This year we participated in our first CSA. It was a vegetable CSA, though we also got eggs. Overall, it was a whopping disappointment. Before it began I would spend roughly $30/week at our produce store. After it began I spent around $25/week. Our CSA cost 460, and lasted for 20 weeks. I’ll do the math for you, that’s $23/week. While I was happy to get organic produce, and thrilled to support our local agriculture, this just really didn’t work for me. I got too many ingredients which I had no use for and a lot of the produce was bland. The real eye-opener was when my own green bean plants were producing dozens of delicious beans and i got a small handful of mediocre beans as part of my haul from the farm. If I could grow tastier produce, with my minimal gardening experience, what was I paying for? Also, being on a rather strict budget, I was very disappointed that I wasn’t able to save much money on my weekly grocery trips after having made what I felt to be a sizable investment.
We picked the least expensive CSA around. It was close to home and $300 less than the next one. Normally I’d think, “Well, you get what you pay for,” but in this case I don’t think I did. I should have received larger amounts of food, and better quality food. It makes me very sad, but I don’t think I’ll be participating in another CSA. I just don’t have the gamble in my budget.
And no, NaBloPoMo, I did not listen to any music while writing this post. Unless the tunes coming from my baby’s exersacuer count. In which case, yes. I listen to short bits of kids music all day, every day.