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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Belleville, Illinois, USA
Living In: Papillion, Nebraska, USA
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A bit off topic, but still food related. Has anyone here ever signed up for a CSA? More info inside

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Last updated: Mar. 24, 2013 11:37 am
Posted: Mar. 23, 2013 10:11 am
Answered by: annekj
Mar. 23, 2013 10:15 am
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Basically, you pay so much money up front and then every week for a specified number of weeks you get a bag of locally harvested fruits/vegetables from a local farmer. I have always wanted to try it, but the pick up schedule has never been convenient. Now, my work is trying to get enough people to have a delivery there. I would like to get thoughts from people who have tried it. Did you feel like it was worth it?
Mar. 23, 2013 10:33 am
I wish I lived in an area where this was possible. Farm fresh produce is the only way to go. Luckily I am able to purchase my beef directly from the producers. Half the price and twice the quality.
Mar. 23, 2013 10:42 am
I liked the idea, but there are only two of us at home and there was always way too much. I didn't really want to give it all away, so we stopped participating in ours. It was fun to see what you'd get, although a LOT of our box was not locally grown, but organics from all over.
Mar. 23, 2013 10:53 am
I used to work with a guy who participated in a CSA with some of his neighbors. He loved it! It's a little tough when you are sharing because you have to make decisions on who gets what. But overall he and his wife really enjoyed it. You just have to be somewhat open minded/inventive because you can get some crazy stuff in there. Every now and then he would get either too much of something or something he just didn't want and he would bring it to work and sell it or give it away. Based on what I saw, I would join one in a heartbeat if I could. You can't possibly beat flash local food delivered straight to your door!!!
Mar. 23, 2013 10:56 am
That's FRESH local food. I have never been flashed by food before. Lol
Colleen T
Mar. 23, 2013 11:00 am
I did it last year for the first time and I loved getting different things than I had tried before. It was kind of a puzzle trying to figure out what meals I could make with what I got. Where I got mine they had a full share or a half share. I'm only one person, so I thought the half share would work. Unfortunately, even that was way too much food. My pickup day was Thursdays and I would go through and put away what I knew I could use and bring the rest to work the next day for others to take. If I had more people to cook for I would do it again, but as it's only me I won't. But if you have a family to cook for, you should go for it.
gderr the dysfunctional
Mar. 23, 2013 11:03 am
i joined i last year. we have 3 locally. 2 at an up-scale" downtown market days." i didnt feel it was worth it. i always checked to see which csa had the best offerings. neither justified the cost. too much replication from week to week...i still have garlic from last year for instance. i live in south georgia and we never recieved any peaches or melons...amazing! nope i did try some things i had never had before, but now i know why i didn't like them. nope, i'm out on these. i like the idea of the csa, supporting local farmers...but heck i can still do that at the same place w/o csa.
Mar. 23, 2013 11:23 am
Nothing like that out here, but it would be nice if there was.
Mar. 23, 2013 11:29 am
Thanks for all of your responses. I'm going to sign up. 25 people have to sign up to make it work. It is a big company, but I don't know if that many will sign up. It was kind of a short notice. I'm excited.
Mar. 23, 2013 2:35 pm
Camper, I am very impressed. There is no way we could ever eat everything we got, especially with a garden. Do you have a huge freezer?
Mar. 24, 2013 7:45 am
We don't have csa in our area, but something similar-Bountiful Baskets-all fresh produce & as local as possible.It is availalble in many states w/usually a W/E pick-up. Ours is at a local school & yesterday there were 26 orders to fill-in town they go up to 90 or so & often are sold out before the odering time is over.
Mar. 24, 2013 11:37 am
No, that's great...we try to eat a lot of veggies too, but I apparently am not as good as it as you! We only have our side-by-side fridge and freezer, so I don't have extra room for freezing at lot. I'm sort of leery of a separate one after watching my mom fill one up for years with stuff no one ever ate! Plus, we don't have anywhere to keep one.
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