As many round possible in 8 minutes of:
10 Hand Release Push-ups
10 Kettlebell Swings (1.5/1)
10 Box Jumps (24/20)
This time last year… was a rest day with a JK picture somewhat similar but different than the one above.
Granor Farm CSA – Year 2
Last year over 40 of us participated in Granor Farm’s CSA and if we’re going to be a drop site again this year. They delivered fresh organic vegetables to CFC every Saturday or every other Saturday depending on which option you chose. It was my first time being part of a CSA and it was a wonderful experience. The crate that Lilly is sitting in is the bushel crate will be approximately full each time. What we found from last year was that week one it was full-ish and then with each drop the amount of produce got bigger and bigger through the end and most of the summer it was overflowing.
Granor Farm does mainly vegetables in their CSA, except for one week of blueberries last year. They also allowed our members to request a Paleo-friendly CSA where they would swap out non-Paleo items for us, so if a week was to include pole beans or sweet corn they’d swap in something else for us. I asked many farmers about doing this before finding Granor Farm and they were the first one who would even listen to this request.
In general what can you expect:
Vine Crops – Squashes, cucumbers
Greens/brassicas – Such as arugula, mache, kale, collards, kohlrabi,
spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, amongst others
Nightshades – Tomatoes, eggplant
Roots – Beets, carrots, radish, turnip, onion, rutabaga, parsnip, leek
What might one week look like? This is what we received in Week 10 last year:
1 Pint Apero (Grape) or Sapho (Plum) Tomatoes
Mountain Fresh Pick Slicing Tomatoes.
Touchstone Gold Beets
1 Quart Marvel of Venice Pole Beans – Subbed Lacianto Kale
1 Quart Cucumbers
Costata Romanesco Zucchini
Sunburst Patty Pan Squash
Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Flashy Trout Back Lettuce
Luscious Sweet Corn – Subbed Spinach
In addition to the weekly boxes they also run special members only events at the farm, such as blueberry picking and Hog/Harvest Dinner. Last year they also had a couple weeks toward the end of tomato season were the dropped extra bushel boxes full of plum tomatoes for any CSA members to grab as they wished. They froze really well and I’m still going through them. You obviously can’t use them raw once frozen, unless you like really water, limp tomatoes, but they still make great for making pasta sauce, salsa, stew, chili, etc.
You have two options, a full share and a half share. A full share receives a box every single week for 20 weeks from June through October. A half share receives a full box every other week, so 10 boxes over a 20 week time period. Last year half shares were delivered on the odd number weeks, weeks 1, 3, 5…
Jess and I split a full share last year, so we were picking up a box every week and the dividing that amount up with a friend from work and that amount was just about perfect for us. This year we decided to do a half share by ourselves, so the same amount of food just no splitting. Jess and I cook almost every night and I also bring my lunch to work on most days, and we barely needed to go to the grocery store during the CSA, but still here and there. Many members split the half share last year, so they received a full bushel box every other week and then split that with a friend or another member.
If you are going to take 100% of a full or half share yourself, then you simply need to register at http://granorfarm.com/join/csa-registration/. When you register sign up for the Green City Market drop location and let me know that you signed up and I’ll keep track of all of our members that have signed up. They are working on getting CFC added to the drop sites.
If you want to split a full or half share then you need to locate a partner to split with first. The ideal person to split with would be someone that either you live close by to or you are often at the same Saturday class with. If you need help find someone email me and I can work on some arranged marriages. I’ll match people up at the end of April and the end of May, so whoever has emailed me at these times I’ll work with you to get you paired. If you want to split a share or half share, I would recommend to not sign up on Granor’s website until you have a partner unless you’re sure we will find someone. Like I said last year was our first year and we had over 40 people participate. There are a lot of new faces this year, so I’m anticipating this number to go up.
If for any reason, such as you do not work out on Saturdays, you would still like to participate but don’t want to pick up on Saturday you can chose any of their drop sites spread across the city throughout the week. The Paleo-friendly option is just that, an option. I manage that on the side since we’re the only one they make this bulk accommodation to, so just let me know if you’d like the standard box or the Paleo option. If you chose the Paleo option and you just have a hankering for some sweet corn on a week that it’s offered, just let me know and we’ll get it worked out for you.
Granor Farms will give you a reusable back on week 1 to use during the CSA. We have some very simple ground rules at the CFC drop site. Pickup is from 9 – noon, which fits nicey to around our class schedule. If you are unable to pickup during this time frame one week you can either make arrangements to have someone else pick up your goods at CFC or contact Jesse and you can arrange to pick your box up at any of their other drop sites earlier in the week. If your produce has not been claimed by noon then there’s no guarantee it will be there. Granor comes back and picks up the boxes around noon and we have a decision to make, either let them take it and they’ll donate it or let the noon class take what they want. For sanitary reasons we just can’t have produce sitting around at the box all day and night and we hate to see it go to waste. I will say last year there were some weeks with quite a bit of leftovers and I hated seeing people missing out on what they paid for. Please plan ahead, Jesse is very accommodative, if you know you’re going to be out of town, give him a call or email and let him know you need to change your pickup location to earlier in the week.
The start date will be sometime in June depending on the spring we have. They try and time it up to make sure there’s enough produce in the early weeks, but get all 20 weeks in before the first frost on the back end. They will set a date towards the end of May or early June.
If you participated last year and have anything to add from your experience please do so in the comments. If you have any questions please email me at zack at crossfitchicago.