We've joined the Fort Hill Farm CSA (community sponsored agriculture) program this year, and I wanted to post a review of the first 6 weeks.
If you are not familiar with the program, it provides you with a share of the output of a farm in New Milford, CT. They deliver boxes of produce weekly to a central drop off point (ours is in New Canaan). The farm is small, organic and family-owned. I think a share was about $600 for the season (but I paid it a while back and am not 100% sure). The farm's website is below:
We get a crate of mixed produce each week. I was expecting it to start slowly, given the cool, wet weather, but was surprised at the amounts from the start.
It's a little hard to sort out if the food just tastes better because it is better, or if we are influenced by the idea of it, but we've been blown away by the quality and variety. As far as I can remember, we've gotten the following so far:
** 4 varieties of lettuce
** 2 varieties of spinach (or maybe just one kind but in baby and grown-up forms)
** Garlic scapes (big sprouts, basically)
** Salad turnips
** Baby bok choy
** Broccoli (in a couple of forms)
** Swiss chard
** 2 varieties of peas
The most interesting part of it for us is seeing what shows up every week in the crate, and then figuring what to do with it. Our kids are very much into it.
Some of the produce has been a revelation: the salad turnips were small, creamy, slightly sweet and with a mustard taste. We ate them raw, with no dressing. The beets were small and amazingly intense, unlike any I've ever had (ate them in a salad with gorgonzola and walnuts). The spinach and bok choy were also excellent. The strawberries were also much more flavorful than usual. We at the kohlrabi sliced thin in a mustard sauce (like the french bistro recipe for celeriac), and it was amazing.
For the most part, the rest of the produce (includeing the leafy greens and peas) have been about the same quality as you'd get in a good store, but have a snap to them.
I'll keep posting as the season continues.