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I'm not sure if I've posted this in the right place, if not, I apologize...I need a little help. We have previously joined a local organic CSA and we were not pleased at all last year with the little amount of food we received for the large amount of money we invested. I have recently found a local company that markets and distributes produce from the area to restaurants, etc. The average person can buy from them as well, but they only sell in bulk, so I, personally cannot always use 50lbs. of, say, potatoes. I want to try to start my own coop using them, but I have no clue how to do it. I have several people that would be interested, but I'm not sure how to work out the logistics of it. Would I send out a list stating what I'm buying for the week and ask people if they are in? Would I take orders? But, then I'm worried of only one family orders, say, 2 lbs. of apples, I don't want to be stuck with the other 18 lbs., kwim? Any ideas?? Thanks so much!!!
 

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Have you checked localharvest.org and see if there are any other CSAs in your area that got better ratings?<br><br>
Starting a coop seems like such a daunting amount of work...
 

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I'd say, try to start with another CSA. I know when I had a CSA, I had TOO much food. My family could not eat that much food before it went bad, which is why I'm back to farmer's marketing it (plus, I love the farmers market, though I admit I don't get there every week or even close, atm. I'm working on it.)
 

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I think you need a good amount of people- the co-op that I'm a member of has 24 people. They charge monthly and each week it is a different list. You have to be a good member to keep your place, and they sometimes have a wait list. Knowling you can count on the money is an important factor, unless you could use a whole 20 lb casr of something! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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