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Another CSA discussion?

snowfarm | Mar 29, 201507:16 AM

This is more of a "why bother with a CSA" discussion.

I've had produce CSA shares and enjoyed them. I liked connecting with the farmer, I liked knowing I was "helping" by paying up front, and the foodie in me liked using veggies I wouldn't normally choose myself.

That being said, I wasn't a fan of the over abundance of certain things. I know many farms have different options now where you might be able to make more choices. But why go the CSA route when you can just get what you want, when you want it, from a farm stand?

Secondly, I'm interested in the meat CSA option. It seems like it's pretty different than a produce share because it can all go right in the freezer, and the consumer doesn't have to force himself to get through all the veggies within a certain time limit. A meat share also doesn't usually happen as often (weekly) or as long (all summer, or longer). However, like the veg CSA share, why bother? If you can go to the farm and pick up 2 pounds of burger or a steak, why be forced to get x pounds of meat at a time?

I'm guessing consumers might be like me, in that they like the connection and "participation" in a farm. Are there other hard and fast reasons for you to be a part of a CSA?

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