Participation in a CSA is different than buying veggies at the store or farmer’s market in that it involves sharing the risk of farming with the farmer. There are no guarantees as to the content of the bins from week to week – yields and variety will be are sometimes determined by weather and factors beyond the control of the farmer. Typically the first month of the season has lighter boxes (more leaves, fewer items). The weight and variety of the box increases as the bounty of late summer and fall comes on.
You can expect that you will regularly encounter items that you wouldn’t normally buy, and some things you may not recognize! We plan to have a nice variety of items from week-to-week, but we are not able to customize the box to each CSA member’s taste. CSA participation works best for those who have a sense of adventure in the kitchen, enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and those who cook from scratch most nights of the week. Planning your weekly menu around what you receive in your share is the best way to get good value from your share. CSA doesn’t work for everyone. Before committing for the season, take this 5 question quiz to see if a CSA is right for you.