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Sunday, June 09, 2013

What the heck is CSA you ask? Well I only found out about it this week myself. It stands for Community Supported Agriculture. DH has been looking in to it recently. Basically you pay a certain fee before the growing season and you get a weekly portion of the crops for 15 weeks. DH is really wanting to do this, he likes the idea of non GMO and organic produce. I am game for it, but what scares me is what if you get weird veggies, plus there is no fruit. What also scares me is that we may not get very much veggies in the harvest. I am willing to try it, but with me on maternity leave, I am not bringing in much for money each month and we can't supplement each week because we didn't get much in our box. Here is the link to the farm he is leaning towards fisherfarms.net

Has anyone else tried something like this?
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    I have friends that do this. They have to get creative with recipes, which they love, but keep that in mind. lol They sometimes get a HUGE box of veggies that they have to Google to see what they are actually looking at. lol

    With that said, they have tried and liked things they never would have been exposed to. It is helping locals and that is awesome and you KNOW where your food is actually coming from.
    1588 days ago
    I just started CSA.

    Re: foods you don't like
    If you absolutely have no interest in certain veggies, they will often offer to substitute (mine does), and if you don't know HOW to use them, they can help by providing recipes and suggestions.

    I find if you listen to the farmers' advice, storage hasn't been a problem. Nothing has gone bad faster than supermarket stuffs yet!

    One downside is that there will be weeks that you'll get less, then weeks you get more based on the crops. I'm really happy I started, but it might not be for everyone!

    I'd suggest going to a pickup location and seeing a box, talking to the farmers, and talking to their customers :) Luck!
    1592 days ago
    I used a CSA this year.
    There are definite pros and cons to the situation.
    Pros: Supporting local agriculture. Getting to know the people who supply your food. Knowing exactly where your food comes from. Organics available (mine was). Getting to try a new variety of things.
    Cons: If you get stuff you do not like, it may end up in the trash. The food seemed to go bad more quickly than stuff purchased in the supermarket. You frankly may end up with a lot of stuff you just don't like or aren't interested in eating. The large fee up-front.

    In my case, I ended up throwing away a lot of stuff we didn't like, or that we did like but that went bad before we got a chance to eat it. I'm so glad I only paid for 5 weeks, instead of the full 20. Apparently I don't like nearly as much variety as I had thought I would - turns out my family doesn't like leafy veggies except for spinach and romaine lettuce, which sucks when the first 3 weeks of the growing season yields nothing but leafy greens in your box. For us, it's just better to go to the farmer's market each week and buy the individual items we want. That way we still get organic while supporting local farmers, without throwing our money away.

    That being said, a LOT of people have very different experiences, and love their CSAs.
    1592 days ago
    I have never heard of this but it sounds like a great idea. We have a farmers market nearby that sells local produce and since I live in a townhouse I have to grow what I can in containers on my deck. I usually get a decent crop of tomatoes and peppers and great herbs. I say go for it. If you get veggies you don't know then look up recipes and see what you can do with them. I think it would be fun!
    1593 days ago
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