I recently purchased a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Share. It’s my first time doing anything like it and I am just blown away but how awesome it is.
For those of you that are not familiar with what a farm share is, it goes like this: You pay a one time fee to join for a selected term (usually a year). It can be anywhere from $700-2,000, depending on your location and farmer. Mine was $1,200. This lump sum helps to support the farmer as they use the money for producing their crops, maintaining their farm, equipment, paying their workers, etc. Meanwhile, you as the investor, also benefit since you receive a bundle of produce each week from the farmers market each week. Some farm shares pick the produce for you, others allow you to choose. Also, some of them have a drop-off service for your home and others you must pick up yourself. An example of what I receive in my share would be a quart of potatoes, a bundle of carrots, a bunch of kale, a quart of string beans, 4 beets, a head of escarole, and a pint of cherry tomatoes. Not too shabby.
And I know that $1,200 seems like a lot… trust me, I know. But when you do the math, that works out to be about $20 a week. I spend way more than that on produce at the grocery store! And I know for a fact none of it is locally grown or organic.
One of my favorite things about having this farm share is being able to try NEW vegetables that I have never even seen before, let alone eaten. I’ve had the pleasure of trying some kohlrabi, spring onions, rainbow colored carrots, pea shoots, and bok choy.
By far my new go-to at the market is bok choy. I never realized how awesome it was before! It’s kind of like cabbage but more mild and 1,000 times easier to cut… But since it was still very new to me I had to come up with a way to serve it. I really had no idea what to do with it. [click to continue…]