February 10, 2011 at 6:00 am
It was right around this time of year last year when we went CSA shopping.
We had wanted to join a CSA for a really long time, and had started putting money away months before to pay the fee.
In May we went to visit farms and our decision was made — we loved the giant garden, the outdoor sink, the little shack full of tools … and the farmers, who are very kind people.
The first few weeks were almost magical as we pulled on rain boots and picked asparagus and rhubarb (it was a pick-your-own CSA). But then then something shifted, and it wasn’t magical anymore.
The list of complaints started to grow. Some go with the territory of being part-time farmers. Some were specific to our experience.
By the time we were picking pumpkins, it was clear to use that we would not be returning for another season.
I forsee a summer of hanging out at the farmers markets because we buy a lot of produce, and I really like spending my dollars locally and investing in the nutrition that grows right here.
There are certainly things I am going to miss about the CSA. I still want to go berry picking a few times.
I’m also hoping we can put some of the money would have invested in a CSA toward our own garden. The past few years we have tried to make it bigger and better — and the extra hours each week and saved money should help us to be able to grow more of our own produce.
I am curious what you are going to do this year … Will you join a CSA? Will you pick-your-own crops or bring home a box each week? Will you frequent the farmers market or grow veggies in a garden? How do you decide what works for you?
I really, really wanted our CSA to work for us last year. But I said at the beginning of the year that my goal for 2011 was to not push things that weren’t working. So that means we’ll be looking for a different path this year. I’m kind of excited to see where it leads …
What are your summer produce plans?