U-Pick Berries and More

It's berry season! Did you know that a few of our KCFC Member Farmers offer U-pick options for berries? This is a great way to see precisely where you food comes from and how it was grown. And you can pick with confidence knowing that our farmers grow according to our KCFC pledges so you're getting the healthiest fruits for your family.

Make time to visit one of these farms, take friends and family along, and enjoy berries that are the freshest of the fresh! Also, U-pick sometimes provides a better bang for your buck, cost-wise.
Contact each of these farms directly to find out what kind of berries they have, when their u-pick programs are open, and what the costs are. And get ready to soak up some sun and enjoy the delicious fruits of your labor!
Adrian, MO
Lexington, MO
St. Joseph, MO
Platte City
816-786-3302 By Appointment Only
PS: Looking for more U-pick options?
- Check out Liberty Hill Farm in Centerview, MO where CSA members can enjoy u-pick vegetables all season long. Contact  to sign up today!
- More U-pick options are available in the fall, including chestnuts from Chestnut Charlie's Organic Tree Crops in Lawrence, KS. and pumpkins from Fahrmeier Family Farm.
 
DID YOU KNOW? 
Strawberries are high on the Dirty Dozen list prepared by the Environmental Working Group to indicate which conventional produce carries the highest level of pesticide residue. These dozen fruits and vegetables are the ones that you definitely want to buy organic. Not to mention, fresh local berries simply taste better!

 

CSA POINTERS and IDEAS

This is an excerpt of an article called "Sharing: How I Found My Way to CSA" by Emily Akins, originally published in Edible KC

 

Community Supported Agriculture - or CSA - is a wonderful way to eat with the seasons and to get to know the people who grow your food. And even though we know that eating locally is rewarding, we also know that sometimes it takes a shift in both mindset and methods. Here are a few ideas to make life as a locavore much simpler.

  • Get the tools you need to process your food. One of the things that makes processed food so easy is that it’s ready to cook and eat. CSA vegetables have to be chopped and prepped. Some things shouldn’t be washed or chopped until you’re ready to eat, like tomatoes, for instance, but many vegetables and greens can be washed and chopped in advance so they will be ready when you are. Take one night a week to prep veggies so they are ready to use. I use a salad spinner, a lot of storage containers for the fridge, a good sharp knife, and a mandoline.
  • Use seasonal recipes and cookbooks. Websites and cookbooks that are focused on local food are helpful, especially if they are organized by vegetable. Particularly helpful are local cookbooks featuring the produce I get in my CSA. Examples: “Rolling Prairie Cookbook” and the University of Missouri extension program’s “Seasonal and Simple” cookbook and website http://seasonalandsimple. info. CSA farmers always have good recipes many of which incorporate several ingredients from each share into one meal.
  • Create a “reverse grocery list.” One of the nice things about food from a CSA is that it’s fresh. But, fresh also means it’s not shelf stable. Hardier greens, veggies, and peppers will last a week or two; tomatoes, peas, beans and berries need to be eaten sooner, etc. Create a prioritized list of all share items based on how long they stay fresh and what needs to be eaten first. Use this to plan meals based on what you need to use. I call this the “reverse grocery list” because it tells me the things I already have – not the things I need to buy.
  • Have the right staples on hand and be flexible. I have learned that I can turn almost any assortment of CSA vegetables and herbs into either a stir-fry or pasta. If you have on hand the right sauces (or better yet – make your own and preserve them!) and the right grains (whole wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa, noodles etc.), you will find it easy to whip together a hearty meal using a colorful, eat-the-rainbow assortment of whatever CSA vegetables happened to be harvested that week.

WANT TO JOIN A CSA?

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