CSA = Community Shared Agriculture
Since I never seem to eat enough veggies I thought I would try something different this year.
Someone at my office posted a flyer for a group close to where I live called SunRoot Farm (a community shared agriculture organization). For a fixed price, depending on how much produce you want to buy, SunRoot will provide me with a box of fresh, seasonal organic* veggies for 16 weeks. They also offer a variety of herbs as well. I opted for the veggies and the only thing I have to do is pay and pick up.
*Crops are grown using organic methods. Producing organically means using compost, mulching, crop rotation, biodiversity and companion planting to promote soil fertility and plant growth. No synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or genetically modified seeds or seed stock.
Here is a listing of what is available:
Beans, beets and greens, carrots, peas, onions, squash, tomatoes, potatoes
(I'll be trading those in for more of something else), lettuce, spinach, salad mix, garlic, radishes, kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, turnip, cabbage and cucumber (obviously different items will be available different months depending on growing season).
Now I did the math on this and I figure I’m pretty much a winner.
I ordered a half-share for $300 which will supply enough produce for 1-2 people (but I have heard from those in the know that you get lots from half a share). So I split my order with someone else and I’m only paying $150.00
So here is the math:
$300 ÷ 2 people = $150.00 (that's two payments of $75.00 - one in April one in July)
$150 ÷ 16 weeks = $9.37 a week
I just can’t go wrong that that price!!
So get out there and check around….see if your community has CSA. It’s a great way to support local farming and eat healthy.