We promised ourselves that, if we couldn’t plant a garden this year, we would join a local CSA. And so it was that we asked questions and signed on with Sweetland Farm.

The season began three weeks ago and since then we have been treated to Arugula, Asparagus, Bok Choi, Hakurei turnips, Mesclun mix, Parsnips, Radishes, Ramps, Scallions, Tatsoi greens, and Turnip greens. In addition to the wonderful produce, we have been provided with share-appropriate recipes each week and have enjoyed Wild Ramp and Lemon Risotto, Sesame Ginger Tatsoi, and Miso Glazed Hakurei Turnips.

Sweetland is well organized, well run, and the folks there are hard-working, pleasant, and eager to please. Our experiment has been an unqualified success thus far and we eagerly anticipate a summer full of green things and other delights.

As an added bonus, the farm has arranged for a Yoga instructor to be present at share distribution to nourish both body and soul of CSA participants. Joanna has welcomed this opportunity. I prefer to wander the well-kept grounds with my camera. This past week I had a wonderful time investigating an antique Buckboard Wagon on a low hillside, just beyond the pigs. The wagon was weathered and made for a nice study of texture.



18 thoughts on “Sweetland

  1. Memorial U has a community garden. Plots are available via lottery and are located in a beautiful place. We even have some student assistants available. Alas my luck has not happened so far … but one supposes that my time will come 🙂

  2. We participate in CSA here (full share, every week, an extended season, 1st April through 1st Dec) – delicious! Love these two images: that blue (a cerulean blue, is it?) is among my favorite colors: it too is delicious. 🙂

    • Thanks for both comments this morning. As it happens, Joanna and I were talking just a bit ago about my motivation for keep up with the blog. I told her that I felt it was a bit indulgent (because I enjoy it so) and that perhaps I shouldn’t focus on it as much. She encouraged me to continue, even if no one appreciated it, as long as I derived pleasure from it. She said that she knew, however, that there were a few followers who had some genuine interest in what I was trying to say to do. Thank you both. Very much.

  3. I’d not heard of CSA’s – I don’t think we have anything like this in the UK – but what a fantastic idea. I clicked through to the Sweetland site and found it all very interesting. A great way to meet like minded people too.
    Your pictures, as usual, are stunning. I love how the weathered blue paint stands out.

    • Thanks Jenny. Because we aren’t raising our own food at the moment (a temporary situation, we hope) joining a CSA made perfect sense for us. And, you are correct. We feel very comfortable with the concept and with the folks who participate in making local agricultural endeavors sustainable, responsible, and profitable.

  4. I didn’t know that the Confederate States of America grew arugula and bok choy. (I may have been influenced by visiting the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield this morning.)

    What rich colors and textures in your first picture.

  5. I thought about joining a CSA, but there’s no way I could eat the amount of food I found most of them providing. Beyond that, the cost was pretty high, and many of the options aren’t foods I enjoy. I can eat much more cheaply by going to the farmer’s market once a week and visiting local picking farms when they have crops in season. Right now, it’s peaches, blackberries, and tomatoes — although our rain may finish some crops early.

    I especially like the photo of the wagon wheel. It reminds me of one of my all-time favorite songs, Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel.” He’s going to be town for Houston’s July 4 celebration, and there are a lot of happy people. I’d heard a rumor he was going to tour with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, but it seems not to be true. I’d travel just about anywhere to see this live.

  6. Your CSA is far superior to the one we belong to. But ours is very low priced through a local small college. We are able to buy a half share, with our neighbor who teaches at the college, and supplement our garden crop. Mary Beth would love the time with the Yoga instructor. I am sure I’d do the same as you.

    Nice wagon wheel. As a woodworker, I am more drawn to the close up and its greater sense of the joint and all the texture and scraps of peeling paint.

    • Although my ability to sit and concentrate on things has improved over the last year or so (take, as evidence, my ability to focus on a project which has resulted in digital scanning of more than 15,000 2×2 slides) I have tried Yoga and found it difficult to sit THAT still for THAT long.

  7. Can be a challenge to keep up with the bounty of a CSA box. Too much pressure! I would be with you on your walk. Yoga? Not for me! You do this wheel justice! Love the bits of remaining paint.

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