Community Supported Agriculture Box 2015

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A long lovely blog post was written, and then poof! It was gone.

I just got the official CSA 2015 email!  (if you want to learn more about Community Supported Agriculture click here: http://www.pitchforkorganicfarm.com/csa-information/2015-csa-information/)

This year there are a lot more options, lots of add-ons like flower bouquets, eggs, and extra boxes.  However there are some downsides.  Last year I chose to do a short 16 week season as I was going on vacation and the last few boxes would have gone to waste.  They aren’t offering a short season this year.  This year the regular season is 22 weeks with the option to add-on a 4 week early spring season.  Unfortunately the price has gone up even with the early bird discount.  I’m pretty sure the boxes were $25 each last year and this year they are $32, with the early spring boxes being $30.  Last year it cost me $500, and this year it’s a rather painful $824. Ouch!  Correction, I redid the math, each box was $31 so about the same, but the longer season has sure upped the price.

I’m still going ahead with it though.  Aside from wanting to support my local farmer and wanting to eat as much organic produce as possible, there are other benefits.  I still have onions, garlic, beets, cabbage and half of a squash left from last season.  Although the CSA season was only 16 weeks, I’ve been eating from the stockpile much longer than that.  I’m thinking that a 26 week season should give me enough food for most of the year.  I was telling my friend about the cost this year and fully anticipated her telling me I was crazy.  Nope!  She thought it was great because she benefits too.  I give her the stuff that I don’t like -leeks, eggplant and radicchio!

The first boxes will arrive mid-April which Is still feeling like a long way away.  My plan is to blog each box every Wednesday.  Last season about half of the pictures were pictures that my farmer had posted on Instagram, this year I will not be so lazy and will take my own pictures.  If you want a sneak peak, follow me on Instagram!