CSA basics: Finding the right farm

This is the second post in a three-part series. Learn what a CSA is and how to use the food you get from a CSA.

So you want to join a CSA? That’s great! Now it’s time to find the right farm.

Things to think about before you join:

  • How much is the cost per share?
  • How often am I getting food?
  • Can I eat ┬áthe food quick enough as to not waste it?
  • Am I willing to take the time to clean and prepare the food?
  • Am I willing to be creative when given, say, a large bag of tomatoes or endless zucchini?
  • Am I adventurous to eat foods I might not like or have tried?
  • Will I be around most weeks of my CSA session?
  • Am I ok with the possibility that I might not get my money’s worth if weather or disease is an issue with the crop?

FarmQuestions to ask your farm:

  • How long is the season and how much does it cost?
  • How far will that food go, and for how many people?
  • How is it grown?
  • Do you deliver or do I have to pick up at the farm or another location?
  • Do you have a newsletter with recipes, growing progress and how items are grown?
  • What are the typical items one might receive through the season?
  • What happens if I need to miss a week?
  • Will I ever get food from another farm?
  • Can I buy extra food for the week or food beyond what is part of the subscription?
  • How long have you had your CSA program and farm?

CSAfood500Find that farm! Websites to search for the right CSA:

Have you been a part of a CSA? How was your experience?

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