|Produce that I got one week this spring|
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I've tried two different CSA options. One was a local farm, and the other was a larger company that would deliver a box produce strait to my door. The pros of the larger company were: I could choose what I got each week. If I didn't like beets, I'd never have to have beets. If I wanted extra apples, I could get extra apples. The reason they can do this, is because they get produce from all over (California, Mexico, etc), so it's definitely not all local. At first I enjoyed that my produce was delivered. Mostly because I just had a baby, and it just made my life easier. But as the weeks went on, I found that I wasn't as happy with the produce that was arriving. Sometimes I'd get great apples, but other times I'd get wrinkly, mealy ones. I got a tomato once that had mold on top. My potatoes were always on the brink of being shriveled, and for the most part, the produce only lasted a few days (with the local farm, my produce would last days, if not weeks). Granted, the larger company would credit my account whenever I was unhappy with my produce, it just became annoying. Especially because of my food budget. I have a certain amount each month, and when I've already spent part of it on produce I'm counting on for my menus, a credit doesn't do me much good for that week. If you can't tell, I personally prefer the local farm. It's actually cheaper than the larger company, and I really enjoy going each week to pick my own produce. The only downside, in my opinion, is you don't get to choose your produce. You get what they're harvesting that week. But honestly, I'm good with it! I want what's in season.
I SO recommend trying out a CSA share. For one thing, if you're wanting to include more organic fruits and veggies into your diet, it's cheaper than if you went to the store and bought all of the same stuff. Plus, you're supporting small local farmers, and the food is fresher than anything you could get at any grocery store. If you're unsure about it, or aren't sure you will go through the produce, go in on it with a friend! Belonging to a CSA is the very best way to get local, seasonal food directly from the farmer. You will be exposed to new fruits and vegetables, and new ways of cooking them. That's the reason I'm mentioning the CSA here in the blog. I will be posting recipes in the coming weeks based on the produce I'm getting. If you have any questions about CSA, feel free to ask! If you're wondering if there's one in your area, please check out Local Harvest.
Until the next post, be Blessed!