My CSA from New Earth Farm starts this Friday and with it an experiment.
For 20 weeks I am going to do my best to eat as locally as I can. My weekly CSA includes an egg share, I live next door to a local produce market, I have an extensive friendship garden growing like gangbusters at a friend’s house (see photos) and a plethera of herbs growing in the window boxes rimming my balcony railing.
So here’s the layout. I live in a 700-square foot apartment. My balcony faces east but is mostly blocked from the sun by another building and a large oak tree. This is great for privacy, not so great for “farming”! I have four 30-inch x 7-inch window boxes hanging from my balcony. I do get a fair amount of dappled sunlight for a few hours in the morning and the herbs seem to be thriving on this so far.
As things progress I will buy all of my meat through butchers that source locally.
So follow along and I’ll try to keep you entertained with the challenges faced, things I had to go elsewhere for and, of course, recipes!
I consider this an experiment in sustainability, eating seasonally and locally. We are so used to having access to things 365 days a year, I’m not sure many of us even know what eating seasonally looks like.
This is also certain to test my creativity, but I expect a lot of fun along the way!