It’s hard to believe our first CSA deliveries of the 2015 season are just 7 weeks away! We’re looking forward to all the special spring vegetables including overwintered spinach, wild-harvested ramps, tangy sorrel, asparagus, and sweet overwintered parsnips. Over the past 2 weeks we’ve enjoyed some sunny, beautiful days and welcomed warmer temperatures. Our small year-round crew has been busy trimming the willow hedgerows & washing the last of our winter storage crops. They’ve also worked very hard to get our first two greenhouses cleaned and sterilized. The houses are filling up quickly and it’s refreshing to see the vibrant, new green sprouts.
|Laurel & Andrea unpacking lemongrass & ginger|
|Summer Vegetable Box|
|Radish Seed Pods|
more familiar vegetables such as green beans, carrots, broccoli & tomatoes. We also find we have quite a few members who have been with us for 5 years or more and enjoy experimenting with new vegetables each year. The feedback we received from our recent survey indicates that the majority of members are happy with the variety of the box contents. There were some members who expressed that they would like to see some of the unusual crops we’ve grown previously included in shares again. We agree with you! Based on member feedback several years ago we felt like perhaps members were getting tired of some of our more unusual crops.
We were pleased to receive quite a few comments related to the greens we included in the boxes. Many of the members who commented on greens stated that they really enjoyed the variety. For many years Farmer Richard’s mantra has been…. “Eat your greens every day!” Perhaps his efforts have paid off! Some members expressed they’d like more salad mix, spinach and some of the heartier greens such as gold & rainbow chard and kale. Salad mix and spinach do best in the spring and fall, so their season of availability is a bit more limited. Other salad greens such as baby arugula, sauté mix and baby kale mix are more heat tolerant and have a longer season of availability. We will do our best to include more of these items throughout the season and try to strike a balance with the selection of greens.
One comment we heard frequently throughout the survey was “more recipes!” We will continue to tap into our creative culinary minds to come up with simple, tasty and interesting recipes to feature in our newsletters. Several members commented that they’d like to see more recipes shared by our members. So would we! If you have a recipe you’ve tried and found to be a hit with your family, please send it our way. We’d love to try it in our kitchen and share it with other members.
We continue to receive mixed feedback regarding the preferred size of the fruit share. In 2014 we reduce the size and price of the fruit share based on feedback we had been receiving from members that there was just too much fruit in the shares. Throughout the course of the season and in the survey results, some members expressed that they’d prefer to go back to the size of share we previously packed. On the flip side, we continue to receive comments from some members that the share is still too large. We did make the decision to continue with the same size share as last year, at least for the 2015 season. We’ll reassess the share size in the fall before we make our decisions for the 2016 season.
Thanks again to those of you who took the time to complete the survey. We also appreciate the feedback we receive throughout the season through our conversations with members and email communication. While we can’t accommodate every request or suggestion, we do value your input as to what is working as well as considering ways we might improve our CSA. We’re looking forward to a new growing season and hope you’ll join us for another year of good food!