Community Supported Agriculture

Nothing obscure or mysterious to say today, rather I’d like to tempt your tastes for something fresh.

English Peas, more than a peck of them, herbs and a bouquet-beaucoup of gnarly, green garlic tops – quite a haul to say nothing of two quarts of freshly picked strawberries– Seeing what was going into our “Wayward Seed Farm” canvas bag with its corn ears stencilled in pale green across its front, we were as excited as kids at our birthday party to see what we were getting.

Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) ‘share’ of vegetables from Jamie and Adam was easy for us to pick up at the Farm’s location on Fladt Road, just a few miles from our house and its fallow garden. A CSA subscription means that we pay a seasonal fee to these young farmers and in return we get enough garden goodies to feed us from early June to early November. With our first ‘market bag’ as a prediction of our future green bounty, we are going to eat well for the next six months. The bonus is that we get to keep the canvas bag!

We decided not to plant our own garden this year, except for a small kitchen herb patch, so we can have more time for travel and other-than-garden landscaping. It looks like we will not be sorry that we did not get out the roto-tiller.

As CSA Shareholders in Wayward Seed Farm’s production, we also participate in the Farm’s risk. Bad weather can mean a change of expectations and perhaps some disappointment. But our first share did not disappoint despite the soggy start this central Ohio farm has had this spring. That’s because Jamie included the two quarts of strawberries in our bag even though we didn’t invest in a ‘fruit share.’ Those were already sold-out when we subscribed in May.

You can learn more about Wayward Seed Farm at http://waywardseed.com/ and I’ll keep you posted on our satisfaction.

“Mikamy Meadows Farm” is located just over the eastern Logan county line, not far from the Honda production complex. Amy and Mike have a great flock of heritage Buckeye Chickens that provide the most delicious golden-orange-yolk eggs any bunch of free-range, organic-fed hens are capable of laying. Amy is getting good at candling her light brown oval treasures but will replace any fertile one she missed when you return and tell her what you discovered when you broke the egg into the cup before stirring it into the mixing bowl.

Her garden isn’t in full production yet and she isn’t prepared to offer CSA Shares, but Amy also has some great herbs and she makes the most luxurious soap with unadulterated shea butter that she imports from African villages. Lavender buds from her garden make one of her bars most irresistible. But with the variety of aroma choices she offers, it is difficult to keep your selection limited to just one kind.

Check out Mikamy Meadows Farm at http://www.mikamymeadows.com/mikamy2/meadows/index.html.

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