by Lisa Tome
Until a few years ago, suburbanite Tom Paduano thought food came from the grocery store.
Now Paduano, and his wife, Sarah Rider, who has an agronomy degree from Penn State, are living off the land at their Rising Sun area farm.
"It's awesome here," said Paduano, who bought the local farm in November. Prior to that, the couple lived on a farm in Joppa.
Four weeks ago they built the greenhouse which will supplement their acres of crops. They are now ready for another season of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). A CSA allows people to pay up front in exchange for a share of what's grown. They have been hosting CSAs for several years and now have more land on which to grow.
"You become a member of the farm. You can join in winter and early spring," said Paduano.
After paying the cost, CSA members will receive weekly shares of the harvest. The CSA season at Flying Plow Farm runs from the end of May until the the week before Thanksgiving.
"The CSA is vegetables only," said Paduano. The farm also has eggs as well as chicken and beef.
The vegetable selection includes spring kale, lettuce, lettuce mix, turnips, kohlrabi, beets, carrots, cucumbers, summer squash, tomatoes, and more. There are also fall crops. Those who join the CSA can opt for weekly pick ups on Tuesday/Wednesday or Friday/Saturday. CSA membership also entitles members to pick your own crops including cherry tomatoes and peas.
The farm is not organic at this time. They are certified transitional because the fields were used for conventional farming. The organic certification will be reached in three years. For more information regarding joining the CSA online go to flyingplowfarm.com.