For anyone who might be unfamiliar with that term, a farm share or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) means that for a pre-determined amount of time (like the summer growing season) you pay up front for a share of vegetables from a local farm. After paying, you go to the farm weekly and pick up a mess of vegetables that were just plucked from the earth, and then you go home and panic because you have no idea what to do with them--at least that's what I'm predicting will happen for me.
The farm I chose to do a share with, is in Rehoboth, MA, which is about 15 miles from my house. Once a week, they'll make delivery to Providence and I'll go pick up my stuff. According to their website, one share will feed "2 avid vegetable lovers, or 4 moderate vegetable lovers with produce for the week." Since BF is not an avid vegetable lover, and because of my 15+ years as a vegetarian who is mildly afraid if vegetables, I decided to share my share with a friend. If I still wind up with way too much produce, I'll find people to take it off my hands, or I'll experiment with new methods of food preservation--or I'll just host a lot of potlucks.
The way this particular farm share works, my friend and I pay $400 ($200 each) for vegetables from June-August (13 weeks). Some other farm shares that I looked into also had an egg or flower component, which sounds awesome. This one had the flowers, but no eggs, which is what I really wanted (Wee Watson will just eat any flowers that come into the house). I haven't really been keeping track of what I spend on just produce (I just spent $8 on brussels sprouts, to give you an idea), but it will be interesting to try this for at least a season and see how much food I get, whether it feels like it's worth it and figure out a way to use and enjoy strange new vegetables that I never would have been brave enough to buy on my own. Bok choy, anyone?
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Each week that I'm doing the farm share, I'll document what I get, and share any recipes that I come up with. Here's to a new, vegetable adventure! Of course, it doesn't start until June, so I'm a bit ahead of myself, but I'm so excited!
Has anyone else ever done a farm share? What did you think of it? Admittedly, I picked this place because I liked their name and they deliver to Providence--perhaps I should have done more research? Any tips are appreciated!