We’ll be hosting a potluck for CSA members on Saturday, September 8 from noon-3pm. This will be a great chance to meet other members, share some really good food, and visit the farm. We’re asking members to RSVP by commenting on this post, sharing what they intend to bring, so dishes can be balanced without a lot of coordination on our part. Read on below for more details & guidance.
WHAT TO BRING
Feel free to be creative in what you’d like to make & bring: main dish, dessert, sides, etc. Hopefully we’ll all balance well enough; keep reviewing the comment thread here to check on others’ plans. If you’re not sure yet, even a general category at first is helpful for planning. All we ask is a few basic guidelines:
– Keep in mind others’ dietary preferences; we have vegan, vegetarian, & gluten-free members. While certainly all dishes don’t have to meet any or all of those desires, as we have plenty of omnivores as well, it’s something to consider. Basic labeling could be a good idea, especially if ingredients aren’t obvious (such as chicken broth in a soup).
– Keep in mind the basic food ethics of the farm. For example, we’d strongly prefer that nothing brought onto the farm include GMO ingredients, highly processed foods, or factory-farmed meats. We’d prefer that animal products in general either be from a producer that you know and trust (and preferably who avoids/minimizes feeding GMOs to the extent economically feasible) or if from a distant source that they be certified organic. If you’re not certain what is GMO and what isn’t, there are numerous websites with information about that, such as this one.
– Let us know in advance if your dish needs any special handling (has to be kept cold, has to be reheated, etc.). We’re hoping to serve & dine outdoors if weather permits.
– We’ll provide water to drink, and maybe iced tea; anything else is up to you.
– Please bring your own (washable, not disposable) plates, bowls, cups, utensils, and napkins. We’ll have limited quantities of such things for anyone who forgets. We don’t use disposables here and would prefer that others didn’t either. Aside from the ethics, there’s the practical concern that we don’t have an easy way of getting rid of smelly trash smeared with food such as disposable paper plates. We generate very little trash ourselves (none containing food wastes) and bring a dumpster in only every year or two to get rid of what dry trash we do generate.
– Please RSVP by commenting below with what dish you plan to bring, so others can see your plans. If you’d rather not use your full name, that’s ok as your email address (required to comment but not displayed on the site) should identify you to us. It’s ok to change plans and re-comment later if needed.
– If you definitely can’t come, please let us know in your next survey response if you haven’t yet.
– All immediate family/household members welcome.
– Please try to arrive on time so the food doesn’t sit out forever; once we’ve all eaten our fill, we can pack leftovers in coolers before rambling around the farm as desired.