Tuesday, September 05, 2006

CSA = Community Shares Agriculture

For those unfamiliar with the term, this allows people to purchase a percentage of a local farmers yield and then you pick up said percentage each week during the growing season.

This is our first year doing CSA (or as a friend calls it "the cargo cult") and I like it, but we have a hard time eating all the produce each week. Maybe if we were feeding a family of 4 or splitting it with another household I wouldn't feel so wasteful. I've managed to prepare most of the stuff we get, but some things ended up in the compost despite my best efforts. I like the concept but it makes me reluctant to do it again next year, especially since I seem to be the only one at our house who makes any attempt to eat the produce each week. Granted he will eat stuff if I make it, but he takes not take any intitative to prepare anything himself. Frustrating.

This Sunday is Yarn Harlot in Eau Claire, WI. I think it will be fun!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It sounds like an interesting program, if you eat enough produce to be worth it. I'm going to mention it to Ilya and see what he thinks.

-Saraidh

Constanza said...

Where did you find out about this? I'd be interested in finding out more too.

Liz said...

There was an article in our Co-op newsletter this past Spring. padruig and I had heard about CSA before, but this year we chose to act on it. My feelings are still mixed, but my veggie intake is way up!

There is a link for CSA farms in my post.

Liz said...

We shop at Mississippi Market.
http://www.msmarket.coop/

Padruig said...

A friend of mine, one of the original sots, runs a CSA farm in south eastern Wisconsin. While Googling him, I came across this site (http://www.localharvest.org/)which answered some questions about a farm not that farm from us (which unfortuneatly doesn't do CSA anymore). Thought it would be a good thing to try.