I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth full of fireworks, friends, and family. Now that we are officially in the full swing of summer, summer veggies are on my mind. And in my refrigerator. And slowly but surely filling up my freezer and all my mason jars. One thing that’s helped is the generosity and abundance of farmer friends. So today, I’d like to spread the word about another local CSA that you still have a chance to get in on this summer. Enter Hopkins Farms.
The Hopkins’ family has farmed their land in Reno, Georgia for over 100 years. As it happens, the youngest generation’s grandmother’s family land and grandfather’s family land were contiguous tracts, so when they married, it formed one big farm for them to inherit. Hence, what once was two farms became one, creating Hopkins Farms – plural.
And yes: there is a Reno in Georgia. The good doctor (my dad) always says you can go all over the world and never leave Georgia.
David, the youngest Hopkins and our good friend, has recently joined this long line of farmers and has started a Hopkins Farms farm-share program. You can sign up a week at a time for this first summer season, for either a half-bushel or a whole bushel box, $30 and $50, respectively.
A bushel box is shown above, and includes:
– yellow crookneck squash
– bell peppers
– pink eye field peas
– yellow onions
– butternut squash
– green beans
Currently, David delivers farm-share boxes to Thomasville on Thursdays. However, if he has 4 or 5 subscriptions in Bainbridge, Cairo, or any other nearby town, he will deliver there, as well.
He only expects to get two or three more weeks of veggies before the season ends, so if you’d like to get in on it, act quickly!
It’s a great way to stock your pantry and freezer before the summer dead season or the winter. Or, you can just enjoy a gluttonous farm to table vegetable feast before it’s all gone. In this one box, after I had cleaned and snapped the beans into thirds, I had two gallons of green beans. Two gallons!
There’s not a more beautiful sight than a bag of already shelled and cleaned pink eye field peas.
I’ve said it before and I’ll preach it again: purchasing your vegetables from a local farmer not only means healthier, fresher food for you and your family. It also means (usually) more money in your pocket and money in your neighbor’s pocket. It supports your local economy and establishes a direct connection between you and your food. It’s a good feeling to shake the hand of the person who grows the food on your plate. And it tastes a whole lot better, too.
If you want to get in on this locally grown goodness before the summer’s end,
email David at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.