Today, we picked up our first CSA from the Tempel Farms Organics booth at the Logan Square Farmers Market. And what bounty it contained! Carrots, arugula, lettuces, overwintered honeycrisp apples, popping corn, spinach, green garlic, and mint. I can't wait to get cooking!
After months of touting the benefits of CSAs to friends and family, we realized we should follow our own advice and finally signed up for one. It is really such an extraordinary treat, having all these fresh, beautiful organic foods packed and ready for us when we arrive at the market.
The Logan market is short and sweet and to-the-point, coming as I am from Madison, Wisconsin, where the market covered every square inch of sidewalk surrounding the state capitol building. But it's succinct in a good way - there are a lot more opportunities to talk to vendors and farmers without having to fight your way to the front of the line, which in turn creates a smaller, more intimate community and the chance to really learn about the items you're receiving.
Chatting with one vendor from Geneva Lakes Produce, we were informed the strawberries we bought would be tart and the juicier, sweeter ones would be at the next few markets. And, having volunteered to set up the market last weekend, we've already run into recurring faces this time around, making the daunting city a little more welcoming.
What we've been able to create at the market, I've also been trying to replicate on a broader scale online. I've been thinking about the importance of having a community of like-minded folks to talk to about shared experiences and have been reading a lot, both in print and online. I thought I'd share some of the resources I liked best:
These are my picks right now, but there are honestly so many amazing resources out there, I've barely scratched the surface of top-quality homesteading sites. I will add to the list once I find more. Are there any sites or blogs you recommend?