Here at UA, we feel that education is key. So in this new blog series, our CEO Joe Chou will answer common questions we receive from members and customers.
Our first question:
Why do I often see the same items repeated in my share?
“Collard greens, again? More kale?” Yes, you’ve likely noticed that in certain seasons, the produce shares will have an abundance of items such as kale, collard greens, squash, etc. When you’re eating seasonally and locally, you’ll often see many of the same items repeated for weeks in a row.
Why? Probably the biggest reason is that the ability for a small local organic farmer to plant, grow, tend, and harvest one variety of plant is vital to their ability to sell in large quantities. Our farmers work on a fraction of the acreage compared to most commercial farms, and the ability to use the same equipment, tools, containers, and same methods to harvest for a few weeks in a row greatly helps efficiency and revenue capabilities of that farm. We’re also working with so many new, smaller farmers that mastering and being successful with just a few items alone can be a challenge.
Another factor that affects what we can source locally is simply the Texas climate and agricultural landscape. We hope to get enough organic farmers on board in the years ahead that diversity isn’t so much an issue.
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So eat your greens, make sure to check our Recipes page for inspiration, and keep an open mind. And when all else fails, there’s a “swap bin” at your pickup location so you can always swap an item you don’t want for something else.
The next question Joe will be answering is, “Why do you bring in out-of-state produce?” Stay tuned…and feel free to comment below if there are certain questions you’d like us to answer in a future post.