This is the diary of our 2014 CSA share. The cost of our full share is $545 for 22 weeks (this CSA offers a winter share) which will bring us to the last week in October, and works out to $24.75 per week. Western New York weather is such that June is lightest CSA month. September and October will be more than abundant! Usually I feel I don’t get my money’s worth the first few weeks (which will be predominantly lettuces), but the fall bags more than make up for that.
We also purchased a Fruit Share this year for $180, lasting 18 weeks which works out to $10 per week. The local fruit included in the fruit share starts with cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, and moves into pears, raspberries and of course apples! This portion of the share begins in July.
I am loving the fruit share. Love, love, loving it! This week we got 6 POUNDS of apricots, plums and/or peaches. The local farm stand (huge joint) I went to right after CSA pick-up yesterday has apricots for $3.99/#. I took 5#s, and will be freezing some today. We can’t possibly eat all these!
And speaking of freezing, tomatoes will also be frozen today. Not only do I have CSA tomatoes, I have tomatoes from our garden and it is time to start processing. I am sure I’ll have to do this several times this year, but that is fine: much easier to freeze tomatoes in small batches.
I had Max with me in the car, so didn’t bother with U-pick. While the variety hasn’t been great, the quantity and quality of the produce the last few weeks has been top-notch. And I am ok with that!
2014 CSA Share Week 10
• Green Beans
• Patty Pan Squash
• Peppers, sweet and hot*
• Various Greens – including Arugula, Vitamin Greens
* took for share
All-in-all another very good CSA week!
Do you belong to a CSA? If so, what type? How much? Do you find it as worthwhile as I do?
• Mind Your Peas and Cukes pinterest board: All things CSA, Produce, Farmstead Fresh – community supported agriculture, farmstand fresh produce, organic produce, more from all over the United States.