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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Buy Into a Farm- Join a CSA

Erin Peterson

Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, it can also be fun and educational.

Everyone knows eating more fruits and vegetables is good for you -- the new Department of Agriculture, or USDA, food pyramid encourages it more than ever before -- but paying for all that produce can be costly.

Government studies show a family of four typically spends more than $850 on fruits and vegetables annually. And if you're trying to meet USDA nutrition guidelines or are buying organic, that number is likely to be much higher.

What's a shopper to do? After all, there aren't many places to buy produce -- either at the local supermarket or take a short drive to a farmer's market, right? Actually, however, there is a third -- and usually less-expensive -- option: a nearby community-supported agriculture, or CSA, farm.

CSA farms sell "shares" of the crop -- anywhere from six to more than 1,000 shares per farm -- which entitle you to an agreed-upon amount of whatever the farm produces through the growing season. It also gives the small farmer operating capital for the year's production. Every week during the growing season, typically 15 to 30 weeks, depending on the location, members receive a box or basket filled with the week's harvest of fruits and vegetables. The weekly share may also include items such as flowers, milk, eggs, honey and herbs.

Prices vary significantly. Starting at $300 per share and topping out at more than $1,000, the fee is usually paid in advance of the growing season. Each share is typically enough to feed a family of four, though half shares are sometimes available. Each farm has different options, so you'll want to check to make sure the food you get will be enough -- and not too much. Some offer different prices depending on whether the produce is delivered to your home, picked up at a central location or picked up at the farm itself. Some CSA farmers offer monthly payments....
read the rest here.

As an aside Boulder belt has a CSA program that serves SW Ohio/EC Indiana. And we charge by the week, the month or the season-we are just THAT flexable. More info here

Save cash and eat well: Buy into a farm


Lucy said...

Hate to tell you this but a customer cannot subsidize a farm. Only the goverment can subsidize.

But a customer of their own free will can buy organic foods direct from the farmer via a CSA. And in doing so insure the economic sustainability of that farm so that the farm has no need for subsidies from the government.

teri said...

hi Anynonymous.
what are you afraid of, lurking in the shadows? telling someone that they have 'been shillered' is a rather nasty attitude, ney>? and the ego behind that is mighty obvious. pretty pathetic. and wimpy. Don't got a name other than anonymous, but willing to stand behind the anonymous label and use a dull stick to try to enrage the hordes? Careful, bucko, you ain't got NO idea!
mynd you, i guess i could call it typical. sounds like the kind of win-lose approach i have come to expect from a 'murkan man. after all, your country uses an inordinate amout of the energy, resources and attention of the world - and the posing, posturing and pathetic ignorance you have revealed is no surprise to the rest of us. you are so afraid of change that you are afraid of food that doesn't have chemicals applied. And you are so blind to reality that you attack anyone with a different point of view..
Pity, really, that you need to show up here and try to poke holes at a person who has an honest and true sense of responsibility to the planet. a sad life you must lead, if what you need most is to come where you are not wanted and attempt to taint, destroy or damage something with hope, joy and beauty.
Sad. very very sad
and proud to be!

Lucy said...

The anonymous shill's comments have been removed because he was adding nothing positive to my blog just anti organic spin and if he wants to spread that message he can get his own platform and quit being a parasite on mine.