Just because I'm planning to go all Candide and tend my own garden doesn't mean I'm not looking forward to the first crops rolling in at Turnbull Creek and Drury Family Farms, which team up to create Fresh Harvest Coop.
A slight variation on a CSA, Fresh Harvest allows you the flexibility of placing an order for specific produce every week rather than giving you a share of the crop no matter what it happens to be.
I can already taste those sweet yellow and red beets, and I can't wait to get the first bouquet of Tallahassee May's riotously colored flowers. Twin Forks Farm breads are available at pick-up, and often there are fresh chickens and eggs, if you email your order quickly on Sunday night, when John Drury and Tallahassee send out the week's list of available produce to Fresh Harvest members. The season will start later this month or in early May.
To join Fresh Harvest, you make a $50 deposit, which works like a prepaid account. When you spend $50, you add more to your account. Pick-up is at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Hillsboro Road on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. In the past, the Delvin Farms truck has been nearby, and the churchyard has had a very festive air as Delvin and Fresh Harvest members pull in to collect their seasonal bounty. At my house during the summer, Wednesday is known as Vegetable Day. It is so much more fun than going to the supermarket.