2014 CSA Share Week 22

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2014 CSA Share Week 20


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.


Well, I’ll tell ya, the CSA certainly went out on a high note this year. The bag I hauled out of there yesterday must have weighed 30 or so pounds! There was 7 pounds of fruit (Asian pears, pears and apples), and the fall vegetables easily added another 25#. This was one of the best weeks we received this year.

We did sign up with the same CSA for next year, and I explained the reasons why last week. It is interesting to me to look at the weekly CSA shares (click here to see them all) and how what we received in 2014 compared to what we received in 2013.

To me the fruit share was a smashing success! Hubby and I didn’t go for a ride for produce once this year, which was both good and bad. While I do enjoy the drives (especially up by Lake Ontario), we just didn’t have the time this year with Max’s illness taking over much of our lives. Hubby is also trying to finish rehabbing a rental for December 1st, so many is the week he is out there 6 days a week installing floors, kitchens and whatnot. Once football started, there was no way I was taking a ride on a Sunday, so all in all the fruit share was not only a great value (at $10 per week), but it kept me out of the grocery store, and off the road.

What I took for our final share of the 2014 CSA season…

2014 CSA Share Week 22

• Apples*
• Asian Pears*
• Beets
• Broccoli
• Brussels Sprouts*
• Cabbage
• Carrots*
• Cauliflower
• Chard
• Delicata Squash*
• Daikons
• Fennel
• Kale*
• Onions*
• Parsnips
• Pears*
• Peppers, sweet* and hot
• Potatoes*
• Radicchio
• Radishes
• Romanesco Broccoli*
• Spinach*
• Sweet Potatoes*
• Turnips
• Various Greens*

* took for share

Do you belong to a CSA? If so, what type? How much? Do you find it as worthwhile as I do?


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Comments

  1. Our regular CSA season closed last Saturday and the extended 6 week Fall Share started today… Last year I said I wasnt going to join the Fall Share this year but I just couldnt stand the thought of not getting a share for 6 more weeks when others were..

    Today we got Butternut Squash, a giant Bok Choy, a nice size leaf lettuce, a bag of new red potatoes, a bag of Yummy Orange peppers, a bag of apples, a quart of apple cider, and 1 lone tomato..

    Im toying with the idea of just buying my veggies from my farmer at the local Farmers Market next year.. One of the CSA farmers has a stand there too.. I think my cost for veggies would go down overall but on the other hand, having all of them forces me to eat them and keeps me on my Organic toes.. I’ll be thinking about it till around Christmas time when they offer a discount if you sign up & pay before Christmas…

    • We don’t have a fall share, but they do have a “winter” share… once a month for three months, December, January, February. Since we won’t be here for several of those months, we passed.

      I am thinking about next year’s garden too, Kim, and I hear you on the “forces me to eat them”. I still have a bag f coriander seeds hanging in the garage that I need to get to. The good news is they should be really dry (assuming they aren’t moldy). The bad news is I harvested them six weeks ago, and still have not processed them. Oy

      Ann

  2. You know that coriander seeds are cilantro seeds, right? Take some down to Fla & just toss em on the ground.. maybe scrape them in a little bit.. You can do that here too.. they like cooler weather.. they do great here in the spring.. they go to seed when it gets warm…

    • Yup, Kim, that was why I dried them. Well, they sure are dry now. 😛 I don’t want to grow cilantro next year, that I decided already. I’ve been thinking about the garden for 2015 a lot already (yikes!), and some stuff is definitely out for next year (because I need it like I need a hole in my head).

      Ann

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