I just joined a CSA and I'm super excited. Unfortunately, there's some delayed gratification as the deliveries don't begin until July 6th, but I'm excited that my husband and I are taking this step to commit to organic veggies, etc. We also recently purchased a 1/4 of a grain fed cow, and our friend is raising chickens for us. It's going to be a great summer!
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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This is the first year that we joined a co-op. My honey is a chef and he LOVES cooking all kinds of veggies. We both love the idea of getting fresh food and supporting local farmers. A bit expensive, but it's a really good way for us to spend our money.
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The co-op we are looking at seemed expensive at first too, but once I broke down the cost for the entire time we would be receiving the produce, it came up to $7 a day for me and my spouse. We love vegetables and fruits and haven't really expanded on new produce, so we thought this would be a good idea.
The co-op also encourages members to come to the farm and volunteer too. It sounds really fun! We just moved out of the city, so we're trying to participate in suburban life as much as possible. I'll keep you all posted on what we get and how the experience is!
This is the first year we will be doing it. I was at the library and one of the ladies there told me about it. I'm excited about it. I'll be going to see the farm in the next week or so when I take my last check down. We figured it out and we should save some money if it's a good farming year. We'll see. I'm anxious to try some new recipes as well. It did seem expensive at first but when we broke it down it wasn't that bad.
Yes, I do belong to a CSA and love it. I calculated my costs for the season and believe that we will be spending less money than usual at the grocery. Additionally, we like to eat seasonally and locally. I have found it interesting to eat new veggies and enjoy finding new ways of preparing.
I belonged to a CSA for 5 years. I'm not rejoining this year because our church has planted a garden and started a co-op which is much cheaper since we need to put in volunteer hours. It is just a few blocks away so it will be easy to walk over and get my hours in and pick up my vegetables.
I liked the CSA, it made me try a lot of new greens and vegetables that I wouldn't have purchased on my own, but since I had already paid for it, I figured out how to prepare it and then ate it. I started eating healthier and incorporating many of these foods into my diet all year long. You do get vegetables that you don't like thought and then you either have to find someone who likes it or throw it away.
I'm assuming it's the same thing as a CSA (community supported agriculture). We were part of a CSA for a little while but found that we were spending way too much money. Their box for a family of 4 just wasn't enough for the two of us (we eat a lot of freggies). And you usually don't get to choose what you get so it makes it difficult finding recipes. We just go to the farmer's market and our backyard now.
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