We moved to the farm to teach our kids about sustainability, where their food comes from and how simplifying life is important, especially in our fast paced society. Someday we hope to merge this experience into re-creating ourselves and what we do for a living. Last year we took a few friends on as "guinea pigs" and began to experiment with making our own mini CSA farm baskets. We had some amazing eager friends and as the season went on, we had a waiting list for the future. It was a great experience and we learned a ton. One of our challenges was trying to get everything out and delivered in the crazy heat we had last summer, and me scrambling to make each box special in some way while working and shuttling the kids. Oh, and we so need to buy another refrigerator to put all of the farm box produce in!
Now, we're spending our cold weather time trying to brainstorm how to improve upon our initial efforts and expand to touch more families. As I look through catalogs and previous years' history, I am struck with a sense of excitement and anxiety at the same time. Our seasons can be so unpredictable. Last year was beautiful and extra warm which led to a longer season and amazing produce. But in our area of the North, it isn't unusual to need a sweater in July (not great for tomato or pepper growth)! I feel a tremendous responsibility to those who sign on for the season and since I know that I can't control the weather, I'm trying to come up ideas to make each box special. This week I started making cards with produce tips and recipes to include and am getting them printed and set aside now.
I need your help....do any of you receive weekly farm boxes? What makes them special?