We weren’t all that impressed, which is unfortunate because I think this is a great idea. The experiment did get us to try new types of vegetables (mostly squash), some of which we liked. It was a good way to learn new recipes and broaden our horizons. But sadly the quality was inconsistent. Many times the apples looked like they’d been used as tennis balls, and some of the tomatoes and squashes molded or rotted after two days. This was an organic farm, so I expected our produce to look less than perfect, but pesticides aren’t what prevent bruising and rotting, so I”m not sure what was going on.
Do these look like healthy carrots to you?
The strange part was that their farm stand at the farmer’s market seemed to have much nicer stuff than what we were getting. We should have complained earlier, I guess, but we kept thinking it would get better. The bug-coated kale and rotten-on-the-inside nectarines were the last straw, though, and we had to say something. The underside of the kale leaves seemed sandy to me and so I tried to wash them off, only to discover that the “sand” was a layer of aphids. And not washing off easily, either. I was going to make kale and potato soup out of it but I got nauseated thinking about little green aphids swimming in the bowl. The guy at the stand the next week was kind enough to offer us a “refund” by letting us take stuff that would cancel out the value of the kale and nectarines, but still. We won’t use that farm again. Especially when they got all snotty with us when I posted a less-than-stellar review of their CSA on that website.
I want to try again with a different place next year but I’m nervous. We’ll see. Spring shares mean salad greens and berries, so maybe it’ll be worth it.