Today, author Christy Crutchfield shares some insider info on Farm Shares, veggies, and flower-picking.
You can’t go far in the Pioneer Valley without running into a reading, a mountain, or a farmers market. Five minutes from my apartment is Mountain View Farm, one of my favorite places to go in the summer and fall and my main source of food six months out of the year.
I thought I didn’t like tomatoes for decades. Then I had an heirloom tomato sandwich one hot summer. I learned why produce has a season, that I didn’t like tomatoes because I had eaten them in winter, picked before they were ripe and shipped from Mexico. My farm share teaches me seasons and patience. I have to wait for the best stuff and I have to try vegetables I’ve never bought or seen—kolhrabi and hakurei turnips are new favorites, it turns out I love Swiss chard and really love golden beets, and I cannot wait for garlic scapes to show up in the share every year. True, I’ll never be excited by the abundance of yellow squash, but I’m learning newways to prepare it.