(Closed) Does anyone participate in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture?)

posted 4 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@sealevels:  I don’t have any experience, but I wanted to chime in since I just signed up for a CSA for the first time!  We are splitting a full share with a coworker and her family since the cost was lower than buying two partial shares.  Also, this way only one family has to be available at the pickup time.  The cost to us is about $16/week, which is probably more than we currently spend on vegetables, but then we don’t eat enough vegetables!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

No, but I like the idea.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@sealevels:  It probably depends CSA to CSA, but usually you get a LOT of veggies with each delivery, so splitting should work out fine.  I think it’s really better to have too few veggies than too many and have them go bad; you can alway supplement with extra veggies from the farmer’s market or a grocery store.

Also, some health insurance plans have “wellness reimbursement” programs that give you money back for having a CSA share (even if it’s just a half share!).  We took advantage of this and got our fruit CSA (which we shared with my sister’s family) for next to nothing.  Something to look into.  🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

FI and I did a half share a few years ago.  I loved it, but even with a half share, we had a hard time using up all of the produce in a week.  I would do it again but only in a summer where we’ll be around a fair amount– it felt impossible when we were away on the weekends a ton.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I haven’t, but the idea’s awesome and I’ve been meaning to!  Friends of mine have and really liked it.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did a traditional CSA a few years ago-  I found that I got alot more exotic vegetables (ie kohlrabi) than I might want and not enough of the stuff I did want (ie tomatoes and green beans).  Last year and this year we signed up for one that gives us a punch card for our local farmers market and then we can pick out what we want for the week (or skip a week if it doesn’t work for our schedule).  There are 3 different sessions throughout the summer.  My fiancee has a reimbursement through his health insurance so it is essentially free.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We have a huge CSA program up here in Northern Cali. I’ve been wanting to participate for a long time but I’m just not 100% sold on it yet. Our main reason is simply because we are both picky eaters (no onions, mushrooms, eggplant) and I suspect that we’ll probably end up with alot of stuff we would never eat. We already eat alot of fresh veggies & have a salad garden out back along with kale, squash, apples and strawberries. I’ll have ot look into my health insurance though- they have a pretty good wellness program so if it’s a big discount to us I could always see if our neighbor or my borther wants to join in. 

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@BeckyS0: If you really are in Humboldt, and live anywhere in the Eureka/Arcata area, check out Redwood Roots farm in Bayside! It’s by the grange. I wanted to do a summer share there this summer, but I’ll be gone too much to make it worth it, so I’m thinking of doing the fall or winter share when I am more stationary. The farm has a classroom with cookbooks, a flower garden, access to a cool trail along the creek, and adorable, friendly farm kitties! They don’t do too many weird vegetables, more standard fare. Not affliated, I just visited it recently and fell in love.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Pepperwoodsy:  I’ve had quite a few ppl telling my to go there- I guess we need to make time for it! It’s rare someone on the bee knows anything about the area up here! I think most of my friends & co-workers do their CSA with some farms more towards Willow Creek & Hoopa. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@BeckyS0: Hello neighbor! 🙂 Willow creek farms probably have way more tomatoes, etc…I never thought of that! I think you are the only other person I’ve seen on the Bee from Humboldt! 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

This is my second summer with a full CSA share — my husband and I manage to get through it just about every week (or freeze or make and freeze stuff with the rest).  They are great (and you might be able to manage a full share) if:

1.)  You like to cook, are willing to cook multiple days a week, and you like to experiment when you cook — with both new vegetables or new recipes.  You might need to think of a number of things to do with eggplant week after week, for instance.

2.)  You don’t travel a ton.  If you are out of town your share will either not get picked up, will be donated to a friend, or rot in the fridge.

3.)  You aren’t picky.  You get what you get and you eat it.  Honestly, I think a lot of pickiness comes from a lack of knowledge of how to cook.  You can make almost anything yummy or to your taste if you know a variety of techniques. 

4.)  You eat a largely vegetarian diet, or at least a large number of veggies.  We do eat meat, but there are nights where we eat a ton of veggies and little else — great for staying thin in the summer and eating healthy!

The biggest benefit is getting some damn tasty veggies that are locally grown and pesticide free.  It is easy to forget how GOOD fresh veggies picked that morning can be.  Last night I picked up my box, roasted beets, sauteed beet greens, had a tomato basil salad and muched down a pile of fresh sugar snap peas.  Awesome.

 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@sealevels:  We do a meat half share.  It’s a 1/3 chicken, pork and beef cuts all prepackaged, locally ground and pasturer raised.

 

Half shares have always worked out for the two of us.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We do, and we love it!  But I should say that I really have to cook *every* night and then also bring leftovers for lunch every day to get through all the food.  Not that I mind – I love cooking and saving money by not eating out at lunch – but it’s something to consider if you aren’t interested in cooking a lot!

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