Farm last week, exploring the greenhouses and meeting the goats. (Yes,
Our Farm.) Ah, but you thought we lived in town?
It works like this: each year we buy a "share" in our favorite farm. In exchange for our
financial support our farm grows produce just for us. Beets. Chives.
Spinach. Kohlrabi. Watermelon. Strawberries. Celariac. The list goes
on. Each week (May through October) we get a box of amazing produce, grown just down the road
by Farmer Richard and his crew.
CSA farms exist around the country and around the world. We've been members of Harmony Valley Farm since we moved to the Viroqua in 2006. Our
previous CSA (WormFarm in Reedsburg, WI) was a special place for us as
well. Connections to the farm run deep. Sage grew up correcting us when
we'd sing Old MacDonald Had a Farm. "No, no," He would say. "It's Jay and Donna had a farm, E-I-E-I-O."
Our current CSA is exponentially
larger than "Jay and Donna's" farm, but both provided our family with a sense of community, knowledge of where our food comes from, and
connection to the land. We visit the farm several times a year and watch the fields transform from brown to green to a rainbow of produce. With Harmony Valley we get
huge boxes of produce, great varieties, and some seriously professional
organic farming techniques. This food is out of control and some of the best I have ever eaten.
bartered for our share, and we felt at home on the farm. We even took care of the animals while Jay and Donna were away. (Which was always an amazing experience for Sage – and for us… Except the time that their goat died. That sucked. You don't want your farmer's animals to dye on your watch. Trust me. Oh yeah, and the time that the sheep got out and scared Sage worse than I've ever seen him scared before and we hid in the greenhouse until he stopped crying. That wasn't so fun either. But really. It was usually amazing. Seriously.)