In an attempt to make mindful choices about our health and wellbeing, Chaz and I agree to join a CSA, a community supported agriculture co-op, for the season. A mile from our house, the organic farm sits tucked behind Steak N’ Shake off Montgomery Road. Named Finn Meadows as a nod to Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, the farm is a throwback to simpler times. The owners, a young married couple, live with conviction. No television. No central heat. Lots of canning. Lots of wandering farm animals and a cat named Huckleberry.
Did I mention it’s behind Steak N’ Shake? No, the irony isn’t lost on us.
As with all good intentions, our enthusiasm for healthy eating wavers depending on the week. Sometimes we make our weekly pick-up, sometimes we turn the car into Steak N’ Shake and order up some fries.
With a few weeks left in the season, we have a sizable balance to eat our way through. A ravenous rabbit might find itself challenged to eat that much lettuce in so few days. So, what should we do? Lettuce see…
At the farm, I pack up a bag of my favorite field greens and another to surprise a friend while the boys chase the chickens in the yard. I pick out another box of freshly picked tomatoes and add it to our pile. I add up our take, tally it in a worn black binder and call to the boys to meet me at the car.
Today we’re not only doing pick-up, we’re doing delivery.