Last year was the first time I ever participated in a farm share. I had always loved the concept but they were never convenient and I was intimidated by thoughts of an avalanche of kale or celery root. Happily, Black Creek Farm is within biking distance of my house. It's organic and environmental-lawyer-turned-farmer Bernard Melewski is sensitive to our need for a diverse food basket.
He also offers the chance to work off a portion of the seasonal cost of $400 for a full basket. I embraced the opportunity so I could learn more about growing my own produce -- and for a chance to see how it all works. My first workday I brought along a friend and we weeded the organic garlic. Unfortunately we were a bit over-enthusiastic and weeded out some trial shoots (sorry, they looked like grass!). Next up was the garlic harvest, followed by late season pea picking and potatoes, where I enlisted the help of our semi-willing teenager.
At the end of season I had easily met my quota and had the choice of $40 cash or the equivalent in last season's maple syrup. My morning oatmeal is smiling now!