We belong to a CSA Farm, or Community Supported Agriculture. Every week from May – October we get a box full of fruits and vegetables that are grown on the farm…our share of what was grown that week. At the beginning of the season we pay a subscription, which works out to be $20 per week. Each week the farm, which is about 20 miles from our home, delivers boxes to pre-arranged drop-off locations for its members. The produce is all organic and we are lucky enough that our farm offers such a splendid diversity of fresh grown goodies. There’s usually 12-15 different kinds of things in our box each week and they even offer honey and eggs for an additional fee.
I know many of you know how this CSA thing works, but for some I know the concept is new. If this all sounds intriguing to you, I honestly can’t recommend it enough. We’ve been doing in now for about 5 years and plan on participating in CSA for the rest of our lives.
The benefits as I see it are:
I find that the cost is really affordable. Honestly, think about what $20 buys you in the grocery store in the produce aisle. Not a whole lot of lackluster fruits and vegetables, that’s what. Now we do spend additional money at the farmers’ market each week, but that’s usually just because we want to buy something special and also support the farmers’ market, not because we actually don’t get enough produce in our farm share. Our box can easily feed a family of four for one week. We often find the need to freeze or preserve some of our share, share it with others or invite more people to dinner!
Here’s a sampling of what came in last week’s box…as well as a couple of things I made with our share.