Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) Programs
April 14, 2009 3 Comments
I’ve been thinking a lot the past few weeks about joining a CSA. Essentially a produce co-op. There are quite a few in my area, and many are already starting to fill up space.
I love the idea of getting a box of fresh, local vegetables every week. Trying new vegetables I wouldn’t otherwise try and finding new recipes for some of the ones that I receive regularly.
Since I live by myself (well, and the dog and 2 cats), I don’t need a whole lot of fresh vegetables (though recently I have started also cooking for my dog and he LOVES veggies – this is a WHOLE ‘nother post, which I may do if he continues having meals cooked for him).
So the pros are fairly obvious:
*Locally grown – good impact on my carbon footprint
*Seasonal and variety of vegetables (I have a theory that if you simply eat vegetables and fruits only while in season you’ll always have the correct mix of nutrients)
*I will eat more veges because they’re around
There are also some cons:
*Expensive – well not terribly so, but it tends to average around $14/week. I’ll tell you this much, I am currently not spending $14/week on vegetables.
*Possibility of a whole box of vegetables that I don’t like
I think that spending $14/week on vegetables isn’t too bad, considering that my weekly budget is $70/week on food.
I may ask Cpt. Baseball if he wants to do this with me, then it would only be $7/week each. And we would end up probably just using up the vegetables cooking food together on the weekend (which would mean that we’ll be EATING IN and SAVING MONEY!), so that would be a win-win situation. =)
Have you done a CSA before? Did you think it was worth it? I’d love to hear people’s thoughts on this.