So I went to localharvest.org and found a CSA that is a manageable distance away. I read a bit on their website. You can see them at cremedelacrop dot com. I guess I am just not getting it, though. I think I understand it as this- you pay them the fee upfront (in this case, would be about $270 for the needs of one person) and then you just show up at the pick-up location once a week. They also have listed the produce that you get. Here’s where I’m not so sure… some of the produce is stuff I wouldn’t need…
For instance, this is their “Standard Market” pack:
Spinach, Kale, Head Lettuce, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Green Cabbage, Red Cabbage, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Turnips, Rutabaga, Parsnips, Carrots, Onions, Potatoes, Corn, Summer Squash, Snap Beans, Shelling and Sweet Peas, Lima Beans, Sweet Peppers, Chili Peppers, Tomatoes, Celery, Rutabaga, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon, and Herbs.
Of course, a lot of that would be very useful, but there are definitely some things on the list that would just go to waste if they gave it to me. Are you able to discuss your needs with the CSA and make subsitutions?
Also, do you just use the CSA for the growing season, and then return to buying produce at the grocery store the rest of the year? And one last question, do you typically use the CSA, and then just pick up other needs at the grocery store? For instance, fruit?
Sorry, I know it’s a lot of questions, but I just want to make sure I’m understanding it. I just don’t want to blindly take the plunge without researching more. Thanks. :)