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To CSA or not to CSA?

travelmad478 | Dec 28, 2009 09:56 AM

Mr travelmad478 and I finally have an opportunity to join a conveniently located CSA--one is starting up near us that offers a half-share for $400. The season is 22 weeks, and they list examples of crops as follows:

Sample Early Season: Spring Greens, Lettuce, Spinach, Radishes, Peas
Sample High Season: Cucumbers, Cauliflower, Carrots, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Potatoes, Beans, Melons, Eggplant, Herbs
Sample Late Season: Beets, Carrots, Spinach, Potatoes, Onions, Broccoli, Winter Squash, Pumpkins

I love to cook and buy huge amounts of vegetables, but I'm still wondering if the CSA would be worth it and/or feasible. I would have to supplement the CSA box with fruit, it seems, and I am in some terror of having to figure out what to do with 14 pounds of cauliflower in one week. Plus, I travel a lot and I am in even more terror of Mr travelmad478 having to deal with 14 pounds of cauliflower when I'm out of town.

If you have a CSA, do you find yourself giving stuff away that you can't use? (This would obviously offset some of the cost savings.) Do you find yourself having to buy a lot of other stuff anyway, because you want to make a certain dish that the CSA didn't provide you the ingredients for? Or do you adjust your cooking plans to use what the CSA box contains?

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