce, Farmers' Markets, CSA's and much more!
Last year, many of us participated in a CSA from Davis' Greenhouses in Cherry Tree. Would anyone want to be in charge of contacting the farmer again to see if it's available and what the cost will be? If you would like to be a point person for this, jump on in and let the rest of us know on Facebook!
At the Farm to Table conference last weekend, we met a young farmer and his wife who have a farm in New Bethlehem called Who Cooks For You Farm. They do not have a drop point in Indiana, but as of right now, we are in discussion with Chris to see if we can work out a way to get the CSA here. It may just work best for us all to take turns picking the boxes up at the farm. Doing that, we would also get a discount on the price of our share. Please check out the link to the CSA page to see if this is something you would like to participate in, and please join in the conversation on our Facebook page. (As a reference, for those of you who participated in Davis's Greenhouses CSA last year, the "half share" is the same size as the "small share" from this farm; large share is the same size as a full share.)
Personally, I was very impressed with this farmer. He was extremely knowledgeable and well-spoken, and said that they really like to stay connected to their customers. In the past, they have organized happy hours for their customers to come "ask them hard questions" and they encourage people to come visit the farm. They try to keep customers posted each week about what's coming in the boxes, along with recipes for using the produce. They were recently certified as "naturally grown" or "organic" (I can't remember which term was the official certification, but they use organic techniques.) You can read more about their philosophies and values here. The shares are more expensive than Davis's, but for people who are concerned about avoiding chemicals and having a real connection to the farmer, this CSA might be something to consider. But as I said before, this is my personal opinion!
Anyone who checks into Davis's or another CSA that is available to us (Penns Corner has a drop-off in Indiana also), please send the info and I will update this page. Thanks!