Saturday, November 26, 2011

Farm-Sharing it up with Plan B Organics in Hamilton

Feeling in a bit of a veggie rut, I suggested to my husband a week ago that we should buy into a fall farm share with Plan B Organic Farms in Hamilton. We had been part of a summer farm-share program a few years ago and it was such a great way to become adventurous in our vegetable-eating habits. It also proved a starting-point for planning our meals for the week. Instead of sifting through a stack of cookbooks aimlessly, here we would have a box of fresh, organic and mostly-local produce that was in-season to inspire us.

So we visited the website and purchased a "Small" Fall Share. A small fall farm share is supposed to be enough vegetables for 2 adults for a week and it seemed like a good starting point.

 On Wednesday, we went to the pick-up location.  It was someone's side yard.  The garden gate was left open and I simply walked through and found stacks of plastic boxes of all different colours.  Each colour respresented a different type of share. Then I checked my name off the list and loaded the food into the bag I was carrying.  I stopped first to snap a few pictures. Amelia screamed and dropped her soother in the dirt, but it was all for the sake of good documentation.

Frankly, it felt a bit like Christmas to receive so much good organic food for $25.

Plan B takes organic produce from 12 farms in southern ontario, enabling the consumer access to a wide variety of organic items. What cannot be found locally, is purchased by fair trade. For instance, there isn't a lot of local fruit growing fresh currently in southern ontario, so some organic bananas were included.

And we received a little newsletter with recipes and information about which foods were from which towns in ontario and which were from elsewhere.  This Fall food share program continues until the end of December and I am already so glad we embarked on this veggie adventure.

~Miss Greenish Thumb~

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