UPDATE: It’s 2015, and we’re beginning our fifteenth summer with the Kretschmann Farm! We got a crate full of spinach, three kinds of lettuce, radishes, rhubarb, parsley, and multi-grain bread on Wednesday, and we’re bringing a big salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing to a cookout tonight! I cleaned up and updated this post for Real Food Friday. It looks as though the farm may be still accepting new subscribers at this point in the season….
Last summer, our next-door neighbors Abby & Franklin, also Kretschmann Farm subscribers, offered to pick up our crate when they get theirs. This was immensely helpful, as we had a newborn baby at the time and could barely remember which day was Wednesday! They’re doing it again this year–thanks, neighbors!!
Last summer also was the first time we didn’t split our share with another household. Our son Nicholas has gotten big enough to eat an adult-sized amount of vegetables, and we’ve gotten better at using and/or freezing things before they go bad. Still, there are some vegetables we just don’t like or don’t digest well–so we gave or traded them to Abby & Franklin, other neighbors, co-workers, or church friends. It worked out well.
Last week, my family began our tenth summer receiving a share in the Kretschmann Farm, an organic family farm just northeast of Pittsburgh that practices community-supported agriculture. It’s kind of like subscribing to a magazine, except that what we receive each week is a crate full of food. There are several CSA farms in the Pittsburgh metro area, but we chose Kretschmann because they deliver right to our neighborhood–we don’t have to drive anywhere on a hectic weeknight! Read more…