Humble Hands Harvest is run by Hannah Breckbill and Emily Fagan. When you grow a garden at home, you have so much love and gratitude for everything it produces. Each tomato is a treasure. The broccoli is beloved, even if it's a little far gone because you missed the perfect time to harvest it. And if the zucchini is overabundant, you don't want it to go to waste--after all, it's your precious zucchini. You figure out new ways to eat it, you freeze it, and you find a neighbor who doesn't have any.
Humble Hands Harvest's CSA is a bit like that. Each week you'll receive a box of whatever vegetables are ready. These vegetables are yours–something you invested in at the beginning of the season. As with a garden in your backyard, there are no guarantees that certain crops will come at exactly the time you want them. There also may be imperfections, from holes in leaves to an odd-shaped carrot—that's something you risk when you invest in small-scale organic growing practices! Unlike a backyard garden, though, produce from Humble Hands Harvest will come regularly, be a diverse selection of usable items (with an email newsletter!), be clean when you get it, and if the zucchini goes absolutely wild, your farmer will shoulder the responsibility for it.
Each CSA share includes a half bushel of vegetables and a email newsletter with cooking ideas. It costs $400 for the 20-week season, June through October, and you can pick up your share at the Winneshiek Farmers Market on Wednesdays or Saturdays--your choice!
You will receive the same half-bushel box, every other week instead of weekly. A half share costs $225 for 10 boxes, and you'll pick up your share on either Wednesday or Saturday (your choice) at the Winneshiek Farmers Market.
If the concept of a CSA share intimidates you because of a lack of choice, maybe a market share is up your alley. You can invest in the farm at the beginning of the season in increments of $100, and in return receive $110 worth of credit at Humble Hands Harvest’s farmers market stand in Decorah.