Indian Farm Box - Solution
Our Solution : Heirloom Organic Locally Grown
Understanding this problem, my wife and I, have personally sourced heirloom (ancient) seed varieties directly from farmers in India with a focus on taste and originality.
With our partners in India - small farmers, small scale breeders, and local seed growers, we have been able to source not only the Desi (heirloom) seeds of standard normal vegetables like Bottle Gourd, Bitter Melon, Eggplants, chili, Ridge gourd, tomatoes, okra, dosakkai, etc. but we have also been able to source many unique vegetable seeds from different regions of India.
We at Gopal Farm NY are now probably the largest repository of Indian Heirloom Vegetable seeds and we continue to grow them each year. We are hoping that seeing the enthusiastic usage of these local desi vegetables in the USA, local farmers, Chefs, and households in India will start growing and using them more thereby reviving the usage of healthy flavorful local seasonal vegetables.
Since 2016, we have been trialing them at our NY farm using better than Organic practices. We use a combination of ancient Indian Agriculture techniquesas well as modern implements and knowledge.
We have been grateful that many renowned Chefs of NYC have trialed them for us and included them in their seasonal recipes.
Some Vegetables grow well, and some do not. So we try to find a close replacement from another region in India. Due to the cold climate hence shorter growing period we test various techniques to grow them longer. The high cost of Labor in USA compared to India is another constraint.
These vegetables are then picked when they are just ripe, largely only a day before they are delivered to you or you could even come and pick them up yourself!
Or you could come with your family and help plant them at the beginning of the season!
Previous year's CSA box receivers consistently list three reasons to continue to source their weekly Indian Vegetables from us:
1. Taste and nutrition as the most important reason
2. Family's health by sourcing their Organic Indian vegetables from a local farm.
3. Convenience of home deliveries.