morning chores – chickens out extra free range today out of their big fenced in area, goats up to the upper field to graze along the creek, pigs fed.

tuesdays are CSA days. we harvest depending on what we are accountable for that week. Maverick is a part of the High Country CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. this CSA grew out of what was originally a CSA at Maverick and evolved into a multi-farm CSA.
when i lived in Chicago we received a weekly CSA share from Plow Creek. when i lived in Auburn i worked at Randle Farms and lived with a friend who received a CSA box from them. this is the first time i’ve ever seen a multi-farm CSA. i’m sure i am not aware of ALL of the benefits, but it’s interesting to me. it seems like a better way to foster collaboration among the farmers and conversation. especially if there are farmers that could mentor other farmers within the same CSA. or talk through weather conditions. like the abnormal amount of rain this area has had this year that has actually been hurting production. also, it helps the shared risk be spread among more farmers so each has the possibility of absorbing less risk if need be. not to mention that though they make less money than they would if they did a CSA alone, it also frees them up to have other avenues of revenue. though i’m sure H. could tell you a million more important reasons for it.

for those of you that have never heard of a CSA i borrowed this description from the High Country CSA website: “High Country Community Supported Agriculture unites organic farmers and local eaters in celebration of shared risk, abundance, and delicious food. It’s an expression of food solidarity — farmers collaborate to create bounty and community members embrace what Wendell Berry called their “agrarian responsibility” to eat from their foodshed.”
basically, you pay a lump sum at the beginning of the farm season. this helps farmers buy all the things they need to get their season started. then, as the season continues, you receive a box or share weekly that is the sum of anywhere between $15-$25 worth of produce, depending on the CSA. so the sum you pay up front for, serves as a weekly grocery amount over time, usually a period of 20-25 weeks.

i have always been a fan of CSAs, but i’m really impressed with this model. also, they have cost-share program where low-income individuals/families can buy a share at a reduced rate using their EBT. and the other portion is paid for through grants and different fundraising efforts. all that to say i am impressed with it and the standard they are setting through all that they do.

lots of stuff happened today, but most important was that at the end of our long, hot day we went and jumped in a swimming hole called Snake Pit. it was cold and the water was high from all the rain we’ve been getting. super refreshing. and i’ve been wanting to go to a swimming hole!

also of note: homemade beet and goat cheese ravioli for dinner.