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Hayrides and Sunshine at the Farm

Sunday was the Meet and Greet for this year’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members at Batten Bay Farm in Carrollton, VA. This organic growing farm is in a beautiful location on Batten Bay, near the James River. The family has even been named the Farm Family of the Year 2011 by the local Chamber of Commerce.

We were blessed with warm sunshine for this Meet and Greet event. It included sampling some recipes using their farm ingredients, listening to a presentation about how the CSA works, introducing ourselves to the group, and a tour of the farm via hayride (OK, I secretly admit I enjoyed the hayride just as much as the preschoolers did). They have an amazing assortment of vegetable varieties, some of which I’ve never even heard of (and I consider myself a reasonably educated foodie about such things). It seemed like a fun group – this sort of thing seems to attract many like-minded people and families.

June 1st is the first day for pickup. I wonder what is in store for us!

Local Organic Veggies

We put down our payment for our 2011 share in local Batten Bay Farm. This is what they call Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), where locals can purchase a partial or full share in the vegetables that get produced each year. Every week from June through November, we get to pick up a selection of produce that’s ready for that week. I’m excited about this…it’s supporting our local economy and will encourage healthy organic eating throughout the year (will certainly help with my cholesterol-lowering diet and that will make my doctor happy!). We receive our first veggies in the beginning of June and I plan on taking pictures of our selections as well as providing you all with some healthy recipe ideas.

If any of you have this opportunity, try seeking out any local farms to see  if they offer this…it’s a win-win for you, the locals and the farmers!

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