Saturday, June 30, 2012

Community Supported Agriculture

I recently connected with Nicole, whose family owns Burning Bush Gardens not 20 minutes from here. Burning Bush Gardens is a community supported agriculture (CSA) business. Customers pay a fixed cost at the beginning of the season and are supplied with fresh (and in this case, organic!) produce from early May through late October. It's great for farmers because they have a guaranteed income, even on years when the weather ruins a crop or two. It's great for consumers because they have fresh produce and the knowledge that they're supporting local agriculture (so there will still be someone farming said produce the next year).

So why haven't we jumped on this? Two main reasons.

1. It's a little expensive. At least for us. The least expensive option is $425, which includes 5 items per week. Divided by six months, that's still a third of our monthly grocery budget. Now, if we were guaranteed that this would be all the fruit and vegetable we'd want, we might be able to make that work. But there's another problem...

2. We don't really like vegetables. That's a broad generalization; we both have a variety of veggies we like, but there are a lot we would rather not eat. So what happens when our share for the week is mostly beets and cabbage? (I betray my total lack of agricultural knowledge here. I don't know if those would even be harvested at the same time.) Looking at the list of standard produce, I like most of them, but I'm afraid to take the risk.

Do you participate in a CSA? What have you done with things you don't like to eat?


  1. We're not great root vegetables here, but I've found that most of them can be put in a soup with some curry powder or dried herbs, and then they are pretty tasty. That being said, I've had a bowl of diced turnip in my freezer for a couple of months now, waiting to be used!

    1. Haha, time to invite some neighbors over and feed them turnips. :-)