This is the diary of our 2015 CSA share. The cost of our full share is $545 for 22 weeks, from June through 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! The first few weeks are light, and very, very leafy. As we move to the fall, the CSA becomes more abundant, and the variety increases greatly.
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.
This is supposed to be the last week for peaches and plums. I didn’t take any as we still have a load that I need to use. I ended up with the Gala Apples (I foresee some drying in my future) and some no-spray pears. I am sure Hubby is going to ask me why I bothered with the apples since he has trees on his hunting land, but I never go up there and that would mean… he’d actually have to pick the apples for us to have in the house.
I think I sufficiently answered why I took apples.
As far as vegetables… nothing really struck my fancy. This is the end of the tomatoes (yeah, yeah, so they’re veggies, what of it?), and I grabbed some edamame since Hubby does such an excellent job of preparing it! We were supposed to get spinach, but nada.
There are seven weeks left in the season and as of right now, we are not renewing this CSA. The day is excellent, the produce and variety is fine. I just can’t stand the parking lot situation. Once again I got there early, and once again there was a full lot with people already picking. I don’t have an answer to this dilemma since the u-pick is an excellent perk, and people who pay their share are certainly entitled to utilize it. However, I am also allowed to park and pick up my share. It is a quandary that does not have a good solution, and has ticked me off for two years now – so, my solution is to not renew.
We won’t be looking for another CSA either. Hubby and I have been casually looking for a house on Lake Ontario for a few years now, so we have decided to really look in the spring. And that means we aren’t sure exactly where we will be living, so why sign on with a new CSA when we might be moving 45 minutes away?
2015 CSA Share Week 15
• Apples (Gala) 20 Fresh Apple recipes
• Bok Choy (did not take)
• Chard (did not take)
• Cucumber 20 Cucumber recipes
• Edamame (did not take)
• Eggplant (did not take)
• Kale (did not take)
• Kohlrabi (did not take)
• Onions (did not take)
• Chard (did not take)
• Peaches 20 Fresh Peach Recipes
• Pears 20 Fresh Pear Recipes
• Peppers 20 Farm Fresh Pepper Recipes
• Plums (did not take) 20 Fresh Plums Recipes
• Potatoes 25 Scrumptious Real Potato Recipes
• Spaghetti Squash
• Summer Squash (did not take) 20 Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipes
• Tomatoes 20 Fresh Tomato Recipes
• Zucchini (did not take) 20 Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipes
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.