A New Way to Buy Your Veggies!

For a long time I would go to the local farmer’s market and buy fresh vegetables.  I usually went to the same farmers and bought the same things every week.  It was delicious, but I got burnt out pretty fast.  While I was there one week, I learned about a CSA and decided to investigate.  Here’s what I learned and why I decided to try this new way to buy my veggies.

A New Way to Buy Your Veggies

What is a CSA and should I join one?

CSA stands for community supported agriculture.  The simplest way to explain how a CSA works is that a local farm organizes a bunch of buyers and we all pay at set fee and split the farm’s harvest.  Each farm that has a CSA will vary on size and produce grown.  My CSA is limited to 250 people.  So for 20 weeks a year, I get my cut of what’s being harvested.  I pay a set fee (upfront) and every Saturday I go pick up my box from the farm (right down the road) or I can go to the farmers market and pick up my weekly bounty.

Over the course of the 20 weeks, my box included a wide variety of fresh, local vegetables such as… 

Tomatoes, cucumbers, several varieties of lettuce and other greens, herbs, kale, beets, spinach, swiss chard, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, radishes, onions, collards, potatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, squash, zucchini, eggplant,  green beans, cantaloupe, sweet peppers, sweet corn, tomatillos, watermelon, sweet potatoes and even fresh garlic and other awesome herbs.  

Questions to ask about your CSA

1. What do you grow? If you don’t like most of the veggies, don’t do it.
2. How many weeks does it last?
3. How many people will a week’s worth of veggies feed?
4. Do you have different sized boxes to choose from?
5. Am I required to volunteer? In my research I found that some farms require you to go in and help at the farm for a few hours during the season. I chose a farm that didn’t have that requirement.

I love eating healthy and trying foods I normally would not eat. I was finding new recipes to incorporate all the things I was getting. Each CSA is different, but I had enough left over each week to freeze quite a bit and we have been enjoying them all winter.

Don’t know where to find a CSA? Ask around at your local farmers market and you will probably find one. I just signed up for mine and I can’t wait for my first box this year.

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4 Responses

  1. Dana says:

    I wish they had something similar to the CSA by me! We do have a nice farmer’s market that I love to go to and purchase our fruits and veggies.

  2. Erica says:

    Hi Holly! Yay, I love our CSA! We do it every spring/summer to supplement our garden! We are always excited when we go pick up our bushel and see what’s in it! Thanks for the post! xoxo

    • Holly says:

      Awesome! I can’t think of a better way. I love getting my box!

  3. Ally Fiesta says:

    These are always great ideas. I live near a couple of farmer’s markets so it’s nice to go down there and pick up the items myself. I am also working with an urban mushroom farmers so I like to network with the other farmers.

    It is surprising to track what we’re eating because I had no idea that I really only ate ONE avocado a week vs the 4 I used to buy.

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