I picked up our first box of fruits and vegetables last week. Our day is Wednesday. Oh let me tell you…how exciting it is.
I’m not sure why it’s like Christmas morning every time I go up there…perhaps it’s because I never know what I’m going to get. This year’s farming season is pretty much in full swing, so eating is much better than it was a few months ago.
Now listen, and I have explained this to the guys up at the farm numerous times, I am not one of these people who show up in my hemp sneakers asking if everything is organic. I couldn’t care less. All I want is bulk food. I want lots of it and I want it in commodity fashion. Sure, I would prefer they not spray garbage all over the plants, but I certainly don’t want a micro zucchini with the adjectives “local, green, organic…” written all over it. I want big food in a big box.
So last week was the first week. I picked the box up and was somewhat pleased. It wasn’t overflowing like I thought it would be, but there was some good stuff in there. I think the strawberry quarts did it. They go for about $6 each. There were beets, radishes, lettuce and some other stuff. For $25 per week (paid in total at the beginning of the season), it wasn’t bad.
There was only one problem though. We burned through the box in two days. I guess we like fruits and vegetables. I considered going up to two boxes per week or just getting the larger box, but I decided that supplementing our weekly box with a customized one I would fill myself, like the non-CSA civilians have to do, would be best. I did this on Saturday and I think it worked out well. I chock filled the box and it only cost about $33. Here’s a picture of it:
The reason the cost wasn’t over the top is because I only purchased vegetables this time. The fruit is what costs more.
I guess this is the way we are going to do it this year. Two weekly boxes up until November/December. Remember, you can still pick cauliflower late in the season. I was buying it frozen solid last year. It was buried under the snow.