Hello Arcadia Farms Members and Friends!
The weather these past two weeks has been very kind to Arcadia Farms! Things are growing well and I’ve included some pictures at the end of this message to give you a glimpse into what’s happening in the garden. If you are interested in visiting the farm to take a first-hand look at how the CSA operates, please email or call to setup an appointment.
Based on the maturity of our crops and member feedback to an earlier email, our new pick-up and delivery days will be:
- Delivery – Mondays (starting Monday, May 28)
- Pick-Up – Tuesdays (starting Tuesday, May 29)
Your first week’s bag will certainly include kale, spinach, radishes and a variety of lettuce – four crops that are known for spring harvests. Though these veggies are delicious, they certainly don’t take up as much room as a bag full of cucumbers and eggplants. Please keep in mind as you open your first week’s bag that eating vegetables in season means that the volume gets larger as the weather gets warmer. This expectation is summarized well in an excerpt from the Illinois Farm Direct Project:
“‘In season’ is what CSAs are all about. The grocery store knows no seasons. It is disconnected from Nature and so are the people who must shop there. Sure, you can buy tomatoes in January-but who wants to eat cardboard tomatoes? That sorry tomato was picked green 2000 miles away and weeks ago, then blasted with ethylene gas to make it turn red just before it landed in the produce section of your store. What we have gained in convenience, we have lost in flavor, freshness, nutritional value, and human connection-to each other and to the land.
When you subscribe to a CSA, however, you remake all those connections.
Of course, you’ll never get tomatoes in May. In May, your vegetable CSA share will be full of luscious lettuce, spinach, and other spring delights. When August comes, then you will experience an explosion of true tomato flavor with your first bite of a juicy, just-picked, sun-ripened tomato- proving once again that some things are worth waiting for!”
An in-season diet is new to me too. I’ve been accustomed to years of buying tomatoes in January. Because of this, I was eager to be able to provide you with slightly-sooner-than-usual delights like May zucchini and green beans. But as I continue farming with a commitment to natural, organic methods, I continue to discover that you can’t rush nature. As I watch the peas – which I planted nearly two months ago – come up now because the conditions are just right, I remember that I don’t want to rush. The best things are worth waiting for.
Here’s to the start of a great season for the Arcadia Farms Community!