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Come Saturday Morning: To CSA or Not to CSA?

CSA crop share by Mikaela Martin

Dear Firepuppers: I am perched on the horns of a dilemma.

You see, I love farmers’ markets and I love the idea of CSA shares. But with only two people in my household, is it worth it for me to get a share or even a half-share CSA?

Maybe I should back up a bit here, for those folks who haven’t had their coffee yet and think I’m talking about the Confederate States of America. “CSA” is short for “Community Supported Agriculture“. The way it works is that you buy a share in a CSA farm’s growing season — from 12 to 20 or more weeks, depending on where you live and what’s being grown — before the season starts; the share price is typically around $400 to $500 for the season, which averages out to around $35 a week for produce delivered weekly. Considering I can blow $35 on lunches alone in half a week’s time, this is quite the bargain.

But: Will I have to put up with mountains of kale every week? What if I can’t find anyone to split my share? What if the farmer keeps sticking me with weird-ass veggies I have no idea how to prepare? What if, what if, what if?

Anyway: You who CSA already, tell me your stories. Give me your pointers. Help me make a decision. (Oh, and by the way, my husband will let you have all the Brussels sprouts. He can’t stand ’em.)

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