This year, as last, the Mill Valley General Store is offering a co-op that works similar to a CSA. You pay in advance, and each week for a set amount of time (13 weeks in this case) you get a variety of items. Much as we did with the CSA, I’m splitting a share with Paul and Danielle. We opted for the full share, which means that each week we get four produce items and two “value-added” items to split between ourselves. Here’s what I’ve gotten so far, in various quantities shared between us:
Onions, potatoes, grapefruit, ground bison, apple cider.
Cabbage, carrots, oranges, butter.
Apples, beets, turnips (which I thought were parsnips, oops), yogurt.
Boston lettuce, sweet potatoes, sausages, rutabagas, yogurt.
Bacon, lettuce, eggs, cinnamon raisin bread, red potatoes, oranges.
This obviously differs from a CSA in that not all of this is grown locally — the citrus comes up from Uncle Matt’s Organic Farm in Florida; the yogurt came from a dairy in New Jersey. The bison comes from Gunpowder Bison in MD. But just like with a CSA, I love that it forces me to try new things and search out new recipes, some of which I hope to share here soon.