(Closed) Joining a CSA / purchasing local, pastured meat ?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I did a CSA for a long time.  Our favorite shut down, and we didn’t really care for our new one.  We also found that during kale season, we had a fair amount of wasted veggies.

Instead we now go down to our local farmers market and purchase weekly!  We got plugged into a local organic free range meat group who actually deliver orders straight to your house.  I haven’t used them for a while, mostly because I’ve been nearly vegetarian lately… but it is a great resource!

What a cool resolution!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm

We’ve been a part of a CSA for the past two years. It’s awesome! We get to try a wide variety of different organic veggies from May-December. Our farm sends an e-newsletter with new recipes each week, and we have a ton of root vegetables left over that we’re still eating. We have opportunities to go pumpkin picking, strawberry picking, and attend a barn dance at our farm too (but we haven’t visited). 

My biggest suggestion is to buy some Debbie Meyer Green Bags. They really help the veggies stay fresh (I thought they were a hoax, but they really do work!), since you get such a large amount all at once (particularly in summer/fall). 

 

 

 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Dorsay- maybe that’s why doing the CSA for us first was advantageous.  It didn’t give me a chance to get into a veggie rut!  I can see that so easily happening.  Instead we opened up a whole new world of crazy veggies right away.

I do miss the newsletters, and I’ll definitely have to try the green bags.  Anything to prolong vegetable life is good.

Oh, I should say, we planted a beautiful organic garden this year and still have crazy brussel sprouts growing all over the place!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I love it! But unfortunately, I never joined a CSA because sometimes you end up with a lot of things you don’t like or don’t know what to do with. I prefer to buy from the farmer’s market so I can pick & choose what I want. But I completely support people joining CSAs! Where you live you may have the option of joining a storefront CSA too which gives you a little more freedom.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm

What’s a storefront CSA? We just pick up a box out of some stranger’s garage each week! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

We just rejoined our CSA and have our first pickup tonight – I’m so excited.  We had dropped it because I was out of the country for several months, and my husband doesn’t care as much.  But I think it’s great, and I actually love not being able to choose my own veggies.  It forces me to mix it up.

One thing that definitely helps is that ours includes really awesome recipes – I make one almost every week, and it helps expand my repertoire for sure.  It probably also helps that, um, I live in Northern CA where the growing season is much longer.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm

@dorsay That’s cool! We can’t exchange anything in our box…we can just leave stuff we don’t like for someone else. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Mrs. DG Send me your unwanted kale! I eat it daily 🙂 hahah

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Ah, if only it would keep, I’d send it all to you!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Thanks for posting on this, D’orsay, I love CSAs! We’re still looking for the best fit for us out here – we tried one once that started sending us stuff from California and even farther away, what the heck?

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have made a very similar resolution!!! I actually watched the documentary “Food Inc” the other day, and it really made me think a lot more about where our food comes from. Especially meat! I’m working really hard to get the best local meat and produce I can get (as challenging as that can be in the winter in Canada). I’m doing good so far!

 

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