By Laurel Blomquist | Last week was the first week we gave vegetables to our CSA members. Everyone on the team was excited to finally be doing what we had set out to do way back in February.
CSA Members were excited too. Their faces were all smiles as they entered the Packing Shed and saw what we had laid out for them this week. Earlier in the year, I had indicated that perhaps the first share of the year might be somewhat small, since many vegetables that we can grow at this time of year tend to be on the lighter side. Boy, was that a miscalculation! Most of the CSA members had trouble carrying all the produce we gave them, despite the large bag we provide. Luckily, many folks brought other bags and family members with them to help carry the bounty.
At the end of the pickup tables, I set up a kitchen demo. During the first hour of pickup, I demonstrated a very simple kohlrabi soup garnished with kale chips. The second hour, I made a classic vinaigrette dressing and a salad to go with it. Members stopped by to chat, try the dishes, and watch my technique. Some even took notes! Most agreed that the dishes were simple enough to make at home, yet delicious enough for their families.
The next day, I congratulated the team on a successful pickup. Everyone had done their part, from harvesting, washing and packing to greeting, guiding and restocking. A few of the members emailed me with comments like, “What a great pick-up day yesterday! Your soup & salad were just wonderful & thank you for having samples for your clients,” and “We had so much fun today. The people are great!”
Everyone on the team had a great time and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season.