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Fatty Talk “Community Supported Agriculture” by Dyselon

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Dyselon 4 years ago on 03/10/10
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Hey, has anyone ever bought in to one of these?

For those unfamiliar with the concept: It's basically a program whereby you buy shares in the upkeep of a local farm, so every week you can go pick up a box full of whatever that farm produces.

There's a quite a few in LA, and since I'm unemployed, meeting their kind of crappy pickup location/times is easier for me right now. I'm lured by the idea of basically being forced to cook with brand new stuff every week, as well as being forced to eat more veggies, but my worry is that I'll neglect to pick up my box often, and that'll I'll let a lot of it go bad. Most programs allow for some kind of trial, or allow for week to week participation, so I think I'm going to at least give it a shot, and see how it goes.
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Mark Argent 4 years ago on 03/11/10
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I'm really interested in joining my local CSA. I like having fresh fruits & vegetables around, and I like the challenge and experience of getting foodstuffs I wouldn't normally think of buying, then trying to find something to do with them.
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domminess 4 years ago on 03/11/10
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The only problem with mine is that it's all the way up in Chapel Hill, which is like forty minutes from me. I've been thinking a lot about joining it, a friend of mine has and she raves about it. Maybe when I get a few paychecks under my belt.
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pamelaNeko 4 years ago on 03/11/10
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Oh!! There are a couple of these services in Chicago. They will deliver the produce to you! I've always been interested but I never bought it b/c it's kind of pricey... and I just know I'm not home often enough to use all the produce before it spoils :(
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Lamb Eater 4 years ago on 03/11/10
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My aunt does this, sorta.

Instead of buying shares, she works/volunteers on the farm for a couple hours a week (2-4) and she is able to pick from produce once a week as well that was picked by her and other people there throughout the week. I think it works well and plus its straight from the ground and their are no pesticides used on the produce.
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sparkledonkey 4 years ago on 03/11/10
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We live in a city with a glut of good CSAs, most of which deliver, and we still haven't done this! Now that the four of us are all eating essentially the same food, which includes a ton of vegetables anyway, we really should.

eppythatcher said:
I like having fresh fruits & vegetables around, and I like the challenge and experience of getting foodstuffs I wouldn't normally think of buying, then trying to find something to do with them.

Or you could just live with Jake since he does this all the time. He'll come home from the grocery store with the oddest assortment of vegetables and say, "Let's figure out something to do with THESE!" Being a huge research dork I like the challenge, and we've come across some good recipes online and in our cookbooks that we might not otherwise have tried.
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motherhoodlum 4 years ago on 03/11/10
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which reminds me, Jen, I need to kidnap Jake and drag him through the local asian market up here. Their produce section utterly fascinates me.
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Dyselon 4 years ago on 03/11/10
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Alright, guys, I signed up for a box next week at one of the more popular ones. I'll report back when I pick it up next Tuesday.
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Duck 4 years ago on 03/11/10
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Yay! which one did you go with?

I subscribed to paradiseo.com for a while, which isn't a CSA, really - but a fruit./veggie box delivery service that buys from a couple different farms.

I loved getting a fresh box of veggies and fruits every other week and I have two guinea pigs, so they eat whatever I just can't figure out.
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Dyselon 4 years ago on 03/11/10
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http://www.southcentralfarmers.com/ is the one I'm trying first, because they allow for week-to-week, and they're pretty cheap ($15 a box, though you can choose to pay more).

https://csacalifornia.org/ is the one I want to try next. Their listing of what they've put in their boxes sounds a little better, but it's more expensive, and their trial is 4 boxes long, which is a bit of a commitment.

Why did you stop subscribing?
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Clara 4 years ago on 03/12/10
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I really want to do this, but I'd have to spend a lot of time cooking and conning my roommates into helping me eat it, so I haven't jumped in yet.
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umaburk 4 years ago on 03/12/10
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damn. not a whole lot of rednecks on OB, is there?
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Duck 4 years ago on 03/12/10
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Oh, nice! And they have a culver city pickup - I might try it out too!
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Chib 4 years ago on 03/12/10
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This sounds awesome. There are a ton around Nashville.
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lowcutskeleton 4 years ago on 03/12/10
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Yes, it's very much worth it!

Back in Portland we got to buy in on some kinds of livestock (cuts of Chickens, Pig, etc), milk and cheese. Best part was, sometimes extra things you didn't ask for got thrown in, and surprises like that lead to even tastier dinners.
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Dyselon 4 years ago on 03/19/10
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So, I got my box on Tuesday. It was 100% greens, and I literally haven't eaten any of it, other than nibbling on a various bits of it trying to figure out what everything was. So far, I'd consider it a success.
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Coffee Anon 4 years ago on 03/24/10
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I've got several in my area, but all just out of my reach.
I'd love to support a local organic farm in exchange for a box of fresh produce every week.
I go through fresh produce faster than anyone I know, so I can be sure that none of it will go to waste.
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RogueSamus 4 years ago on 06/10/10
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Bump! Tis the season!
I joined one of these and got my first week's distribution. I am THRILLED!!
The first week I got asparagus, snow peas, radishes, red onions, bibb lettuce and some beautiful ripe tomatoes! All organic and locally grown! This is the first CSA in our area and the woman who runs it told me she had so much more participation than she expected. It's nice to know that finally I can buy local produce in the middle of the goddamn farm belt!

I paid $215 for 20+ weeks. I am going to get SO much wonderful food! It will really help me learn to cook well. And, my birdies will love all these greens! Shing, I want to adopt some guinea pigs too to make them help me out with this!
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NekoStar 2 years ago on 12/23/11
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Ok this is an old ass thread but I am interested to see how people like these.

I just found out that the Whole Foods 3 blocks from my office is a pick up location for Tanaka Farms CSA boxes. It would be really easy for me to pick it up on my way home . It costs $20 for a small box, and you can cancel at anytime. The box appears to be about the size of a case of beer. Does it seem possible for one person (my roommate does not eat the food I cook) to eat that much fruits and veggies in 2 weeks with out it spoiling? Do you get overwhelmed with a lot of the same item over and over again? Is it worth the money?
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Barney Stinson 2 years ago on 12/23/11
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Oh shit I forgot about this thread. I joined a CSA about 2.5 months ago and I have loved every bit of it! Underwood Family Farms out in Moorpark is where I get my produce from. Their small box is 19 dollars and its a weekly delivery, and you buy 4 weeks at a time. You get a discount if you buy 13 weeks in advance, and an even larger discount if you buy 26 weeks in advance.

I seriously love everything I have ever received from it. Knowing it is cut out of the earth ONE DAY before I get it makes me pretty damn happy. As for spoiling, remember that produce from the store has been sitting in a truck for a week or more. CSA produce is so fresh that it keeps for quite a long time. I just ate some bok choy tonight that we got 10 days ago and it tasted better than anything from the store.

I currently live with my parents and we end up having a surplus every week, of items we havent had a chance to use yet. Usually the squashes and such. Whenever that happens though, soups are awesome ways to use up food to make room for a new batch.

As for being overwhelmed with the same item over and over again, I would say that its pretty awesome to get produce that you have never even heard of before, and letting that food adventure dictate the new recipes you will discover online when you research the produce.

It's totally worth the money and you should DO IT.

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