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Old 07-24-2012, 12:24 PM   #1
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Are any of you members of a csa?

I'm thinking about joining a CSA next year (a community supported agricultural group for those of you who don't know). Do any of you do this? Do you find that it's worth it? Should I maybe try to find someone to split it with me?

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Old 07-24-2012, 12:33 PM   #2
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That's where they deliver weekly produce, right? My brother and his wife used to belong to one, and when we visited last year, what I noticed was an awful lot of produce just sitting and rotting on the counter. They couldn't keep up. You might want to split a membership!
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:43 PM   #3
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You may want to try it for 1 season.
Pros:
-opportunity to sample new produce
-contributes to a 'worthy' cause
-encourages consumption of wholesome foods
-can provide an opportunity to meet new people
Cons:
-can make meal planning a challenge
-availability / selection of the produce you prefer may be limited
-sort of a one way street (you pay in advance for the CSAs best efforts and suffer the consequences of their failures)
-can be expensive on a price per pound basis
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If I do it I will probably end up freezing quite a bit, possibly cooking full meals and freezing them individually so things don't go to waste.

I heard that the price per lb is low compared to a grocery store (kind of like buying a side of beef), unless of course the farm has a bad year, like with this draught in the Midwest.
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Our CSA charges $70 for 120 chicken eggs ( 6 eggs per week for 20 weeks).
That quantity of eggs can pretty much be produced by not much more than one chicken.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:31 PM   #6
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Our CSA charges $70 for 120 chicken eggs ( 6 eggs per week for 20 weeks).
That quantity of eggs can pretty much be produced by not much more than one chicken.
That's ridiculous. All of them are different of course, but the average price I was told was that it was $300 for the year and you generally get about 300 lb of produce.

I buy farm fresh eggs from a local lady with chickens for $1/dozen. I certainly wouldn't be part of THAT csa.
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Our CSA charges $70 for 120 chicken eggs ( 6 eggs per week for 20 weeks).
That quantity of eggs can pretty much be produced by not much more than one chicken.
$7.00 a dozen! They must be special!
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I am not a member of a CSA...however, I do have 6 families that come and get eggs, veggies...so I guess I'm a CSA provider...
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$7.00 a dozen! They must be special!
Wow! I feel bad about asking $4/dozen. Hmmm...maybe I can ship my excess eggs there and get $7 / dozen.

I figure it costs about $1.25 for the feed that I buy. I also free-range my hens. And then there is the time to feed them, lock them up at night, clean up after them, etc. I'm making about 50 cents/hour caring for the hens--sorry, that is -50 cents an hour. But, who knew having chickens could be som much FUN!!!
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That's ridiculous. All of them are different of course, but the average price I was told was that it was $300 for the year and you generally get about 300 lb of produce.

I buy farm fresh eggs from a local lady with chickens for $1/dozen. I certainly wouldn't be part of THAT csa.
That person is losing $. If I could, I'd sell the girls' eggs for $1/dozen, but I can't
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