What’s In A Share?

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So, we’ve received a lot of questions about what to expect in your share if you join our CSA. “How much produce is it? will it be enough to feed my family of four? will it be too much for us if we are just a couple?” “Can we buy a half share?”

We are planning on distributing about two bags of produce each week. We don’t want to overwhelm anyone with more food than they think they can eat, but we also want you to receive the value that you’ve paid for!

After much consideration and discussion with other CSA farmers and shareholders, we decided to offer full shares this year, as well as a juicing add on which includes 3-4 additional bunches of greens every week. Of course, you are more than welcome to split your share with anyone as you see fit. In our experience, half shares can be tricky depending on what’s been harvested that morning- do we “halve” the content of a box- giving you a half of a bunch of greens, 2 potatoes instead of 4, 3 carrots instead of 6, etc. or do we take a “full share” and divide it’s contents by “value.” we’ve known farms that try and accommodate their members with both options and oftentimes people still end up unhappy with what they receive. since this is our first year running a CSA, we decided to keep our shares as is, and not overwhelm anyone with food that no one wants to waste.

However, being former share members ourselves, we know how much of a challenge it can be to transition into a CSA style way of eating. (what do i DO with kohlrabi!) Eating pre-chosen, in season food every week is delicious but ambitious! (why so much kale? WHYYYY??) And even if our best intention is to follow the USDA guide of filling half of our plates with vegetables at every meal, we are living a busy life of working full time and raising three kids, so we definitely try to prepare simple, family friendly meals every day.

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Our goal is to provide shareholders with a variety of recipes and ideas on how to do what we do- sometimes, make something fancy with your food! but more often, prepare your produce to be easily made and enjoyed by your family. We will have a weekly post on our recipe page that will list everything in your share and different ways to prepare it- both with links to recipes as well as some of our family favorites. eventually as we go along this season i hope to have a page that will list each vegetable as they come up with a picture and a link to specific recipes. we’d love it if you send along your favorite recipes as well!

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Another comment we’ve heard from interested people is “I’ve been in a CSA before! I didn’t even KNOW what half of the stuff was that I was getting!” and to that we always reply “we don’t grow anything we don’t eat!” and that’s the honest truth- when we started farming, it was a natural extension of what we had already been gardening for ourselves for years. we really only grow foods that we all enjoy eating. many of the crops we do grow are specialized varieties of foods you are already familiar with- oftentimes they are heirloom varieties or rarer versions of existing vegetables, like radishes or lettuces.

the following is a chart that details what we expect to be harvesting and when:
Lakestone Family Farm Expected Crops 2014 Season

hopefully this answers the question of what to expect in a share! keep the questions coming- we love to answer them!


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