Proud New Member of a CSA!

by Her Happy Balance on December 21, 2012

Hi blogger world! I am ridiculously excited to announce to you that after being put on a waiting list to sign up for a local CSA this summer…I got a spot! I am a CSA newbie and it feels so good 🙂 Some of you may already be familiar with what a CSA is, but I’m sure there are some of you out there that aren’t, so let me break it down for you:

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a system of farming that brings together members of a community by allowing them to purchase a “farmshare” for a full growing season (spring through fall). With this, you agree to the risks and rewards of produce production. In joining a CSA, you generally have the option of purchasing a full share (enough produce to feed a family of ~4) or a half share. What does that really mean? It means that every other week I will go to the farm and pick up a box of produce that the farmers grew. If I had chosen the full share I would be picking up produce every week.

Pros:

  • Try lots of new veggies I’ve never had before like kohlrabi, celeriac, tomatillos, daikon, and MUCH more!
  • Get to know the farmers who are growing my food!
  • Produce is picked and washed just hours before I go to pick it up, super fresh!
  • The farm has a U-pick section, where members are free to pick things like cherry tomatoes, string beans, and herbs whenever they want!
  • Affordable!
  • Did I mention you can get fresh cut flowers as well?! Hello decorating ideas.
  • You’ll be supporting your local community!

Cons:

  • As a part of the commitment of being a member, all half share buyers must help work on the farm for 4 hours. To some this is a con, to me this is an awesome weekend project in the making…it’s only 4 hours people!
  • Your weekly bounty is subject to weather and other farming risks. You mean theres no turnips this week?! I think I’ll manage.

Here is an example of the type of package you will get from being in a CSA:

Picture courtesy of Wellness Made Natural

Picture courtesy of Wellness Made Natural

So as you can tell, I am psyched to get me some fresh fruits and veggies. Do people get this excited about produce?! I see lots of creative recipes and juicing in my future!

Thoughts??

Would you ever join a CSA?

Whats your favorite “exotic” veggie?

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Running In Heels December 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

What a cool idea!! Gotta love getting a whole big box of fruits and veggies… heaven!! 🙂

Her Happy Balance December 21, 2012 at 10:35 am

I agree, It’ll be a fun challenge to figure out how to use them all!

Cookie Dough Katzen December 21, 2012 at 9:14 am

That’s so awesome!! Can’t wait to see all of your healthy goods!

Her Happy Balance December 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

I’ll definitely be keeping you updated when the goodies start coming in 🙂

moveeatcreate December 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

I just finished up my third year as a CSA member. It is one of the best investments I’ve ever made! Have fun with it!

Her Happy Balance December 21, 2012 at 10:35 am

Thank you, I’m very much looking forward to it!

Tammy December 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

We’ve been in our CSA for over 5 years now and we love it. There are times when it becomes a challenge but it really forces me to make lots of really healthy meals.

Her Happy Balance December 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

That’s exactly what I was hoping for, I’ll have a fridge full of healthy choices 🙂

Maryana Jurbiy December 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

It’s a very interesting idea! Do you get to puck up your own fruits/vegetables, or all baskets have the same content?

Her Happy Balance December 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

You do get to make some choices, like if they have different types of lettuce you can choose the types you know you will eat, etc. 🙂

Nadiya @ Milk and Honey on the Run December 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

This is amazing! Do they have this in Canada? Exotic stuff… Well while I was in Mexico I ate a few starfruits, granadillas, papayas, tonnes of guacamole, and my new fav root- jicama.

Her Happy Balance December 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I’m not sure if they have them in Canada but I’d imagine that they do…just have to see if there is one close to you! I would love to travel to Mexico, sounds like a delicious trip 🙂

Sarah Fitabulous December 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Thanks for visiting my site so I could come over here and read this interesting post I never heard of CSA but it sounds awesome! Interested to hear more…

Her Happy Balance December 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Thank you for visiting mine as well! I’ll definitely keep you posted on my experience with it!

The Classy Bee December 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Omg this sounds amazing!!!! Could you mail me a turnip when they’re in season 🙂

Her Happy Balance December 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I’ll send you one priority mail! 😉

scoobylu100 December 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

Sounds like a fab scheme!!

Her Happy Balance December 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I agree! I’m looking forward to it!

scoobylu100 December 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I’m looking forward to seeing what ways you come up with using the veg, especially some of the more unusual items! Enjoy!! X

inherchucks December 27, 2012 at 3:33 am

Congratulations! I have been a member of my CSA for almost 3 years now and I love everything about it. I love it so much I write a weekly post about it. Come and check it out and let me know what you think.

Looking forward to seeing all the delicious goodness you get in your box 🙂

Her Happy Balance December 27, 2012 at 9:46 am

I’ll definitely be looking into your blog! 🙂

inherchucks December 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Thanks 🙂 Excited for your new adventure!

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