Zac has joined us in the fields and at the market for 2016. He brings the right attitude and tons of energy to our every day rhythm. Zac has been a part of many Chester County vegetable operations and last year founded and operated Full Circle CSA with his partner Sammy. Zac will be honing his craft in our fields for 2016 as he continues to maintain his local agricultural relationships and farmland search. You can find Zac operating our market stand at the Eagleview Farmers Market on Thursdays 3-7.
Thanks to all our members for supporting us this season. We are poised for another great season of eating. If you’d like to be included in CSA details for next season sign up for our seasonal email newsletter here.
The Bala Cynwyd community has been a part of Down to Earth Harvest since our first season. Though the Bala Cynwyd Farmers Market is currently on hiatus for the upcoming season we are glad to offer biweekly CSA subscriptions (half shares) with a convenient pick up location near City Ave and Conshohocken State Rd. You can find more details here and use our online sign-up to join for the upcoming season.
1) It Frees Up Your Brain and Simplifies Your Life
While joining our CSA limits your choice, behavioral economist and Swarthmore professor, Barry Schwartz explains why that’s not a bad thing. The author of The Paradox of Choice, has studied option overload in American culture and concluded that people are happier when they have limited choice. With 3 meals a day your faced with over 1000 meal choices every year. A CSA is a chance to not think about what’s for dinner. You pick up your share and work backward from there. It takes one decision off your plate and replaces it with a simple and healthy no-brainer.
2) You Have a Picky Eater in the House
We are proud to be a member of the Grass-Roots effort to create a parallel, peer-reviewed, farmer-based alternative to Certified Organic. Down to Earth Harvest is pleased to be recognized as Certified Naturally Grown. Check out our profile here and see the other Pennsylvania Farmers have joined the growing movement that CNG represents.
Certified Naturally Grown means…
- No synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or GMO seeds; and for livestock producers, no antibiotics or hormones.
- Annual inspections done by farmers
- Designed for family-sized farms, not agribusiness
The day we knew we we’re expecting everything changed…not really in that moment, but looking back over this past year a lot has changed for us. We have moved our lives north 8 miles to Downingtown, bringing a new beginning for our farm business and our family. With Amy back to teaching Bob’s new reality blends small farm hustle with a stay-at–home-dad sensibility. Summertime will bring a new role for Amy, giving Bob time to make the most of his growing season. This life dynamic has so much potential for personal satisfaction, if we can remind ourselves that each day is a gift and that journey is the reward. With this in mind we will be retooling our farm model to focus more on our CSA.
Stay in touch cause a lot can happen in a season!