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Mar. 25th, 2009 | 01:30 pm
posted by: teresa_c in csashares_wi

Hello, new member here. It doesn't look like an extremely active community, but I have hope! I'm very interested in eating locally, and am on the lookout for forums and discussion about it. I will be starting my third year as a member of Middlebury Hills CSA. My main reason for choosing them was that they offered a "quarter" share for $200 (I believe it's $225 now) and there are only two of us at home. I was uneasy about how well we would do getting the produce eaten.

I'm seriously considering going up to a half share next year and learning about ways to preserve the produce. It's really hard to eat locally during the winter, otherwise.

There are a few vegetables I like a steady supply of, and my CSA only delivers once or twice during the season. I've been trying to get onions, lettuce and tomatoes at the Farmers' Market, during the summer, but this year I think I'll grow my own tomatoes.

Anyway, I have lots more to say and would love to have people to say it with. Hi!
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maggie o

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from: porcupinetie
date: Mar. 25th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Welcome! Hopefully things will pick up with spring just around the corner.

We have a half share, and its a good amount for two of us. We thought about the quarter share from Middlebury Hills, but the pickups didn't work for us. I also plan on planting tomato plants to supplement the shares. I wasn't sure how much of what we would get, but I decided I can never have too many tomatoes. My sister also suggested growing strawberries and blueberries in containers.

The winter was a lull for me in eating locally, and I also am interested in learning more about preservation and canning. The winter's farmer's market has a lot, though.

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from: teresa_c
date: Mar. 25th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Have you seen those "Topsy Turvy" tomato growers they advertise on TV? It's a container method and it looks really interesting. I might try one of those.

I did go to the winter Farmers' Market now and then. Someone sold me a bag of "greens mix" called mesclun two weeks ago that was SO heavenly.

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janusnori

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from: janusnori
date: Mar. 25th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
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Hey! Welcome!

I'm sure this place will pick up when the CSAs start delivering the shares. I'm sharing a half share right now with a married friend of mine (so 3 of us for a half share) and I'm really really excited. It's my first year with a CSA so I'm getting excited/scared about everything that's going to arrive here in a couple months. I'm sure we'll be swapping recipes and everything once the food arrives.

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from: teresa_c
date: Mar. 25th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Hey, if everyone posted what was in their CSA delivery every week, we'd end up with a really good record of what's available from what farm through the season.

Two years ago my first ever delivery included rhubarb, strawberrries and asparagus, three things I ADORE. Got me off to a great start with the CSA concept. Yum.

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