Meet Bob and Joan

Bob and Joan WilliamsMeet Bob and Joan! This is the second in our series of posts about how different Eighth Day Farm CSA members make the most of their shares.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

We are an active retired couple. Bob grew up in New Jersey and Joan here in Holland. We met at college in Iowa and have been married for 52 years. We lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida before moving to Holland 25 years ago. Bob worked mostly in social services until the last 10 or so years that he spent in the woodworking industry. Joan taught Home Economics for many years and enjoys cooking, quilting, and knitting.

Why/how did you decide to become a CSA member?

Bob has always been an avid gardener and we have had gardens for many years. Three years ago he had rotator cuff surgery and his doctor said he was not to garden that summer, so we joined Eighth Day Farm. While we still have a garden each year we continue to stay with the CSA. Between the CSA and our garden we really have more produce than we can use, but freeze and can enough to last us most of the year and give the extra to friends.

Tell us about your experience with Eighth Day Farm.

We have enjoyed volunteering at pick-up day and meeting many new folks as well as the interns and other workers. We have also enjoyed the farm potlucks and book group. This year we are a host family for one of the farm’s interns, Maddie Buckner. We will enjoy spending time with her and getting to know her better. We also plan to help with Tuesday pick-ups.

What vegetable are you most excited about this year, and how do you like to prepare it?

We mostly eat a plant based whole foods diet so are delighted with all the produce that is raised without chemicals. Bob is especially waiting for the cabbage so we can make sauerkraut and enjoy it all winter.