Have you ever heard of buying shares from a farmer? Basically, a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. You, the consumer, purchase a share and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. I’ve always wanted to try this so when a friend asked if we’d like to buy a share from a local organic farm, I jumped at the chance.
We picked up our first box from Borner Farm today and it felt like opening a present. The box was full of red-tipped lettuce, spinach, kale, chives, radishes, rhubarb, and strawberries, with a little sprig of clover on top.
We ate the lettuce tonight, and it was melt-in-your-mouth good. I’m hoping to make a rhubarb and strawberry crisp tomorrow night. I saw a recipe for baked kale that’s supposed to be reminiscent of potato chips—I just have to remember where I saw it. And we’ll give One Ordinary Day’s roasted radishes a try.
I’ve heard that kids are more willing to eat fruits and vegetables that they’ve helped grow. Right away, Lily asked if she could eat some of the strawberries, so I’m thinking that theory might be true!
Borner Farm is a lovely spot and I’m looking forward to picking up our boxes every week this summer and feeling inspired to try new things. And eating a little healthier, too.