If you were a member of Hesperides Organica CSA in the early years and didn't rejoin, you might want to try us again. We've come a long way, baby! Last year was our best. (Lots of broccoli and cauliflower). We think this year will be even better (knock-knock on weeds). It hasn't been easy. I wish I could write a book (and cash out! But where would I go? What would I do? I love these vegetables. And the CSA. I truly do!) about the early years of growing vegetables for a CSA. But I've decided to block them out. The early years that is. It was painful. And humbling. I'm humbled. To the root.
Now, I am looking forward. Yes, forward. To another season. To a lot more seasons. Too a lot more members. Too a lot more veggies. Too a lot more roots. I just love them. (Seasons, members, veggies, roots and all). I am rooted. Here for you. Rooting. For you and me too. And vegetables.
One of the vegetables (and there were many) that I did not grow enough of was spaghetti squash. Now that I am gluten-free (well, mostly, I never say never to anything), spaghetti squash just happens to be a great substitute for that: spaghetti. Since I ran out (I still have plenty of butternut and Long Island Cheese), I bought a spaghetti squash from a regular grocery store (Price Chopper (and no, they don't chop prices) to be exact) (the squash happens to come from Big Chuy & Sons (who thinks of these names? Oh, yeah, Hesperides Organica, What was I thinking?) from Nogales, Arizona. At least it's the United States.
I didn't think much about it. The bill was $92.07. I felt lucky to leave the grocery store paying less than $100. It doesn't happen very often. And I did splurge for some scallops (shot with liquids to plump them up to pay more, whatever ...and Kind bars for my kids (I am kind aren't I?). And then I checked the receipt. $6.76 for the spaghetti squash. I was shocked. And I promptly put it on my table to return My husband just shook his head (how many fights can you fight?).
It's not the $6.76. We can afford it. It's the principle. Or is it the principal? (My schooling gets in the way of my freedom).
Food should be free (At least real food). Right after air (it still is, isn't it?) and water (we are now paying a lot for it. How many Poland Spring bottles did you buy last year? I bought a lot. Too many. Now I just fill my BPA-free bottle with reverse osmosis water (how crazy is that?). It still costs. A lot. But food should not.
I want our CSA to be a real community. Not us vs. them. But you and me. Not Poland Spring Waters. Or Whole Food veggies. But us. Just us. Eating and enjoying vegetables. (From some of the most awesome dirt in the United States). Getting along. Creating strong local communities. I'm happy with that. Are you?
Please join us for another season!
The 2014 CSA sign-up form is now posted on www.heseridesorganica.com