This morning I woke up to a dark bedroom, hazy and gray with no light forcing its way between blinds and through curtains. Rationally, I thought it was 3 am and I still had hours of sleep ahead of me. A quick glance at my phone told me a different story; slumber was over and it was time to face the day. Looking outside, I saw a steely slate sky and the misty drizzle of cold rain. Seeing as “day” decided to skip out on the world, I thought I should do the same and curl back up under the covers.
But I took the more noble route and reluctantly got in the shower, dressed, and headed for work.
That’s when I discovered something good about winter. All my local Delawareans out there will be happy to know that Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative is offering a WINTER CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which means 12 weeks of fresh, Lancaster County grown produce in the middle of winter.
I might be grasping at straws here, but the thought of fresh, organic winter vegetables grown by mostly Amish farmers melted my tiny winterized heart.
Here’s the facts about this CSA:
- Cost is $250 for 5-8 items of fresh produce per week
- Pick up locations are at Home Grown Cafe in Newark, Harvest Market in Hockessin, or Boyd’s Flowers in Wilmington
- “Add-ons” are available, including cheese, bread, eggs, meat, canned goods, and even tofu
- Online ordering is easy at lancasterfarmfresh.com. They even have payment options, so you don’t have to pay the entire $250 up front
Lancaster Farm Fresh’s summer CSA is AMAZING. Here’s a picture to prove it.
I can imagine the winter share is just as breathtaking with all those lovely root vegetables I adore roasting or adding to soups. It’s nice to know that even in winter when local choices are limited and grocery store produce is shipped and tortured just to get it on the shelf, I can count on area farmers to provide a superior alternative. I like to know how my food arrived on my plate. Reminds me of a Michael Pollan quote: “At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind.”
The deadline to order is tomorrow, January 17, by 2 pm.
Foreboding clouds and miserable rain be damned; winter is looking up!