Farm Fresh, Baby!


Every Saturday during the summer, there is a farmers market in my town that starts at 7am and goes until sellout. I’ve always wanted to go and procure some fresh produce and just be all farmers-markety for awhile, but it seems I either a) sleep in and forget, or b) have something else that has to be done. I was looking for other farmers markets in my area when I came across a local food co-op where you order once a month from an online list and it gets delivered the third Thursday of the month. Imagine my shock and awe when I noticed the pick up site for my area is only a couple of miles from my house!! Yeehaw!!

I perused the site for the better part of the day, imagining all the wonderful local, organic, grass-fed, free range, handmade goodies I could get. I seriously thought so much about it that I DREAMED about it that night as well. The next morning, I filled out the member app and paid my (one time) fee and then I click, click, clicked away! I ordered a boatload of stuff – everything from chicken thighs to onions to handmade soap. It will be delivered to my pick up site on the 21st. I’m so excited! I mean really, it’s weird how excited I am about this.  I dreamed about it for Pete’s sake!! Of course buying organic is a little bit pricier but I think I’ll get more health-bang for my buck plus everything offered is made in Oklahoma – I like supporting my local farmers. Of course I have imaginings that my family will fall in love with the local fare and I will miraculously lose 50 pounds and we will become an eco-friendly, tree-hugging, granola-crunching family. The reality will probably be more like this: my kids will hate it, my husband will be unimpressed and I’ll gain another 10 pounds from eating the delicious oatmeal cinnamon swirl bread. Oh well, as long as my local farmers stay happy, I guess that’s good enough.  🙂

And thus concludes the food co-op fangirl portion of our blog post.

I did a zumbathon on Saturday that I was going to tell you about, but that deserves a post all its own.  It was an experience.

Anyone else have any experience with a food co-op? Is a CSA the same thing? Anyone else ever dream about organic fare? 


7 thoughts on “Farm Fresh, Baby!

  1. Being that I live in a tree-huggin’ granola-crunchin’ state, they’re EVERYWHERE out here. You know, you’d probably love the local fare (and faire) here, now that I think about it.

    On the farmers markets, they’re every week here, AND everyone tends to participate at some point (a group gets together with their excess veggies from the garden and sells it on saturday on a folding table to all their neighbors at the market, in addition to the regular farms and stuff there etc.) The co-ops are such that several actually turned into real grocery stores (you can shop there regardless, but if you pay to be a member it helps support the co-op which is ONLY local farmer’s stuff and organic fare, and you get the sales prices too.) Then there is the CSA.

    CSA, out here, sounds more like what you are doing. (See? We have so many of these things, we have varying degrees of it!) A Co-op generally is an actual store type of thing because they’re that successful, and a CSA is the thing you sign up for a portion of crops (although there is a crop-share program too, but I won’t get into that. Oh, and community gardens, for example at the elementary school the entire town – there is a school for every town, so this is in all the towns – is welcome to farm a row, everyone can share in the crops, and the school puts on a free harvest dinner in the fall using the extra crops and the kids cooking/serving it themselves.) Some of the bigger farms here, you can just sign up for a “share” and pick it up once a week or go and pick it yourselves as a family. That’s the CSA stuff. You can do everything from pick your share of flowers and food, to sheering a sheep for the wool, depending on what you’re after.

    CSAs are great, because they DO support the local farming community, and they work harder than ANYONE I know. They’ve pretty much been screwed over by the government and their monetary policies towards domestic agriculture, so not only does your food taste better and is healthier from your local area, but they’re better off that you took an interest too!

  2. This post made me smile and actually laugh when I got to the part about dreaming your family and husband loved it so much they got as excited as you. I don’t have kids, but I do actually dream about my husband one day saying he wants to eat totally healthy and organic and we’ll work together as a team (he’s really the better cook) to make that happen. I see us roaming farmer’s markets and healthy food markets looking for new and exciting things to prepare.

    In reality, he has excellent health stats, no weight issues and ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST in healthy eating in any way, shape or form. His eating habits are horrible and he has no interest in changing. Sometimes, I feel so incredibly alone in this!

    So yes, this post struck a chord with me. I always enjoy your posts!

  3. My neighbor has tried to get me interested in the co-op (? – we have to pick it up during a 1-2 hour window). I AM, but it’s just one more thing/appointment for me to remember. I do love the local apples and get them as often as I can.

    (btw, I don’t know why, but when I first read your post last night, I ended up with the song in my head, “Ice-Ice, Baby” but replaced it with “farm fresh baby.”)

  4. I did Csa one summer and it was not a good fit for us. We did the traditional Csa box where they fill, we did not select. Too many of some foods and not enough of others. Each summer since we have used a Friday night farmers market. It runs from 3-8pm so, for us, it is more convenient than early Saturday morning for all the reasons you listed. I think, in our area, there is a farmers market, somewhere, every day of the week, all at different times.

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