I love the idea of joining a CSA, but I’ve resisted for three reasons:
- The CSA’s around here fill up so fast, there are never any slots available when I’m thinking about it.
- That’s a lot of vegetables for a family who really doesn’t care much for veggies.
- It’s more costly than what I’d normally spend at the farmer’s market (mainly because of point #2).
Well, recently a farm around here started up a new CSA, and I found out about it early enough that I could sign up. That eliminated the first problem.
And then, a little later, they decided to offer half shares, which made the second problem much less of one, and pretty much eliminated the third.
But I’m still on the fence.
There’s the romantic in me that loves the idea of visiting the farm each week with the boys, going through our box, learning about the harvest cycle and all of the different fruits and veggies grown on the farm, and then being daring about trying something new.
The realist in me is afraid that I will be dragging those children each week, and watching them gag at each new item I pull out of the box. I worry that I will get lazy, and that all of our new produce will spoil before I get around to doing anything with it.
This has happened before. Just ask this poor shriveled up carrot.
Still… it works out to just $18/week. I’m pretty sure I already spend that on produce during the summer months, the only difference being, that I am picking and choosing what I want to buy, and not getting twelve pounds-worth of surprises.
I’ve only ever read positive experiences with CSA’s, so I’m very very tempted to just fill out that form already. I’ve got visions of strawberry-rhubarb jam-making sessions dancing in my head, and valuable learning experiences with my kids (who currently think that the best tasting things in life come out of a box).
Does anybody want to talk me out of it? I’d be interested in hearing your experiences!