Where in world...?

An old friend phoned the other day. He never phones. But this time he just had to know: "What are you doing living in Florence?"
He thought I was in Florence, Italy. I told him it was Florence, Massachusetts.
Here are some answers -- my occasional wanderings through Florence, MA and the surrounding Pioneer Valley.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Collecting the Farm Share

Every week so far this summer I've been the designated runner for the CSA farm share at Mountain View Farm in Easthampton, MA. This is about five miles from my home in Florence, traveling through some exciting spots that sport "Caution: Bear Crossing" signs. (I'll be sure to take that photo for next time.)

It was a beautiful day to visit the farm, as it alternated between bright sunny skies and rainbursts. It was dry inside the share room where we pick up the bulk of the share:

Community Supported Agriculture allows individuals, couples, families, and/or friends to buy a share of the farm's produce for the season. Every week we are able to visit this farm and make our own choices from the selection provided, as seen above. Some CSA shares do not have such a close contact with the farm and its workers, so we're lucky at the award-winning Mountain Farm CSA.

We are also able to pick our own flowers, herbs, and other produce with our weekly share. The readiness of different crops changes every week, always making the visit exciting because we can wander into the fields. I often like to pick some fresh flowers -- a real luxury!

Thanks to the Mountain View CSA Facebook photo albums: http://www.facebook.com/MountainViewFarm?sk=photos

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