3 months ago if you had thrown that abbreviation at me I would have probably thought you were talking about some dumb law and order tv show.
After doing a lot of research into my new organic lifestyle, I’ve come to know those letters as “community supported agriculture” and I think it’s pretty neat. Basically, you pay a farm a share and they provide you with produce- a rotating selection of what’s fresh at the moment.
I decided to take the plunge tonight and find a CSA (aka I saw an ad for a couple in the bloomingfoods newsletter). I ended up with one that will provide produce for 28 weeks from April – October for $16.75/week. My weekly grocery budget is ~$28/week, so I think that still leaves me plenty of leeway. After taking a look at the website for the farm I chose, LIFE certified organic farm, I’m pretty excited about it!
Here are a couple random weeks from thier tentative plan:
-week of April 20th: lettuce, asian greens, kale, beets, green onions,
-week of May 4th: spinach, lettuce, radishes, japanese turnip, green onions, herbs
-week of June 1st: lettuce, kale, collards, radishes, green onions, garlic scapes, cherry tomatoes
-week of July 6th: basil, garlic, cucumbers, tomato, pepper, watermelon, potato
-week of August 5th: heirloom tomato, eggplant, pepper, melon, watermelon, potato
-week of September 7th: chard, cucumber, summer squash, cherry tomatoes, tomato, potato
-week of October 5th: lettuce, arugula, kale, potato, sweet potato, winter squash
Pick ups are every Friday…I can’t wait! I think this is the perfect option for someone who wants reliable produce at a crazy affordable price and can be flexible with what they buy. I don’t know how much of each item you get, but for $16.75 I’d say it’s a pretty good deal.
Here’s to hoping so, anyway 🙂