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This week I did future grocery shopping. I didn’t get to any stores but instead used some of our leftover grocery budget money to buy a share in a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm for the spring. We’ve never done this before, but I am beyond excited!
What is it?
CSA Farms are local farms that sell straight to the consumer. You buy a share at the beginning on the season and then each week you’ll get a box of what is fresh and ripe that week. It has a ton of benefits for everyone. The farmer has a guaranteed buyer for their crop. The consumer has produce that was picked at peak ripeness and delivered to them the next day. Another fun benefit to me, your box will have some vegetables you’ve never tried before… meaning it’s time to get out a cookbook and get creative!
There is a little risk involved in a CSA so do your homework first. If it is a bad season then your box might not be as big as you wanted or if a blight happens on one crop you might not have any radishes that season in your box (fine by me).
Why did we do it?
Produce is very expensive and with trying to eat healthier we have started to basically buy double the amount of veggies we were. This made getting a share a savings for us. I’m curious too with the news reports that produce prices will double this year how much more we will save getting local produce. The farm that we picked also let you pick what size share you wanted! That sold me right then. Oh and there is a box drop site half a mile from my house!! Lastly this fits great with homeschool this year as we are learning about plants and have our own little garden growing. Most CSA’s let you tour “your farm” and get to know your farmers and we can’t wait to do this!
If you want to find a farm near you or to get more info on the idea, check out LocalHarvest.com they have a massive directory of over 4,000 CSA’s so hopefully you can find one nearby. (They also have ratings and reviews so you can do some homework on the farms near you.)
One thing to remember
No area is conducive for growing every vegetable or fruit. So your farm is not going to be able give you everything you could possibly want. You will probably still need to buy some fruits from the store.
Okay now for folks who went “present day” grocery shopping:
How did you do in your grocery shopping this week? Leave a comment or a link to your savings post. (Links to pages other than savings posts will be deleted).