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CSA subscriptions?

leanneabe | Mar 26, 2007 04:24 PM

A few years ago, when I started reading up on the Slow Food Movement and Eating Locally, etc, I bookmarked a local farm that does a CSA subscription. I keep looking at it every few months, thinking it would be fun to do but trying to see how it balances out financially. Keep in mind that my garden spits out more zucchini, yellow squash, and lettuce than I can keep up with.

I shop at Henry's (the chain - Sunflower Market - that was bought by Whole Foods) and even when they don't have sales I can load up on produce and bulk grain items for about $10/week. We went to the Farmer's Market one Saturday and, as an experiment, I started with a $20 bill to see how far it would go. My $20 (plus an extra $1 so I could buy a HUGE head of cauliflower) gave us veggies and a dozen fresh eggs. The veggies lasted a little over a week (tomatoes, cauliflower, strawberries, free squash thrown in, turnips, and a bag of spinach). Granted, the cauliflower was so huge it was a side dish for a lot of meals AND a good portion of my work lunches. I know it's better supporting local farmers than my grocery chain, but with the exception of the tomatoes everything else wasn't THAT much better than what I get at Henry's.

Anyway, the CSA would end up being about $20/week (although they offer every-other-week plans) for a small share. Does anyone take part in a CSA plan? Do you find it's just as cheap as shopping for groceries? Or, do you think the extra cost is worth it? Do you get it delivered to you or do you go pick it up... and is that a little inconvenient?

I just feel like this would be more of a "doing good" effort than "saving money" thing. Help me figure this out!

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