This year, we’ll be joining a CSA for the first time. A CSA, or community-supported agriculture, is a fantastic way to eat local (and maybe organic) produce, support a local farm, save time and money, and eat more healthfully.
My friend Renee suggested a particular farm which offers a variety of share sizes.
We’ll probably get the “small” share which costs $300 for 22 weeks. That’s a mere $13.64 per week. A large share costs $475, or $21.59.
We’ll get 6-8 varieties of fruits and veggies each week, and on occasion, they’ll toss in some preserves, flowers, baked goods and other treats.
Sounds like a deal to me!
I’ll have to drive just a short distance to my pick-up point each week. I like how I won’t have to stop at a farmers’ market or spend a lot of time in the produce section at the grocery.
And, since I’ll know what types of produce I’ll get each week (it’ll be listed on their web site), it’ll help me plan menus a little quicker.
I’ve never been so excited about produce!
The $300 price tag is a good deal, but it is a lot of money upfront. Since payment isn’t due until May, I’ll set aside some money each month until then to cover our costs.
If you’re thinking about joining a CSA this year, why not start researching your options now? You can choose your CSA and find out how much it’ll cost. Be prepared to add it to your budget now, and enjoy a lower grocery budget during the summer.
Find a CSA in your area by visiting this site.
Have you done a CSA in the past? How was your experience?