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#1 of 18 Old 01-03-2008, 03:20 PM - Thread Starter
 
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There is a CSA a half-hour away from me; I'm on a strict budget but am considering joining again in the spring (I did it two years ago but not last year). I love some of the stuff, but there was plenty I didn't eat as well (some weeks I found myself making the hour round-trip just to get some tomatoes), and here at home it's just my son (and it's not easy to get him to eat new veggies) and myself. So as much as I want to support the farm, I'm also weighing the cost of membership. What is the membership like in your area? I'm in NY state, an hour north of NYC.

The cost of their shares are:

Full produce share: $725 if you do not work 15 hours during the course of the season, and $600 if you put in the 15 hours.

Small produce share: $425 non-working/ $350 if you put in 10 hours during the season.

The small produce share is more than enough for me. The season runs from June till the end of October as weather permits. You pick up your veggies once a week.

This is the only CSA I've ever been involved in...I'm curious what it's like elsewhere!
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Ours is $550 for the season, no work required.

It runs from June through mid-October.

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I was just looking this up. It's $420 for a share and the season is May-Oct.
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Our CSA used to be about what the first poster listed, but didn't do the discount for helping.

It was changed to an all year program were you were expected to spend $2000 per year (you could go togther with as many others as you wanted). Since we never found another family/families to partner with we decided to not join for next year.
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Our CSA can be paid weekly, or even monthly. The fees are $15 or $60 respectively.

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The csa we belonged to for the last two years ran $410.00 for a full share, and the season ran from mid-june to early october.

This year we are trying a different program which runs weekly all year round. This one costs about $2500 a year, but offers more options. We will get 1/2 bushell of produce every week and we get to select the items and quantities we want. This program also offers things like stone-ground flours and free-range eggs. I also like the fact that this farm runs all it's vehicles on waste veggie oil and does most of it's farm work with draft animals. Additionally they deliver to my house.

It sounds like alot of money, but since we are mostly vegetarian and we can pick and choose I'm hoping it will work out to be better for us. We live in the mountains of colorado, so local produce is always expensive.
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$475 runs June - Oct for 20 weeks.

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Mine is $475 and runs from mid May to mid October. I split a share with a friend and it was plenty for us, and we each have a family of 4.
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I pay 45.00 for a small box with lots of stuff, I always end up buying additional items so I pay around 120.00 per month all year. I live in Alaska and the CSA farm flys it to the village I live in. Very nice of them.
Here's what it usually look like:

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Year round, no help required, $17 a week with a discount for prepaying.
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$500 for the season, which runs Jun 1 - Oct 30. You do not have to work on the farm.

We get TONS of produce every week and can go pick stuff directly at the farm as well (strawberries, raspberries, peas, flowers, herbs, soybeans, etc).
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Ours seems to be on par for what the op posted, but we can get a working share, which is 100 hours of work over the course of the season, no $. If you don't do all the work, you get a bill at the end of the year.

If you find you aren't cooking what's in your basket, you may want to invest in Farmer John's Cookbook, a year of cooking in a csa. Tasty recipes for all the weird veggies you don't know what to do with!
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I forgot to add, with mine you can get a "working share" at half price by working for a couple of hours at the distribution point on the delivery day, as opposed to working at the farm. I thought this sounded like a great deal if you couldn't afford the regular share.
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Ours is $525.00 for a full share (3-5 people, all certified organic) with no work involved.
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I pay 45.00 for a small box with lots of stuff, I always end up buying additional items so I pay around 120.00 per month all year. I live in Alaska and the CSA farm flys it to the village I live in. Very nice of them.
Here's what it usually look like:

http://simmonsfamilytwoandgrowing.bl...ith-wings.html
Ahh! I thought we did the same CSA when you said they ship to Alaska! I am local to them here in Seattle so I pay $29 for a weekly pick-up but usually add in some extras and spend around $40 a week total. Not a traditional CSA, but it is all organic and has more variety. Also I love that it is year round. As I said on the no-spend thread, it keeps me out of the grocery store too!

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$500 for a full share, $250 for a half. From Feb-Oct. We will get stuff next month - so excited! Although gardening in Sudbury weather? :
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Ahh! I thought we did the same CSA when you said they ship to Alaska! I am local to them here in Seattle so I pay $29 for a weekly pick-up but usually add in some extras and spend around $40 a week total. Not a traditional CSA, but it is all organic and has more variety. Also I love that it is year round. As I said on the no-spend thread, it keeps me out of the grocery store too!
I love this csa, I am go grateful that they ship it to me. It keeps me out of the grocery store too. I don't go to the grocery store until the day I receive my box, and then I get only basic stuff. I used to constantly go to the grocery store for crap veggies and buy extra stuff I didn't need like ice cream and licorice. You are so lucky to live by them. Their website and online shopping is very nice too!
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ours is going to be $500 for the season. (Apr-Oct)

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