A few months ago, I asked for some help on deciding if I should join a CSA or not: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/385249
Some people agreed that my Henry's shopping was about what they would do if cooking for a 2-person household. Others said they would just go to the farmer's market instead of joining a subscription CSA. And a lot of people were happy with their CSA all over the US. I had some extra money to spend, so I figured I would just try and trial period.
I went with the Be Wise Ranch here in San Diego. There are actually a few CSAs in San Diego, but Be Wise Ranch seems to be the least expensive and they have a ton of pick-up locations (as opposed to going to a weekly farmer's market to get your share, which I don't really understand because if I was going I would just shop at the various booths).
One thing that I didn't factor into the cost was the fact that you get so much produce in one box. Yes, I could certainly shop for fewer vegetables at Henry's or the farmer's market and spend less money, but we probably also would be eating fewer green with our meals. With one large box every other week, we have both bins in the fridge full (plus my ever growing plethora of zucchini) and I have started planning the main dish around what would go with the we need to eat before the next box comes. It's kind of been fun. We've also started eating salad with almost every dinner, to go through the lettuce. I'm not a salad person, but I like the salads we eat, especially when we get the grape tomatoes in the CSA box.
I've been to Henry's twice since I started the CSA and that was to pick up some apples and peaches because we don't get fruit with the CSA and Henry's any-day-of-the-week is just more convenient than making time for the farmer's market on our weekends. Since I can afford it, I think I'll keep doing the CSA after the trial period.
Does anyone belong to one of the other CSAs in San Diego? Do you like it?
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