It’s Winter CSA Time!

Unnecessary adventures often make the best memories..

If you know me, you know that I am a new-found lover of CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture). I participated in one this past summer and fell in love. Not only with the produce itself, but with the experience.  Every week, my children and I would drive out to Sunrise CSA in the heart of Oley, PA (read: farm country, beautiful farm country). While I gathered our weekly share, the kids would feed the billy goat, play on the tire swing, or chase the chickens. It was a beautiful experience. They learned where our food came from and even got to harvest some when the farmer was kind enough to give us a lesson in the garden. We developed a new friendship, connecting with the farmers that were harvesting our food. For that we are thankful.

When the end of the season came, I was sad. We had been having a wonderful time. I had SO enjoyed creating in the kitchen and preserving those wonderful veggies (and a million watermelons) that had come into our house each week.

Just last week when I was setting up for the pick-up of our turkey (a free-range that we get from Woodsong Hollow Farm each year) for Thanksgiving, I came across the opportunity to participate in a new CSA during the winter season running through April. I jumped on that opportunity immediately and I did what I always do: I coerced my neighbor into jumping on it too. (My neighbor is my right-hand woman in many of my shenanigans as you will come to find out.)

So tonight, my neighbor and I jumped in the car and plugged in the address that Google said housed Eckerton Hill Farm. We were headed out to Eckerton Hill Farm where they were having a wine and cheese event to kick off the winter CSA season. Woot! A Girl’s Night Out! After driving for about 40 minutes, seeing a taxidermist in full swing, and passing by the Virginville Bar (which made for A TON of great jokes),  we found that the farm wasn’t quite where we thought it would be. No worries. We called the farmer and he gave us the correct location.

We pulled up, went inside and were in awe. Inside this beautiful farmhouse were about 20 other people, all socializing and eating a fabulous spread of locally produced cheeses while drinking wine from a local vineyard. 20 fabulous people to get to know over the course of the winter, whether it is through email or in person, that I would not have otherwise gotten to meet. We listened to a bread-maker talk about how the yeast that is used in the bread is all natural and made from the Oley air. We heard about the beauty of a local vineyard that I never knew existed (and I must say, their Chardonnay was delicious). We even heard from a honey maker (though he claimed that the bees in fact do the honey making) and the farmer that will be farming all of the wonderful produce that we will be getting this winter.

The cheeses were FANTASTIC and we have the ability to participate in a cheese share as well this winter, which we will be taking full advantage of. My favorites were the Fat Cat and Equinox produced by BirchRun Hill Farms. Paired with Oley Valley Bread and mushrooms (lots of mushrooms), they were even better!


So…we got in the car after grabbing our gigantic share full of greens, herbs, radishes, squash, potatoes, and dried chili peppers. I turned to my neighbor and said, “I recognize fully that I am crazy and that I do too much, but you have to admit, this time it was a justified crazy.” She confirmed all of the above. Both the fact that yes, I am quite crazy, but also that, yes, in this instance, it was justified. :)

More on the CSA to come!

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Definitely a justified crazy! I’m feeling an itch to hit Martindale’s or Trader Joe’s all because of you!

  2. Love that you’re spreading the wonderful joys of CSA’s! Looks like a great day. :)

  3. I teach a co-op class for homeschool students and while talking about bees I had a young man tell me his grandpa was a ‘honey robber’. Upon further questioning he told me Grandpa kept bees and then robbed them of their honey. Love CSA’s, thanks for spreading the word.

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