This past Wednesday was a great day: my husband's birthday (yay!), Earth Day and the first day of our CSA season!
I've been wanting to join a CSA for a few years now - and the philosophy and approach of Fair Shares, which is a combined CSA, was definitely appealing to me. I've been hesitant about the cost (paying up front) and the amount of food we might end up with for two people, which kept me from joining last year. Plus, they had a waiting list for membership last season.
But this year, I decided to get more serious about eating locally and seasonally - so I joined the Fair Shares waiting list and found out about month later that I had a spot. Shortly after that, someone offered to split our share - we'll be alternating weeks - which would save us money and alleviate my worries about dealing with too much produce. Success!
So, after work on Wednesday I went to pick up our first share. My group received the following:
Hinkebein Hills Chorizo
Herbs en Route Thyme
Ozark Forest Fresh Mushrooms
Wildcard Greens Choice X 2 (I selected Swiss chard and a lettuce mix)
Dry Dock Farm Lettuce Mix (lots of greens this week!)
Salume Beddu Mostarda (mostarda is like a lovely Italian chutney)
Heartland Fresh Chevre
River Hills Poultry Alliance Eggs
Marble Creek Maple Syrup
Black Bear Bakery Bagels (3 varieties, 2 of each)
Here's a picture I took of our share. If you go to my CSA Flickr set, I have notes on some of the pictures, identifying what's what:
Especially excited about those mushrooms. And the chorizo! And the mostarda sounds delicious! Well, let's be honest, I'm excited about it all! The bagels from Black Bear have been wonderful. I'm definitely looking forward to our bi-weekly shares.
We're hosting the Easter festivities at our house this year, so I've been trying to get things ready this week. I don't have any Easter-related decorations, and while I didn't want to go overboard and I didn't want anything too fussy or cutesy, I also wanted to have a few things that we could use again in the years to come.
I picked up this chick last night (heh.), and another similar, small bunny figurine (must take a picture) -- but that tall guy is pretty cute, too. Such a stoic, handsome little bunny, no? He's clearly very serious about his job. And those feet!
They're really pretty and delicate in person -- and covered in glitter, of course. Right now they're standing in the middle of our dining room table, but I'm hoping to make a little festive arrangement with them.
I don't have a picture of our entry, but here's one from the listing and we have a similar set-up, minus the chair. We also have a dark console table, and there's a round mirror hanging above it. I'll try to take some pictures soon:
They used a dark blue here, obviously, but I'm open to any and all recommendations. Thoughts? Suggestions?