Are you wondering about the ABCs of a CSA? Trying to sort out where to get your produce from this summer?
Well, whether you still have a CSA near you with spots open, you are thinking about it for next year, you bought a share and are wondering if it was the best purchase or not — or you don't know what a CSA is 🙂 — then head on over to Modern Alternative Mama where you can read my thoughts on the subject.
You'll get a handle on the pros and cons of a CSA as well as what to expect if you are already signed up.
This year, we are trying our hand at greatly expanding our backyard garden, so most likely we will not be purchasing a share in a CSA this summer, but we're a bit behind with our plans, so we will see.
Like many health-minded folks today, you may be considering a CSA as a source for your summer produce needs.
CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture — an arrangement where members pay for a share of a local farm's harvest and receive a weekly portion of the farm's produce.
Sounds like a great idea for health-conscious, frugal, community-loving, brown-thumbed persons like me!
By this time of year, most–but not all–CSAs are full. But whether you are considering a CSA for this year or next, I have some thoughts on this topic.
Basically, CSAs run about $400-$600 for roughly 20 weeks of produce. So you're laying down a significant amount of money. Not as much as most used cars, but still a nice chunk of change.
So before you go and commit to spend (because for good money managers, impulse buying is not a good thing, right?) let's see what CSAs have to offer and what you need to think about before committing.