8/15/09

A Month of CSA Deliveries

July 21

July 28

August 5

August 12
In June, we joined what was the only CSA that I could find that delivers to our area. For a city as large as Houston, I was surprised that there aren't more options. I wanted to keep a record of our deliveries to help us decide whether or not to continue with it in the future. The butternut squash has been a favorite, and we had the best peaches I've ever tasted in my life back in June. I will be making more zucchini bread this weekend. But the drought in Texas has really affected the quality of the produce and I'm suspecting that I could make my money go farther by shopping at a farmer's market or even purchasing organic at the grocery. I will share more photos as the months go on. Our deliveries are overnight, so I take the photos around 6 a.m. before I put the produce in the fridge...hence the artificial light!
*Do you belong to a CSA? I'd love to hear your experiences or even see photos of your deliveries!

9 comments:

peaceliving said...

We belonged to a CSA last summer but our baskets were at least twice as big as yours and full of wonderful stuff. My problem was that while it did force us to try some new foods which was good, there's only so much "new" food you can introduce into a toddler's diet each week. So we found that our greens, especially, were just going bad because we couldn't use them up fast enough. We quit the CSA after the fall quarter and I just go to the farmer's market every Friday and pick what our family will eat, still trying to add in new foods often and still eating locally and seasonally. It's working much better for us and costs about the same or a few dollars less. Here's a link to one of our CSA baskets: http://peaceliving.wordpress.com/2008/07/31/csa-day-july-31-2008/

renee @ FIMBY said...

We love our CSA and get a full family share but it still isn't enough vegetables for our family. Last fall we picked up a double share + a friends at the end of the season and it looked like this:

http://fimby.tougas.net/finding_fall

I sometimes take photos of our share but usually not since it's become so routine, like bringing groceries home!

elizabeth said...

that's nice! I do not belong to one, but have been aware of them for years...

Letters From Midlife said...

There are some things like this in my area, but there are also so many farmer's markets and roadside stands with all the Amish and Mennonite farms in the area that I don't subscribe to anything. Most of the roadside stands have produce from organic gardens so it's nice to have such a variety to choose from.

Mimi said...

OH my goodness, I am amazed at the difference in our bounty!

Yum, yum, yum.

We also don't get ours delivered like that, our farmers drop it off at a central location, and I stop and pick it up on CSA day.

Marfa said...

You're lucky you get fruit!!!
We get veggies once a week, but also have to work 2 hours per week (pulling weeds, harvesting, whatever) and it costs $425/year (May to November). We get a lot more...18 ears of corn last week, for example. I feel like I'm eating all vegetables...which is great for now, since it's the Dormition fast!

Meadowlark Days said...

Wow, I really enjoyed hearing about all of your experiences with CSA and farmer's markets! It was helpful - thank you.

KatCollects said...

Hi Kristina,
I am not sure what a CSA is so I don't know if we have one. I do love farmers markets and the local produce stand. I also plant lots of tomatoes each year. We also have kale, 2 types of lettuce, parsley, corn, and carrots in our garden. And I get yellow squash, blackberries, and zucchini from my Mom's garden. I love this time of year when everything is ready to be picked.
I hope you and your family are doing well.
Kathy

Shawna said...

wow, you get such a different haul than us! we were going to do a work exchange csa this year, but couldn't figure out how to get bella cared for with our unpredictable schedule. my aunt gets a local csa and it's mostly berries, cukes, zukes, tomatoes and a few random things. i'll be having a garden post soon and you'll get to see the few things i managed to grow from scratch this year. snow peas were my favorite, which is funny since i grew up hating them!