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.
The last two weeks the CSA has been fabulous! Hubby used up a lot of vegetables this past week on African Chicken Peanut Stew, a Beef Vegetable Soup, and I used the apricots on Apricot Scones (recipe Monday… these are delicious and you can substitute peaches or nectarines for the apricots).
I decided not to head to the u-pick this week because it rained for 3 days earlier this week. I wasn’t looking forward to a mud bath.
Hubby said we are completely out of frozen tomatoes. That is my mission between my plants outside (the earth box ones look sad, sad, sad), the CSA, and any drive-for-produce we do. I’ll keep an eye out for extras for sale at the CSA.
The fruit share was fantastic again this week: a quart of peaches and 5 pounds of Apricots or Plums. Since we never ate the plums from last week, and I used up all the apricots, I took… 5 pounds of apricots! Definitely worth the price of the fruit CSA.
2014 CSA Share Week 9
● Green Beans
● Patty Pan Squash
* 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.