By: Matt Junak (Mar 22, 2012)
We participated in a CSA vegetable share last year, which was our first year trying something like this out. Turns out the weather wasn't great , and I accept that the share started later than expected and wasn't as abundent as it could be in a great growing season. Given that understanding, though, it still came short of expectations.
The biggest problem was with communication - there was not much and it was inconsistent...and mostly through text messages. Some weeks we'd get a notice that our food was delivered, others not. One week the bag got dropped off in our driveway right in front if the garage door, instead of on our porch like each previous week; we backed over it not knowing it was there!
Here are some of our expectations, and our experience:
"$495 may sound like a lot of money, but divided by 16 weeks, that's only $30 per week... I bet you're spending more than that on plastic fruits & vegetables" - We could have bought twice the amount of produce from the "organic" section of the grocery store or three times as much from any farmers market for $30. On average we recieved about 10 items a week.
"Apples, bell peppers, bok choy, cantaloupe, carrots, cucumbers, herbs, honeydew, hot peppers, romaine lettuce, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, spinach, squashes, strawberries, watermelon, zucchini and ALL KINDS OF TOMATOES!" -lots of potatos. No bok choy, no cantelope, herbs once, 2 jalepenos all season, no raspberries, no strawberries, no watermelon, only recieved 3 common varieties of tomato (beefsteak like, roma, cherry).
"Every box will see RECIPES and an occasional test-market GIFT of new items...." -only the first two deliveries included any written information, nothing after that. Eggs once, which happened to be the week we ran over the bag. Never any sample meat, cheese, honey...
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