Veggie train is leaving the station -- all aboard!
This blog is all about seasonal recipes, great places to get new ideas, and a bit about the flavor (forgive the pun) of each farm. That’s this one. We’ll email you a link each week on Sunday mornings to let you know it’s up.
We write this blog mainly for our CSA subscribers/members, but anyone who lives in colder climates with similar seasonality to us in lil’ ol’ Missoula, Montana is welcome to join in the fun. It’s about how to cook and store food that is growing nearby, in your backyard, and in your CSA.
It is also about sharing information. If you have a recipe that floored you, or that you made up, PLEASE SHARE! We want to hear from you. Comment away. Or get in touch. I’ll put it in the following week’s posting!
The details for your first pickup
Bring a few bags to pack up your bounty. We don’t provide boxes (but don’t worry, at most farms we do have extra bags around if you need them.)
If you can’t pick up your CSA please ask your friend, neighbor, auntie, coworker, anyone you can think of to pick up your share for you. (You can repay the favor with some cucumbers…)
If you can’t find someone to help let us know at least 24 hours in advance (or the Friday before if you are a Monday pickup). We’ll be happy to reschedule you. If left at the end of the pickup, your fresh produce will be taken to the Missoula Food Bank or Poverello Center.
Greens are coming. . .
If you want to read up on greens — the bulk of what you will see in CSA shares these first few weeks — give this blog a gander.
Garden City Harvest has four farms in Missoula — The PEAS Farm, River Road, Orchard Gardens, and Youth Farm. Each farm has its own personality, some depend more on volunteers, some on students, some on teens learning the ins and outs of farming, running a farm stand, and basic job skills. They all grow food for agencies like the Missoula Food Bank, Poverello Center, and Youth Homes along with food for their CSA subscribers. The farmers provide a network of support for each other, from ordering seeds and rotating crops to creating a seed saving program for the farms. It is amazing what you can do with many hands. It does help the work load feel lighter.
Here are the faces of the people who head each of these beautiful, food-filled places:
PEAS Farm – Josh Slotnick
Orchard Gardens Neighborhood Farm – Dave Victor
River Road Neighborhood Farm – Greg Price (photo by Erick Greene)
Youth Farm – Cori Ash
Make sure to say hi to your farmer. We can’t wait to meet you, and see you for 18 weeks this summer. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year.