I love belonging to a CSA. I'm a foodie, and I prefer fresh produce from the garden. Since I'm not in a situation to grow all of my own veggies, belonging to a CSA is the next best thing. I also love the variety & challenge of trying out new veggies and recipes.
One of my goals is to eat more sustainably -- including more local & seasonal produce, so using a CSA definitely helps me fulfill these goals. I also enjoy having a personal relationship with the people growing my food, and a chance to visit & even help out on the farm where the food is grown.
Financially, it is slightly less expensive for us to go the CSA route than to just shop at the farmers market. But more than that, by purchasing a membership early in the year, I am committing to support the farm -- my farmers use the money from the membership to purchase seeds & all the things needed to plant & grow their crops for the year. By helping with these costs early, I'm supporting the viability of small family farms.
If we have extra veggies, we share with friends or donate to the food shelf. In fact, our CSA farm donates a potion of their harvest to local food banks as a matter of course, as well as allowing us members to donate part of our share as well.
Edited by: HUNNYTHISTLE at: 4/2/2010 (21:11)
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