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July 12, 2012

the CSA is under way.  already, i have made mushroom risotto and pesto, and so many many other delicious things.

we take our coolers and bags.  there is an old garage and you walk in, unannounced.  the bounty is laid out on the table – in bags and coolers and piles, each labeled and separated for the participants.  an older lady with a backpack walks up and tucks her share into her knapsack.  she’s walked here and smells of patchouli.  her long gray hair is braided and swung to one side.  her glasses are smudged.

it is pleasant and earthy all at the same time.

the garage is old and smells like my grandfather’s used to, way back on South Street.

i am slightly out of place here, as if i’m not radical enough, or don’t own enough tie-dye to walk through the door.  but this is okay.  the feeling here is accepting, and the produce is more inviting than the last CSA we tried.  too posh maybe…  i’ll take mushrooms and herbs and beets over fancy peppers and fussy greens any day.

the thing is, CSAs are popping up every where.  i can guarantee there’s one near you, and it’s worth a try.  we discovered the joys years ago, and have loved the idea of CSAs ever since.  Local Harvest can help you find something in your neck of the woods.  With a modest garden, a decent farmer’s market, and a local CSA, one might almost have no need for the grocery store!

in bed at night, i sometimes dream about all the things i could with just a little bit of land.  and always, topping the list, is a small fiber CSA.  i like sheep.  perhaps sheep, grazing on a hillside, and each one sponsored, lovingly, by someone who is patiently waiting for their fleece to become yarn.  i like this dream.

it stays with me throughout the weeks and months and years.  and while i love my backyard garden, i know that something much more is in store for me.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2012 8:05 am

    I could help with the sheep since, as you know, I’ve recently been educated in sheep sheering.

    • hughes and home permalink*
      July 12, 2012 9:48 am

      ha! apparently! well, i’m going to count on you, then. don’t let me down.

  2. July 12, 2012 9:28 am

    Extra cukes? Yum! There is a woman blogger here in my community that participates in a fiber CSA. That’s the only time I’ve heard of it.

    • hughes and home permalink*
      July 12, 2012 9:47 am

      the first time i had heard of a fiber CSA was Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm. as of now, I can’t find a current link for their website. it kind of looks like they may have shut down? i hope not! in any case, again, a search of local harvest turns up other farms in other locations. i think it can be successful! dreams dreams dream :)

  3. Laura permalink
    July 12, 2012 9:39 am

    I’m with you – Pele’s Suit!!!!! Also – thanks so much for these snapshots of your life. You have grown into such a beautiful, conscientious and caring woman with an adorable family. I love you!

    • hughes and home permalink*
      July 12, 2012 9:50 am

      aww. thank you! i enjoy the process of taking photos and writing stories and noting details. it is a pleasure to bring what i think is beautiful to the surface for thought and discussion. and of course you know i’ve always admired you so dearly. thank you for being such a wonderful influence in my life. without you, this would not be. :)

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