Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Big Box of Veggies: CSA Through Copper Guinea Farms

[caption id="attachment_303" align="alignleft" width="175" caption="Turnips (white) and radishes (red). We grew radishes, but were all out by the time we got our CSA box."][/caption]

A little over a month ago I put up a quick post about our gardens. They’re doing quite well: we’ve harvested all the lettuce and have one more round of arugula to pick; we’ve planted tomatoes (five kinds), zucchini, peppers, herbs, two kinds of cucumbers (and we have 20 finger-sized cucumbers on the vine right now) and more herbs than we know what to do with. Even with all of our planting we don’t seem to have enough vegetables in the summer and it’s always one more trip to Harris Teeter for produce.

No more.

This year we are participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with Copper Guinea Farms, a family farm in Atkinson, North Carolina, about an hour inland from Wilmington.

If you’re not familiar with CSA programs, they’re kind of like your local farmers’ market in a box. Through the Local Harvest website (or by word of mouth or through your county’s agriculture extension agent) you’ll get a list of participating local farms. These farms sell a share of their crops directly to you. Find one you like, sign up and pay. Every week (I suppose some are every-other week, although Copper Guinea is weekly) they will deliver a box or bag of produce to a location where you will pick it up.

[caption id="attachment_301" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Our first CSA Box from Copper Guinea Farms."][/caption]

So far (this is our third week of the CSA program) we love it. We split our box with friends and both families have found more than enough produce and we love the price. The box includes seasonal veggies, but Copper Guinea offers weekly extras for an additional charge. They’ve had organic bread, locally-harvested pecans, honey, salad dressing, eggs (we get the eggs), pork chops and a few other things.

What we’ve gotten: eggs (one dozen a week), rosemary sprigs, fresh cilantro, a loaf of the organic Honey Whole Wheat bread, pea shoot tendrils, strawberries, turnips, radishes, Swiss chard, spring onions, zucchini, squash, sugar snap peas, a mixture of lettuce (Jericho, Sweet Valentine and Drunken Woman).

Anyway, on the pictures of our bounty.

[caption id="attachment_302" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Snow or Sugar Snap Pea shoots are delicious sauteed on a salad or as a side. Who knew? We did after eating at Catch."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_304" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Growing up we had chickens that laid brown eggs. Now I get them from Copper Guinea."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_306" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="CSA box week 2. I tried to fancy it up for the picture."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_307" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="This box had, among other things, some early squash and sugar snap peas."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_308" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Strawberries (red and green), onionberries (white and green) and chickenberries (brown and egg shaped)."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_309" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="I love the stripey squash."][/caption]


  1. Thank you for the positive feed back! I LOVE your kitchen!

  2. Great looking box from your CSA. I'll look forward to a future post where you show us what you made with it - and I've never had pea shoots...

  3. Wow! A very nice setting for all those veggies. Thank you for the pictures and the wonderful blog... It feels so good to see all of Molly's dreams start to come true. thanks again.

  4. Love it! We just placed our first order with our local CSA equivalent here in West Virginia. Thanks!

  5. Tammy,
    I'll be posting some recipes soon, maybe even tonight.

  6. Jamie,

    I think it's great that you guys found a CSA type program in West Virginia. Let us know how it works out for you.