We Joined a CSA!

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?

Comments

  1. Woot! I’m glad you signed up! We got a ton of strawberries and stir fry vegetables last week. Andy made a big stir fry for himself using about 1/3 – 1/2 of the veggies. He said we could probably make one more stir fry and a big salad. If we can make a couple of vegetarian meals a week plus a couple of salads, we’re definitely saving money! And I never would have thought to purchase some of these veggies. Like kohlrabi, pak choy, spring turnips, or garlic scapes. Mostly because the name sounds intimidating and I don’t know how to cook with them. But our weekly newsletter gives cooking tips, which is great!

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  1. […] We bought a half-share of a CSA (community-supported agriculture) from a local farm when we moved here in June.  Every week, we go pick up our box of produce from our farm’s tent at the local farmer’s market.  I absolutely love it! […]

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