Participating in Community Supported Agriculture or CSA for short, can save you money and provide you with healthy food at the same time. How it works is that members pay a specified amount of money to the farmer at the beginning of the growing season, and receive a weekly box of whatever vegetables are currently being harvested at that time.
The advantages of this are many.
- You are assured of getting fresh produce throughout the summer.
- You know where the vegetables are grown and develop a personal relationship with the farmer.
- You support and encourage local farmers.
- In many towns, the boxes are delivered right to your door.
- You might get some new vegetables that you had never thought of trying before.
The advantage to the farmer is that he can count on having that money at the beginning of the summer.
Unfortunately, there are also some disadvantages.
- If there are only two of you in the household, it may be more food than you can possibly eat.
- You have to plan ahead to have the money at the beginning of the growing season when it comes due.
- There may not be sufficient variety, particularly if some crops don’t do as well because of weather or other unavoidable circumstances.
If you’re interested in participating in a CSA, but you’re not sure if you can eat all the food, think about sharing the cost and produce with another family. This way you can eat healthy food at a savings, and not have to worry about it going to waste.