When we bought our home it came with three raised garden beds which of course meant I immediately envisioned summers with endless supplies of fresh herbs, vegetables and wild flowers without truly understanding the time and energy needed to achieve these results. Somehow, even with my lack of gardening skills, we did manage a couple of seasons with a good supply of herbs and wild flowers. We never managed the vegetables beyond a few tomatoes and one or two anemic bean poles.
Even with our limited success, as each new spring approaches I’m ready to dive in again but I’ve accepted that we probably won’t be feeding ourselves anytime soon. So one of my bucket list items for the year was to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and we’re about to check this one off our list. We bought a half-share of the organic vegetable CSA from Frith Farm in Scarborough.
One item that will come in handy as we pick up our CSA shares is our Pike’s Original Maine Garden Hod which my husband received as a gift from my parents years ago. When we started growing herbs in our raised beds, we needed a way to gather and carry them to the house. This Maine made product was perfect for this task. It’s designed to go from the garden to the kitchen sink. You can gather your herbs and vegetables and then give them a quick rinse without ever taking them out of your garden hod.
Since it’s something that we’ve owned for over ten years I feel confident giving it a five-star rating. It is extremely durable and has held up well over the years. Since we’ve scaled back our gardening because we’re just not that good at it, we haven’t had much need to use the garden hod in recent years.
Even so, our garden hod still has had a prominent place in our kitchen. When not being used as a carrying basket, it hangs by our spice wall and holds extra jars and sauces. We love it, but it hasn’t seen much action recently for its intended use but that is about to change.
With our CSA vegetable share, each week we’ll be able to choose any 6 vegetables from what is in season. We can also pick herbs and flowers from the gardens at Frith Farms. It’s going to be a great chance to use our garden hod again filling it with fresh herbs, or using it to carry our vegetable shares.
I am looking forward to trying new recipes and incorporating fresh, local organic vegetables into our weekly meal planning. I’m also excited to explore their herb garden and to be using our Pike’s Garden Hod basket again. It’s a great, durable product that will be spending the summer in our car transporting vegetables and herbs from the farm to our table.
Do you enjoy gardening? Have you ever joined a CSA?
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|Company Name||Maine Garden Products | Pike’s Garden Hod|
|Address||67 Lagrange Rd.
|Website||Pike’s Garden Hod|