Re: CSA - worth it with small children?
posted at 1/26/2012 3:20 PM EST
Our CSA (Stillmans Farm) offers full and half-shares. We do a full share, but split it with a single friend for whom even a half-share was too much - so we get about a 3/4 share for DD, DH and me. We have a Friday pickup at a farmers market, two things that make it really easy.
I think it's important to research which CSA you go with, because there are lots of variables that make it easy or hard. For example, the first farmshare we did, was a combo of box ready to go and pick your own, which DH did, because the farm was a few minutes from his work. But it was time consuming, sometimes for not much reward - by going after work he missed out on the easy pickins, so often we wouldn't get vey much of the pick your own stuff. We decided to find a diffent CSA with an easier share, and wound up with Stillmans, which we love.
It is extra work compared to grocery shopping - fresh from the farm means much dirtier that grocery store food, and finding fridge space can be tough if we haven't eaten the previous weeks bounty. I do feel bad if we get a lot of something and I don't use it all before it spoils, and it will probably be next year before I want to eat more kale, but I also find that we eat more vegetables, and more differnt kinds of vegetables, than if I didn't do it.
In all, I'd say go for it, but find the right CSA for you - one that offers half-shares if you are worried about getting too much, and also most of them will give you an idea of the sorts of things to expect, some plant more unusual foods than others, some don't offer corn because it is very hard to grow organically, some offer fruits as well as veggies, etc.