Monday, July 25, 2011

Sharing the Harvest

What are the veggies in my garden worth? How much could my chickens contribute to my children's education?  More than you might guess.

Two years ago I had the epiphany that my squash and eggs could help fund the boys' school when the government would not.  I, along with several gardener friends, banked on our garden dreams and auctioned off a CSA-form offerings at a school district silent auction.  We offered up six weeks worth of local - REALLY local - fruits, vegetables and eggs - grown in the back and front yards of our city.

Our produce yielded about $400 a person and we sold it to two families.  Plus, it gave me an idea of what our farmers think of every time they put together a box of deliciousness.

Above is last week's box of goodies: dahlias, eggs, apricots, lemons, summer squash, apples, blood oranges, carrots, beans, garlic, onions and a beautiful herb bouquet.  Not a bad haul for a cool spring and late summer.

I'm linking to the following parties for today's post:

- Homestead Barn Hop
- Harvest Monday


kitsapFG said...

That is a great CSA box of goodness! Well done!

Allison at Novice Life said...

Great idea and a lovely boz of treats! Those flowers are gorgeous!

Hanni said...

Gorgeous! I would love a box like put together a very nice assortment. ;)

Hanni said...

Gorgeous! I would love a box like put together a very nice assortment. ;)

Green Bean said...

Thank you very much, ladies! I'm pretty happy to have put some "garden extras" to good use and to hook up with other local gardeners as we put together our box.

Daphne said...

I've been having fun with my CSA share that I'm doing for a friend. Since I pick everything out it is always a challenge to try to figure out what to put in. Usually I have tons of stuff that I could, but I try to round it out. My harvests tend to be lopsided with things that get preserved for the winter, but CSAs are really for fresh eating.


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