Putting the C in CSA

The Crew(The fabulous bean harvest crew from Monday’s event)bouquet

(a bouquet from Sunday’s sewing bee)

Have we mentioned that we love you, our shareholders, supporters, friends, our community?

We do.

Today’s bean harvesting party started out a bit depressing.  It was discouraging that we had to have a bean harvesting party at all – the combine is broken and under serious repair by Arnie, Captain Bill, Adam, and Ben.  And the bean field is nearly buried under weeds, because earlier this season the cultivating tractor broke, and despite our best efforts at the weeding party, and Adam’s continuous work, the weeds did some damage.  (As all of you with home gardens know, this was a particularly vicious weed summer.)  It was so sad and frustrating to think how amazing the bean fields would have been if only .  . .  I took a break to nurse Ella, and when I gave a big sigh she said, “Mama?  You’re sad?”  “Yeah, sweetie, I’m a little sad about the bean fields.”  “Oh, Mama,” she said, standing next to me to give me a hug and kiss, “You need special love from me.”  My sweetest girl.


Down at the fields, we got out our recycled coffee sacks and started picking . . . a few volunteers arrived to help, and the weather was stunning.  And then, lots more help arrived, and we filled bags and bags of beans, and everyone had a lovely time.  The two tiny tots and two big girls present were amazingly chill about letting us harvest, and we got in a lot of Hutterite Soup Beans and Charlevoix Red Kidney Beans. We had some fresh local cider, some local beer, some chips and homemade salsa.


(photo by Ben Lester)

Ben’s still down at the shop with Adam, Arnie, and Bill, working away so we can get the combine out to bring in the rest of the kidney beans and the Boston Favorites.  Keep your fingers crossed, otherwise, we might see you down at the Contours for another bean harvest real soon!

beanharvest2(photo by Ben Lester)

So many thanks to the folks who came to the sewing bee Sunday, and to the harvest Monday- you remind us all what it means to be a part of Community Supported Agriculture.  Thank you to our friends, shareholders, Jarrett and the crew at Stone Soup Farm CSA – also located at NESFI.Jared(Jarrett Man, owner/manager of Stone Soup Farm, Volunteered as human strapping to keep the load of beans from flying out the truck. Don’t try this at home…Jarrett is a professional)

As Ben said this evening, this is not about agricultural perfection.  It’s about connecting to our fields, connecting to our food and our community.  We’re doing our best for you.  (Oh yeah, and giving the middle finger to the industrial food system, ahem.)

And now, I’m gonna go make some more grain bags.



3 Responses to “Putting the C in CSA”

  1. 1

    [...] that we’re not spending every spare moment harvesting beans, we have some time for things [...]

  2. 2
    Phillip Tower

    Hello there:~} I just read about the sewing bee and the big beautiful bean harvest and it is very inspiring. I just wanted to thank you for putting yourself out there and helping people to remember what the C in CSA stands for. I am friends with one of your employees and she is always telling me how amazing you and your family are and what a great experience it is to work there. Now that I have taken a moment to check out your web enterees I can see she was in no way exagerating. I am not often on the computer(maybe 3 or 4 times a month) but will be excited next time I am to see what is going on with all of you. Blessings and keep up the amazing work! Aloha

  3. 3

    [...] Here in the Pioneer Valley, we are blessed with CISA, and their tremendously successful “Be  a Local Hero” campaign, which has brought a lot of attention to buying local foods.  At Wheatberry, we’re one of a handful of food businesses that really focuses on serving fresh foods, bought from local farms (almost always organic farms, in our case).  If there are no tomatoes in the fields, you won’t find them on our menu – same for salad greens, asparagus, etc.  We have a summer CSA share and a winter CSA for the bakery, and work with local suppliers.  This past spring we were very excited to switch to using 100% local meats and cheeses in our sandwiches, and many of you know we’re a little bit busy growing local grains and beans. [...]

Want to Leave a Reply?