Our share this week from the CSA: leaf lettuce, romaine, scallions, radishes and carrots.

Earlier this year, Dave and I signed up for a share (a full share for spring, and a half share for summer/fall) from Shepherd’s Valley, which is a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, located near Americus. We give these folks money in advance, and then through October, they give us food. Organic food. It’s a pretty good deal because in Emporia, organic food is hard to come by.

Ramona and John Crisp, organic farmers, Shepherd’s Valley Farm

This year, the veggies started growing early, so they started handing out food several weeks earlier than usual. And normally, a member drives out to the farm NW of Americus to bring the veggies back for all of the Emporia shareholders, but last week and this week, John and Ramona Crisp brought these bonus rounds of food in to Emporia to Tracy Simmons’ house.

Tracy takes the responsibility for being the host for the Emporia CSA members and is also the Market Manager for the Emporia Farmers’ Market. (And she does a dandy job with that, I might add.)

Plus, Tracy recently started a blog called Kansas Food Stories.

Last week we got a head of romaine, mixed greens, spinach, scallions, radishes and two dozen eggs.

The Crisps provided tote bags for us to carry home our produce each week.



  1. You sneaky! I did not know you managed to get a picture of me. Great start to the CSA season! No excuse for eating anything other than wonderful food in Emporia!

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