Food for Thought: Farm Shares/CSAs

Over the years we’ve toyed with the idea of signing up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). If you don’t know what that is, it’s a farm share. A farmer offers a certain number of shares up for purchase. You buy what amounts to a subscription. You buy a share and you get a regular (usually weekly) delivery of whatever produce or protein is harvested or available at a given time during the farming season. Lots of pros, obviously: super fresh stuff, no need to go shopping for produce (or as much of it), convenient delivery or pick-up… so why haven’t we jumped in yet? Well, cost for one. You have to be sure you’re going to be there enough of he season to make the investment worthwhile. And there’s the unknown: you don’t usually know ahead of time what you’re getting, which could work out to be exciting and awesome, or not. Plus, we don’t know which one to choose! So we just talk about it every year and then miss the chance to buy a share! Again. 

I’m volunteering as part of a group in my office to help tend to a community edible garden for the building. On our assigned weeks for watering and weeding, we get to take home whatever is harvested. This week is one of those weeks. And I got to take home a nice little sampling of goodies today. Which obviously made me think…

So I’m curious. What about you? Do you have a share? How did you decide? What do you like/dislike? Do you recommend joining one? Warnings? Pro tips?

What do you say?

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