Monday, August 3, 2015

CSA 2015

Today's CSA: pint PYO cherry tomatoes, 2 huge onions, small bag Arugula, choice of 1 cuke or Summer squash, choice of small bunch parsley or basil, 1 1/2 lbs potatoes, 1 pepper, 2 lbs tomatoes. Bonus take what you want: kholrabi.

While I love everything we got, I remain a bit disappointed this week, as I have been for a few weeks now. We are deep into Summer, farms/gardens are fluorising with this heat (and we've had adequate rain), yet where is the lettuce? cukes? beans? cabbage? radishes? spinach? chard? berries (I saw plenty of raspberries n blueberries). This week's offerings should be bursting-I'm not seeing it here. (I gardened for years, and know what to expect)

They made some chnges this year, based upon feedback surveys we filled out. They dropped the bimonthly inclussion of meat, added more herbs, lowered the overall cost by $50.

 I am starting to think that my dollars would go further, if I frequented the farmer's market, which I did for years before moving to CSAs 5 years ago. I'd like to remain positive.

Thoughts?

9 comments:

Florence said...

I've tried the CSA but found I did much better at the farmer's market for the same reasons you stated.

slugmama said...

I'd think that things like lettuce, spinach and radishes would be over with the season....more early growing season, second crop of lettuce/spinach maybe in thte fall?
Might be a bit early for cabbage but you should be seeing beans, cukes, chard and berries by now.

CTMOM said...

Sluggy, I am a gardener-lettuce can be harvested all Summer; rotation plantings, shade cover to prevent bolting, etc. This farm sources to local restaurants-I suspect that is where it's going. The farm has planted New Zealand spinach before, it's a heat resistant variety that I've known for years. We have been getting cabbage, cukes came but have been missing for weeks now, ditto chard. I physically saw that there are still a ton of blue and raspberries on the farm for picking.

The domestic Groove said...

I can't do a CSA as there are many vegetables that one member of my family or another does not like/will not eat. I love stopping by roadside farmstands and picking out what I want and know we will love!

Belinda said...

I would divide the yearly cost of your CSA into weeks and then figure if the amount of produce you received that week was worth said amount. Have you asked about the crops you mentioned? That might be all it takes to see an improvement in your weekly share. Just a suggestion, If you've not done so already, perhaps mention to them that you are not satisfied and give them a chance to make it better? Maybe they would let you pick some blueberries or raspberries to make up the difference? They may not have any pickers.

I paid $12 for a 25 pound box of tomatoes at the Mennonite farm stand this week. I think the box was over 25 pounds, as it was heavy and hard to carry!

kelley said...

I think you'd do better with a farm market too...did I miss the sweet corn? it's wonderful this year...

Rachel said...

That is the reason I am leary of going with a CSA. I have heard stories such as yours from different people who come away not satisfied and can get much better deals at local farmers markets. Our town has a huge farmers market on the town square every Saturday from May through October. That is where I like to go and spend my money. That way I buy what I know we will eat, and I can get better deals.

TrayceeBee said...

I love the Farmer's Market on Saturdays at Wooster Square in New Haven (near Pepes Pizza). There's a lot of variety (including meat). If that's too far a drive, I think it would be worth your time to find a farmers market close to you and check it out before signing up for next year's CSA. I have thought about joining a CSA in the past, but never have gone through with it because I didn't want to lose the variety that I can get at a farmers market. Good luck and let us know what you decide!

Marcia in rural WNY said...

I know you don't have this problem, but I am limited by the amount two people can eat in a week! Last week I bought blueberries, cantaloupe, raspberries, a few peaches, broccoli, sweet corn, radishes, and had carrots, cabbage, and salad greens in the fridge already, plus at least half a green pepper. We are doing well at eating that lot up, but the variety available is much greater than what I bought. We're going away for a few days next week, --I will offer my daughter whatever we don't finish, but she will only take what they want and need.

Personally, I do think we do better at choosing our own at the local farm markets and supermarkets (which do have a locally grown section) -- as I know that kale would be wasted on us, and so would a few other vegetables. I would stop by a couple places near by and see what the prices look like. One of my friends has a knack for finding cheap prices --- I have a favorite farm for each product and go for quality where it counts---but buy apples for sauce marked down, for instance. I know that peaches are cheaper when I buy an 8 quart basket but that is quite a few for two people--I would be making an effort to use them up if I did buy that many at once. Of course, I could can them or freeze them if I have time. I do some canning and lots of freezing as long as my energy holds out, and I have a dehydrator which I haven't used a real lot. Farm stands are not exactly giving stuff away, either!!