This week, we have added some produce from Tuscarora Organic Growers, a farmers cooperative in east side of the state. We cooperate with another co-op in our area for transportation of the produce so we can minimize our cost and the effects on the environment. My kitchen then becomes a packing area for a few hours to weigh and bag everything.
Last week I attended Mid-Ohio Growers Conference for two days in Holmes County, along with David and Lydia Yoder from NuWay Farm. Over 80% of the attendees were Amish and Mennonite, so I was definitely in the minority. There were three workshops to choose from every hour, as well as vendors with information about their products and services. One of the big topics nowadays is GAP certification, which is required for produce farms that sell to larger stores and institutions like schools and hospitals. GAP stands for good agricultural practices, and is mostly common-sense food safety practices like hand washing and water testing, but it also involves keeping detailed records of planting, harvesting, sales, etc. We do that informally, but our farmers are considering whether we need to add this certification. The yearly cost to each farm is several hundred dollars, plus the cost of the time to prepare for inspection and recordkeeping throughout the year.
- 2 lb. potatoes from Detweiler Farm
- 1 cabbage from Detweiler Farm
- 1 garlic from Detweiler Farm
- 2 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
- 1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms from TOG
- 1 lb. carrots from TOG
- 1 lb. parsnips from TOG
- 2 lb. sweet potatoes from TOG
Cuban Quinoa Bowl with Spicy Lemon Cashew Dressing (sweet potatoes)
I think I will make a big pot of vegetable soup for supper tonight. It's just that kind of day. The next CSA is January 31...back in two weeks!