-1 for extra food waste. Despite sharing my share with another person, I really did end up with extra food waste over the course of the summer. I'm the type of person who eats the same thing every day, and making several meals a week is just not how I operate. Because of that, I would often use up one of the strange new ingredients I'd get, and let the other one rot. I feel terrible about this, but really don't know what's to be done about it.
+1 for learning how to cook new things. Yes, having a farm share did force me to expand my repertoire, and I'm really happy about that. Admittedly, I did not end up eating that kohlrabi, I just stared at it until it rotted, but I feel less intimidated by kohlrabi now and regard it as a friend (that I would like to eat).
+1 for eating local. All the food from my farm share came from Rehoboth, MA, which is 13 miles from my house. That's pretty awesome.
-1 for sharing drawbacks. I'm very very glad that I shared my share with another person because it would have been waaaaaaaaay too much for just me. However, because I shared, it meant that I would frequently wind up with very little of something, and it would almost seem too much work to prepare it. I mean, who wants to turn on the oven to roast just half a bunch of turnips. So, I should have been more creative, but trying more than one new recipe a week is just too much for me. I'm fragile, people.
-/+1 for value overall. I cannot really decide if doing this farm share was actually a good value. I missed two week's worth of deliveries while I was on vacation, and while I was away, there was a freak hailstorm that damaged many of the crops and structures on the farm. Because of that, shares have been significantly lighter, which is obviously not the farmer's fault.
|The hail that hit the farm--from their facebook page|
-/+1 For realizing how superficial I am when it comes to vegetables. I read a book a while back about food waste, and the author talked about how people are really concerned with how their produce looks and stuff that looks slightly weird often gets thrown away. I read this and though, what's wrong people, didn't you read that Berenstein Bears book where they show that the weird-looking apple is better on the inside? Except I am the same way, apparently. The broccoli I got from the farm looked different than the broccoli I get in stores, and that scared me, even though broccoli is one of my favorite foods! Vegetables straight from the farm can look kind of strange, y'all, and apparently I am a bit shallow.
-1 for lack of eggs. One of the things I was most excited about, was eating farm-fresh eggs all summer, but they were only available for purchase one time when I went to my pickup place. A friend who has a co-worker with chickens said that his chickens haven't been laying much this summer, so maybe that's it, but I have a hunch that since the food gets dropped off at 3pm, and I can't make it until after 6pm, someone is buying up all the eggs. Harrumph.
|This is one of the results when you google image search|
Overall, I'm glad I did it because I would have continued to wonder otherwise. There is something nice about going to get groceries and not have to pay for them (because I paid upfront), but I just don't know if this system is for me. Perhaps next year, I'll just grab something new each time I go to the farmer's market--or every other time.