Grow your own Vegetables or Sign up for a CSA

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I just read in the news that the White House will have its very own vegetable and herb garden this year. Ground was broken on the garden on the first day of spring with the help of 2 dozen local students.

Crops to be planted in the coming weeks on the 1,100-square-foot, L-shaped patch near the fountain on the South Lawn include spinach, broccoli, various lettuces, kale and collard greens, assorted herbs and blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

We are planning a vegetable garden as well this year and hope it will work out better than last year.  We tried planting tomatoes, peas, broccoli and strawberries last year but were only successful with the tomatoes.  The broccoli and peas never took off (maybe because we did not water them enough) and the strawberries ended up getting eaten by birds & squirrels.

Luckily we have a local farm, Highland Orchards in Delaware, that we got the majority of our fruits & vegetables from last year.  We signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which we thought was well worth the money.  A CSA is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce.

If you live in or around Wilmington, DE I highly recommend Highland Orchards on Foulk road for fresh fruits & vegetables.  Many of the fruits & vegetables are grown on their orchard and while they are not labeled “organic”, the farm follows many of the orgranic practices w/o paying the fee to be labeled organic.  They also have farm fresh eggs, specialty organic groceries & dairy items.

If you don’t live near the Highland Orchards in Delaware, check out LocalHarvest.org to find all the local CSAs in your area.