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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-11-2011, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone else belong to a CSA?

Thought this might be of interest to the clsb cooks. Earlier this year we joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and it's been a wonderful endeavor. (Background on what is a CSA: http://www.localharvest.org/csa/)

Now, we don't have great farmer's markets nearby and the closest fresh market is about 45 min away, so the CSA makes a lot of sense for us. Many of you don't have that problem. But it's also nice because it saves you a trip (or more) to the store during the week and it puts some things in your fridge you might not otherwise buy, and forces you to figure out something to make with them. It's sort of like Iron Chef in your own kitchen. We split a "full share" with another family of 3, so we end up paying $190 for 12 weeks of farm fresh (and organic, if you care about that) fruits and veg. It's generally more than we can use in a week, so I freeze a lot!

Last week we got salad greens and microgreens, several summer squashes and zucchinis, a huge lot of mustard greens, several sweet onions, and a nice bag of giant portabella caps. This week we are expecting about the same, but also will be getting some spaghetti squash.

Many CSAs also open up the farm a few times a year for a dinner, or tours, etc. That's nice when you have kids, so they can see where their food comes from.

Has anyone else tried a CSA?
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Yes. I don't buy veg from stores any more...keep some of the generics organic frozen but otherwise just cook whatever is in the box that week.

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Yes. I don't buy veg from stores any more...keep some of the generics organic frozen but otherwise just cook whatever is in the box that week.
We still belong to ours; got some beautiful brussels sprouts on the stalk last week.
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I'm not in a CSA, but I often order from a local CSA and there is a farmers market downstairs from my apt. Well worth the extra $$, the veggies are delish!

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