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!
That box is filled with so many awesome vegetables and fruits every week. We’ve received a huge lot of blueberries (probably more than 2 pints each of the past two weeks), delicious raspberries, tomatoes, red potatoes, mixed greens, and more. This week, we opened our box to find 12 ears of sweet corn, carrots, zucchini, kohlrabi, lettuce, green beans, blueberries, and jam. So delicious!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I highly recommend joining 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?