Oddly enough, this was more of a problem for me before I began ordering produce thru a CSA. I think because I'm paying slightly more for my produce now, and because I'm intrigued by the variety and supplied with recipes for what's in my box, I'm doing a better job of eating everything within the week. I also have a family of 5, which helps. As soon as I get the big head(s) of lettuce, I wash them and cut them into salad-sized bites, and store them in a large ziploc. Getting the lettuce a bit wet and transferring it to a ziploc seems to keep it crisper,longer. I just make it a point to do a big salad with dinner every night. The fruit goes quickly, but this week, I did have to toss a couple of apricots that were getting mushy. But I can totally relate to your dilema, as I have historically always had to toss produce gone uneaten/bad.
I pay $30 a week for a "gourmet box", (there are "fruit only" boxes, "raw/juicing" boxes, etc) that contains different stuff every week, save a couple of things. Red lettuce, butter lettuce, sugar snap peas, strawberries, apricots, garlic, dino kale, potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, apples, zucchini, kiwi, red onion, culinary lavender, and rosemary are some of the things I've gotten. I have the option to pay for "add-ons", which are advertised (by email) each week, and can substitue up to 2 items for different items of similar worth/cost. This week, I added on sweet basil, ginger root, and parsley, for buck each. I can add on eggs, but have not seen meat before, so that's cool for Kasana. Mary gives us a recipe or two each week also, for something in the box. The week I got the culinary lavender, I made some great whole wheat lavender blueberry muffins with the recipe provided.
For "variety", My CSA adds a few things that are not locally grown. The bananas, for example, are organic, but not local. Most of the stuff though, is certified organic and grown on their farm.
their website is http://www.ccmof.com/
I didn't have to pay a membership fee, and could order on weeks I want to, as opposed to getting a box every week. But I love my surprise box each week.
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I am pretty new to this as well. I will point you to the website for the CSA that I have joined. I am signed up for 1/4 bushel of produce a week, as well as 2 rotating "generic" meats, and a dozen farm fresh eggs. I am charged $40 a week for the food, and first week paid a $25 dollar membership as well as first and last weeks payment. They deliver to our company each Wednesday since we have at least 10 people signed up.
I have so far received 3 shipments, which were:
Week 1: 2 types of lettuce, 1 bag watercress, 1 bundle scallions, 1 bunch radishes, 1 basket strawberries 1 dozen eggs 1 whole chicken, 2 new york strip steak
I have a couple of questions for you CSA-ers (if that's a word). We sell produce at the local farmers market, and we also deliver produce to customers on Fridays. The Friday thing started when a good friend and customer took a job that required her to work weekends. We started deliveries to her, and the Friday deliveries have boomed through word of mouth. We now deliver to about a dozen people each Friday.
Currently, we email them with what's available on Thursday and they tell us what they want. We have two customers with a standing order for one of everything, and a third who told us to surprise her with $20 worth of produce each week.
We feel like we are moving in the direction of a CSA, and a couple of customers have expressed interest in that sort of a set up. But we have some questions (see, I finally got to the question part!). Do you get the same amount of food each week? Is it the same weight or the same volume? Or would it translate to the same dollar amount? After all, snow peas are more expensive than kale, so if you received the same dollar amount, you'd receive a different volume of produce each week.
I sure hope someone can shed some light on this for me. Thanks in advance!
I found one that is at least 30 or more minutes away but was unable to get started with it due to trying to buy a home in the very near future so I really did not have the cash to put up front for the total cost. It sounds like such a wonderful idea. Is it as cost effective that it sounds? Is it hard to get ideas for things you have never tried before but received in your weekly basket? When they say it feeds 4 people for a week, is that pretty accurate? Or do you still have to supplement with extra veggies from a store to feed that amount of people? Thanks for the answers!
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I just joined a CSA this year as well, and so far am loving it! This is the 3rd week, and it's neat to see the different veggies each week - although so far it's been a lot of lettuce.
We got garlic scapes in our box this week, which I've never had before, so I'm really looking forward to trying them out! The CSA I found also sells free range non-hormone injected meat, which is great.
Exciting stuff! A couple other people at work are doing it as well, which is fun, since we get our boxes at the same time and share recipes and ideas.
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That is great! We found one too. Well I've tried to get into couple for a couple years, but the lotteries were so stiff, we never made it. But while at our local co-op which hosts a kinda winter farmer's market on Saturdays, I found a newly started CSA, I gave her a check for a half share then and there. So I COMPLETELY understand your excitement.
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You know, I've been on local harvest for 2 years and couldn't find anything closer than 30 mins (drive) away! They did open an "American Market" close by my house last summer, but it's been mostly crafts and you have to pay $3 just to park, because it's in a hoity-toity resort. They have very few actual veggies, some house plants, and honey. :/ Not really what I'm looking for.
So, this CSA just THRILLS me!!! WHOOOPPEEE!
I realized too that I've eaten vegetarian for 3 days in a row, without even meaning to, because good food was available.
If it's available, I'll eat it. It's just hard to get good stuff where I live, but NO MORE!
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Lol! Your enthusiasm and joy literally jumps out of my screen! Congrats on finding a csa near you. Did u find yours on localharvest.org? mine is only miles down the street, and it's organic, so I feel lucky for that! Enjoy!
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For literally YEARS I have been looking for a CSA in my area - specifically an organic CSA, but frankly, I was willing to take just about anything that wasn't shipped from another country and devoid of all taste.
I am almost in TEARS of joy! I FOUND ONE!!
I'm so excited I could run laps!
I'm really over the moon!
About a year ago, I started buying hormone-free milk, and guess what - I lost weight. I think that the hormones the cows are given to bulk them up bulk people up, as well.
And now...my veggies will be sweet and pure. I expect to be BURSTING with health over the summer. I can almost hear my blood singing with delight already!
Wow...I feel so hippy-drippy that I might go put on some Peter, Paul & Mary and light some insense! (Actually, PP&M was before my time, so I don't really know what they sound like, but hey...it sounds good when you write it. LOL! )
Can anyone tell how excited I am to end this long search?
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