We’ve been members of the same CSA since shortly after we moved to Philly. There are plenty of CSAs here to choose from but I don’t think we’ll ever be able to change from Wimer’s Organics. The fruits, veggies, and herbs are consistently varied and delicious (last year we also started getting eggs, which are fresh and yummy), but what keeps us signing up year after year is how much we love Bud Wimer and the pearls of wisdom about farming and life that he includes in every email. Even though I could barely eat any greens last summer and Joe had to eat mountains (with a little help from the kids) to keep up with the weekly box o’ green goodies, we couldn’t resist signing up again just to support local farmers who love the land and care for it.
This year, Wimer’s Organics held a farm day. Of course, we had to go. It’s fairly close to Lancaster, where we’ve taken the kids multiple times, and they loved seeing all the cows, horses, and donkeys on the way. Once we arrived at the farm, we took a wagon ride to see all that was growing, played in a corn box, had a picnic, got “lost” in a maze of hay, played in the corn box some more, ran around the great wide open farm, and then had to be dragged out of the corn box with the promise of some fresh strawberries from a farmstand on the way home.
On the way home we succeeded in finding a great little stand on the side of the road and bought cucumbers, cherries, strawberries, and asparagus. Joe was kind enough to turn the car around so that I could poke around in the Olde House Bakery and Deli. Elijah got a mini whoopie pie, and Joe picked an old-fashioned cream-filled donut (definitely NOT organic) that he deemed “probably the best donut I have ever eaten”. He was kind enough to share with the rest of the crew. It was such a treat to see where our food share was grown and to meet some of the people hard at work growing it!