UNFORTUNATELY fresh Organic produce is just not readily available for many folks because we can't afford to pay the higher prices for the produce. There are occasionally some fantastic sales but for the most part you pay more for organic.
Well I am going to tell you how to get about a bushel of fresh organic produce for roughly $15 a week!
Have you ever heard of a CSA? Me either!! CSA means community Supported Agriculture. According to the Delvin Farms website:
"Community Supported Agriculture is the basic principle of pairing local consumers who want fresh organic produce with local growers who want a stable and appreciative market for their produce. A group or "community" of consumers supports a local farm by purchasing, in advance, shares of that farm's next season's harvest. The farmer grows organic produce for this community and divides the harvest among shareholders."
- $15 for a ton of fresh produce each week.
- Your health should improve as you are now eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies
- You might lose a few pounds by substituting fresh fruits and veggies for higher calorie foods.
- You get to try new foods without spending a fortune for them.
- All produce is Organically grown, which means no pesticides and no herbicides
- Produce that tastes better because it is straight off the farm and only hours old.
- Weekly distributions of quality produce such as broccoli, cabbage, green onions, kale, collard greens, turnip greens, radishes, lettuces, tomatoes, bell peppers, a variety of hot peppers, squash, zucchini, eggplant, kale, melons, and Irish potatoes, turnips, kale, collards, beets, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, turnip greens, sweet and hot peppers.
- Supporting local farming business, which in turn brings more money to local community.
- Knowledge of where your food comes from.
- Developing a mutual trust and friendship with a farmer.
- You can actually get locally grown produce that is grown organically for basically 15.00 a week!!!!
The Winter CSA is through Bountiful Blessings.
Their CSA information from their website:
Our goal is for each box to contain the following "staples" of the winter diet:
Sweet potatoes or winter squash
Alliums (either garlic, bulb onions, leeks, shallots, or scallions)
Brassicas (either Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower or broccoli - with emphasis on broccoli)
A "mess" of cooking greens (either kale, collards, Swiss chard, turnip or beet greens, etc.)
Herbs - at least one variety (parsley, chives, cilantro, thyme, oregano, dill)
Root crops (beets, rutabagas, turnips, radishes, etc.)
European greens (endive, escarole, radicchio, arugula, mache, claytonia, cress, sorrel etc.)
Asian Greens (Chinese cabbage, pac choi, tatsoi, mizuna, komatsuna, mustard, etc.)
Misc. (kohlrabi, fennel, etc.)
We hope to have extra produce so you can order additions to your basic box
The vegetables and fruit you can expect in the spring include strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, green onions, kale, collard greens, turnip greens, radishes, and lettuces. Summer will bring blueberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, a variety of hot peppers, squash, zucchini, eggplant, kale, melons, and Irish potatoes. Fall crops include turnips, kale, collards, beets, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, turnip greens, sweet and hot peppers.
Still confused as to why I would spend this kind of money on vegetables? Please read Becky's post in Frugal in Franklin about why a frugal person would pay $700.00 for vegetables.
Just an update since I posted this originally last July/August...I do NOT have the money saved so am not participating currently. Do any of you currently participate in one of these?