Picking a farm share

Or in the case of my darling girlfriend and I, not picking one.

Not because we don’t want to, mind you. We both love veggies and would be happy to eat more of them. DG hates going grocery shopping but is un(willing|able) to let me do it for her, so having someone bring fresh greens to us every week strikes her fancy just fine.

The problem, as usual, is me. I feel less bad about this than I might otherwise since I’m also the prime motivation behind it. What’s motivating me is also what’s making it harder: I finished Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma over the holiday season.

If you’ve read it you likely know what’s bugging me: my goal here is to inject sustainably raised food into my diet and avoid stuff grown with fossil fuel fertilizers or flawed organic methods. I’m not ready to strap on my armor and get on my white horse about that as of yet, but I feel like I can just go shop at my convenience in traditional locations if that’s what I’m angling for.

So I put it out to you bunch: have any of you used any CSAs that you’d recommend? Wayan wrote about Clagett last year but they’re not a 100% strident sustainable bunch – they state “Our priority and focus is to provide excellent quality produce and customer service to every customer while helping to grow, support and encourage sustainable local agriculture. ” That’s great, but “helping to grow, support and encourage” isn’t strong enough for me to feel it’s worth it. Fresh and Local CSA or Olin-Fox Farms appeal to me but the pickup turns off my darling girlfriend. And in fairness, I just found them at random at LocalHarvest.org.

Any input, anyone?

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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