I am excited to share with you my first guest post! This post is part two of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) piece; the first post happened last summer and can be found here. CSA’s are continually becoming more popular as society is becoming more interested and engaged in supporting local businesses and healthy lifestyle changes. My guest has been growing a garden to some degree most of her life. As she reflects on the CSA experience and the benefits of gardening, she shares some of her memories, excitement and anticipation.
Introducing Deb! Thank you for your guest post.
“It’s Tuesday! I wonder what we will find in our box.” Every Tuesday from June through October we picked up our box (share) of veggies delivered right to Wahpeton, North Dakota, from Bluebird Gardens, Fergus Falls, Minnesota. What fun to see what “our farm” produced that week! Always fresh, tasty and pesticide –free—from kale to cucumbers, beets to bok choy, we could count on a colorful variety of veggies to enjoy that week. It was fun to look through the box and wash, dry and pack the goodies in the fridge awaiting a scrumptious and nutritious meal. My husband and I ate a lot more vegetables last summer because of our membership in this CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and we all know that is good for our cells!
Growing up on a farm I am used to planting, weeding and harvesting in the garden; helping my mother and then having my own garden when our children were small. I still garden—using square foot gardens—planting tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers. Not only do they taste better than store-bought, but a lot more economical. Since I work full-time it is hard to devote enough time to a large garden.
The CSA we belong to also offers “harvest coupons” along with weekly boxes—5 coupons for a single share and 10 for a family share. We used our coupons to pick green beans, kale, squash and cauliflower. We are really enjoying the bright orange squash from the freezer this winter.
As we write the check for next summer’s “veggie box” my mouth is watering in anticipation!