Originally Posted by BetsyS
Wow, Courtenay, that's some CSA! I'm curious--how much do you pay for the season, how long is your season, and are most weeks similar in size or much smaller?
Um, yes, our CSA really does rock! We pay $520 for our season (which is around 20 weeks...if it goes a little longer, she divvys it up till the plants stop producing), and ALSO owe 30 work hours per family. For us, it's fairly easy to get the work hours off of our plate, because as soon as kids can put in a fair amount of work, we're allowed to count their hours, as well...so we can get a ten hour month out of the way in a morning as a family, so it's WELL worth our time! We've found that this specific CSA gets about 2/3 to a half again more than the other CSA's in our area. Part of this is because our farmers ONLY cater to our CSA, and keep the number of families they grow for down to a specific number every year, and they don't usually increase the number of families, though they DO increase the number of crops they grow from year to year. Also, they ALWAYS grow quite a bit more than they think they'll need in a given year to feed their families...that way, if there is crop damage, drought (although they only use drip irrigation whenever they can, so they're not often affected by drought), frost, or whathave you, they have enough extra to still give us a "normal" amount. In the end, this means that when the summer crops start going crazy, there is plenty to share...and our friends who belong to other CSA's end up coming to OUR farm to buy their surplus. BUT surplus is NEVER sold until we get our shares first. And my trunk is always so full I NEVER have room for it all in the fridge! Diane, our farmer's, goal, is that we'll have enough produce to last us the week, and that much again to put up for the winter. Did I mention that our CSA rocks?...
This week we got:
*10 lbs of slicing and past tomatoes
*3 lbs of hybrid tomaotes (I love to make southern tomato pie, sauce, and tomato soup with these!)
*5 lbs of cherry and juliet (small paste) tomatoes
*4 lbs of tomatillos
*1 Large zucchini, 3 small zucchinis
*5 small summer and patty pan squash (small being about 3/4 of my fist sized)
*four heads of lettuce
*a shopping bag full of BEAUTIFUL kale
*a HUGE "large early dutch" cabbage
*two foot ball sized cabbages (shaped like a football, too...I use them for slaw)
*a small red hot pepper
* a green pepper
*four heads of cauliflower
*23 pounds of potaotes (with probably 5-10 pounds more coming in the next week)
* a produce bag full of basil
* two shopping bags full of beans, one of flat romanos and one of string style
*four cups of ground cherries
oh, and I had made available to me my fourth 10lb box of organically grown blueberries (for $30)
There was more, but I can't remember what it was...my share gets picked up on Monday and it's already been a LONG week!