I’m going to work on a farm.

by Lia
A photo I took of the Colvin Family Farm in the fall of 2011 during one of their shareholder days.

If you know me or followed my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m an aspiring locavore and an evangelist for community supported agriculture. This spring will be my third year as a CSA shareholder with the Colvin Family Farm, and I absolutely cannot wait for the season to get started. Especially because I’m going to work on the farm. Virtually. [Check out the official announcement on the farm’s website and on the Colvin Family Farm Facebook page.]

I won’t be growing, tending, or harvesting the veggies. I won’t be getting blisters on my hands or operating any machinery. So maybe “farmhand” is a bit of an inflated title. But I will be providing weekly recipes and tips and tricks for being a CSA shareholder here on my website and on the Colvin Family Farm CSA Forum. Whether you’re new to the CSA program or have been a shareholder for years, hopefully I’ll be able to provide you with some ideas on what to do with your weekly share, ways to prep and cook your produce, and info on how to store and preserve fruits and veggies. And I’ll always be sure to point out exactly what’s in the bushel — because sometimes that’s the hardest thing to figure out. Believe me. (Do you know what pattypan squash is? I know now.)

I’ll be joining two other “farmhands” this season — Betsy and Kristina — who are seasoned shareholders and will undoubtedly have great advice on what to do with all the fresh produce from the Colvin farm. And together we want to help people figure out how to eat their CSA.

So stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the start of the season. I’ll be writing some posts about how to get ready (i.e., tools of the trade) and giving some link love to great online resources for shareholders. In the meantime, check out Betsy’s guest post on the Colvin Family Farm Blog about investing in a CSA. It’s an excellent look at the risks and rewards of being a shareholder. Enjoy!

Another photo of the farm from the Colvin’s shareholder day.
One of the greenhouses and rows of raised beds on the Colvin Farm.

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Betsy Farquhar March 14, 2013 - 7:19 pm

I’m looking forward to sharing recipes with you guys! Hope I get to meet you in person sometime. ~Betsy

Lia Ballentine March 15, 2013 - 2:03 am

Hi, Betsy! I can’t wait for the season to start. I love your blog, and your recipe index is fantastic! Hope we meet up soon. Maybe we can have a "virtual farmhand" meet-and-greet sometime? 🙂

Elizabeth Terry Clements June 7, 2014 - 8:30 pm

I found your blog a bit ago through the Colvin’s website. This is my first-time doing a veggie CSA (we’ve done a meat CSA in the past), so I’m looking forward to trying new things. Your photos have already helped me identify a couple things I didn’t recognize, and I’ll definitely try some of your recipes! I hope you’ll be blogging again this season!-Elizabeth

Lia Ballentine June 9, 2014 - 2:49 am

Elizabeth, thanks so much for stopping by! And congrats on your first year with a veggie CSA! This will be my fourth year with a CSA from the Colvin Family Farm, and I still learn/eat something new with each pickup. For example, we got arugula blossoms in our box yesterday. Edible flowers! 🙂

I love sharing my CSA experiences, so I’ll definitely be blogging again this season. I also would love to hear what new recipes you try, so please share. It’s great to connect with and learn from other shareholders!

Thanks again, and happy eating!


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