My friend, Marisa, introduced me to CSAs (Community-Supported Agriculture). You can purchase a full share or a half share CSA through a local farm and pick up your share of produce every week for the agreed-upon season. I thought this was so awesome! After recently being disappointed by the produce available at chain supermarkets, I thought it was a great way to know exactly where your produce is coming from and support local farming at the same time.
We decided to purchase a half share of a CSA, which equaled about $18/week for the May-October growing season (she graciously prorated it for us since we didn’t move here until last week!). I calculated that I pay more than $18/week at the supermarket for produce, and after seeing how much we received this week I know that it’s a great deal.
I’ll try to go from left to right: carrots, a pint of blueberries, four beets, a pint of raspberries, an enormous amount of lettuce, a leafy green thing that I can’t identify (oops!), snap peas, and green beans.
Wow! I never purchase this large of a variety of produce each week because, quite honestly, we can’t afford to! I’m so excited that we did this.
Are you part of a CSA program? Have you enjoyed your experience?