Once a week, as members of Natural Roots, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, we get to take our cloth shopping bag and fill it with delicious, organic, fresh produce. There is nothing so delicious as eating crunchy salads, fresh beans or sliced tomatoes that were growing only mere hours before.
The farm season runs from the first of June through the end of October. I’m elated in June and you can guess how I feel at the end of October. It’s back to store bought and that doesn’t even come close to the delicious, fresh produce we enjoy all summer.
Anna and David run this horse-powered farm, along with two interns, and a smattering of volunteers. They work dawn to dusk, spring to fall, with a workload that would bury most of us. They own four Belgian workhorses, a quarter horse, pigs and a large flock of free range chickens. Their own meat and organic eggs are sold in the farm store, along with many locally produced items like bread, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, maple syrup, dressings, honey and seasonal fruit.
Pick-up time is also a community gathering time, with old and new friends chatting, catching up on the latest news, mothers holding babies and small children playing on the lawn or in the sandpile.
We’re offered free use of the farm during pick-up hours with a list of you-pick items that vary from fresh berries to green beans to sunflowers. David often has the a team of horses out working the fields and I always enjoy watching as they do their rounds. Last year, I got to ride atop the hay wagon on its way to the barn. I posted about their horse-powered hay-making here.
We are blessed to have this amazing farm right in our town and are so grateful to Anna, David and crew for providing us with this ample cornucopia of organic food.
Related article: Read a post about the community barn raising at Natural Roots.