Highland Orchards’ Spring CSA – Week 1

I just picked up my first 1/2 share of the season from Highland Orchards.  The share included: bok choy, potatoes, onions, broccoli, apples, sprouts, cauliflower and an herb (Rosemary?).  I’m not sure yet which herb it is but I’ll let you know when I find out. Below are pictures of all the items in the share so you can get an idea of what types of vegetables / fruits you’ll find in a spring share.

I paid $165 for a 12 week share so that breaks down to $13.75 per week.  I priced out the above online at Shop Rite to compare how much I would have paid.  A few notes:
1 – I could not find fresh rosemary so I had to substitute it with prepackaged rosemary
2 – Most of the items excluding the Apples were priced at the non-organic price.  They would most likely cost the same or a bit more depending on sale prices.

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One of the best parts of signing up for the CSA is that you get to try vegetables / fruits you might not normally try.  I’m going to try to make something with the bok choy this week and will let you know how it goes.  If anyone has ever made anything tasty with Bok Choy, I’d be interested in hearing about it.

Update: The herb was dill which is selling for $0.79 per unit (whatever that means).  We got a ton so I’m guessing it would be at least 2 units which changes the price to $12.90. As I mentioned above it is $12.90 not factoring in how much all of these items would have costed if they were organic.  I’m going to try to write another post showing how we used the veggies / herbs.  This might force me to use more.

Share Items / Usage
Bean Sprouts (Sunday) – We used the sprouts on our tuna sandwiches
Onion (1 of 2) (Sunday) – We put in a chili we are making for dinner tonight
Dill + Potatoes (Monday) – We made garlic dill potatoes with all the potatoes and part of the dill
Onion (2 of 2) (Tuesday) – We used in Chicken Enchilladas
Apples (Sunday – Monday) – We used as a snack

Highland Orchards’ CSA Spring Program Begins this Saturday

picture-4If you live in or near north Wilmington (Delaware), I highly recommend signing up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share at Highland Orchards.  Their spring share begins this Saturday April 4th 2009 and will go through June (3 months).  They offer 1/2 shares for $165 and full shares for $265. The share includes farm fresh locally grown fruits & vegetables.  As I mentioned in a previous post, Highland Orchards is not certified organic as it costs too much however they follow all organic practices. Here is what they wrote on their site: At Highland Orchards, we are committed to taking care of Mother Earth. We follow the USDA regulations for organic farming, although we are not officially certified.

If you aren’t sure you’ll use everything from the share each week consider splitting a share with a friend / family member. We split a 1/2 share last year with my mother-in-law and found that was just enough.  We would pick up our share and get additional fruits and vegetables as needed.

Click the link to the right for directions to Highland Orchards.