I'm toying with the idea of buying a CSA share from a local farm this season (I've been thinking about it for a couple years) but I'm having trouble taking the plunge. I'd appreciate your thoughts.
Here's the scoop:
The share provides about a half bushel of veggies per week for 19 weeks. The produce is organic and obviously, quite fresh. They say that this quantity could feed 2 veggie loving adults or 3-4 more moderate veggie eaters. There's just DH and I and DD (age 2) and she doesn't eat terribly much produce aside from apples, bananas, pears, and some peas and broccoli.
Items grown include greens, beans/peas, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, squash, melons, corn, etc. Most of these are items that we do not typically buy organic (we usually buy organic milk, eggs, bananas, broccoli, spinach, apples, and carrots).
The cost of a share is $355 if I pick up from the farm (about 20 min from home) or $395 if I pick up from a local drop point (not sure where that would be).
So here are my questions/concerns:
1. I'm afraid that the cost (approx $15-$20/week) will be more that I would typically have spent on produce during that same time period, and I'll still be needing to go out and buy DD's apples, bananas, and pears.
2. I'm concerned about waste-either that the food will rot before we can eat it all, or that we'll throw out items that we don't eat (neither DH or I care for peppers or radishes for example and both are on the grow list-I'm also not sure what I'd do with a bunch of tomatillos or kale for example).
3. As an FYI, I don't have anybody to split the share with-most of our family/freinds live about an hour away and the only local people I know who might be interested are already buying full shares of their own (and they want full shares).
I welcome hearing your thoughts/experiences, especially from those of you who have participated in similar programs. I can also pm the link to the specific CSA if people want more details before providing input (I just felt weird linking to them publically for some reason).
ETA; Adding more info based upon additional research-there's another CSA program at a different farm also 20 min away. They offer a 1/2 share program which allows one to pick up 3/4 bushel of produce (50% more food) every other week for 20 weeks (an additional week) at a cost of $285. They sell 130 shares vs. the other farm's 75 shares. They are not certified organic but have submitted for certification (so obviously organic growing practices are in place).
Another option: a weekly farmer's market also about 20 min. away. Says they have approx. 30 vendors selling fruits/veggies and other healthy goods. Would be fresh and I could pick/choose, but I don't know what the pricing/availability would be or if the items are organic.
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