CSA #4

We ended up taking part of last week’s box with us camping!! It made for some delicious and healthy camp meals!

This week’s box included:

  • Asparagus
  • Green Garlic
  • Parsnips
  • Red Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Salad Mix
  • Spinach
  • Pea Vines
  • Yukina Savoy
  • Baby white or crimson turnips
  • Potato Onions
  • Baby Bok Choi
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Our third week of vegetables has arrived!

CSA #3

  • Baby White Turnips
  • Salad Greens
  • Radishes
  • Salad Burnet
  • Chives
  • Green Garlic
  • Hon Tsai Tai
  • Parsnips
  • Spinach
  • Rhubarb
  • Arugula
CSA #2

Box 2 of Harmony Valley Farm contained:

  • Spinach
  • Salad Mix
  • Parsnips
  • Sunchokes
  • Sorrel
  • Nettles
  • Rhubarb
  • Chives
  • Red Radish
  • Hon Tsai Tai
  • Green Garlic
  • Garden Herb Pack
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It is hard to believe it is CSA time again. We kept the same arrangements as last year, splitting a Harmony Valley Farms CSA with our friends – the Deckers. In case you forgot, a CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. Harmony Valley describes it as:

It is sometimes described as a vegetable co-op, a weekly box delivery, a vegetable of the week club, or a produce subscription program, but we refer to it as Community Supported Agriculture, CSA.Families or individuals join our farm to receive weekly or bi-weekly deliveries of the fantastic organic produce we grow here at Harmony Valley Farm. Whatever is ripe and delicious for the week, goes into the box: washed, chilled and carefully packed. Then we deliver it to a neighborhood near you, if you live in or near Madison, Mazomanie,Viroqua and Onalaska or La Crosse, Wisconsin or The Twin Cities .The variety and quality – ask our members – is unmatched! We support the community with great, organic food and the community supports us!

Wikipedia:

Community-supported agriculture (in Canada Community Shared Agriculture) (CSA) is a socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. CSAs usually consist of a system of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit in a vegetable box scheme, sometimes including dairy products and meat.

CSA #1

Box 1 contained:

  • Ramps
  • Chives
  • Parsnips
  • Rhubarb
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Sunchokes
  • Sauté Mix
  • French Breakfast Radish
  • Red Russian Kale
  • Willow or Dogwood
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We’ve seen lots of surprises at our new home this spring. One such is this budding bush I snapped a picture of on March 31.

Buds of Spring

That now looks like this on May 4.

Lilac Bush

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I found this great article on front porches and community. It is excellent.  I’ve been passing it along to lots of people.  It is especially fresh in my mind as spring is starting to finally show up.  This past weekend I actually sat on the front porch (in a folding chair) and read for a bit.  Yes, 46 is a little chilly to be just sitting in the shade of the porch, but it felt nice.  I noticed some kids I hadn’t seen before and observed neighbors and guests wandering around.

This paragraph is a great summary and alone makes some great talking points:

This intermediary social nature of the porch is its strongest asset. The porch is a physical space that is both personal to its owner and hospitable to guests and strangers. It is a threshold of community: neither a place of anonymity, nor of complete intimacy. It is a place where new connections are wrought and old connections are strengthened. One can be invited onto a front porch even as a passerby; it provides opportunities for welcoming the stranger.

What are your thoughts on the front porch?  Why has most of our culture move to the back porch?

It also brings to mind the Alan Jackson song, “Where I Come From.”

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Hagar Cartoon

January 10th Hagar the Horrible Comic Strip – ArcaMax Publishing.

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