CSA Share Inventory- First 3 Weeks of 2011 Season

I’ve been collecting my prepaid CSA  (Community Supported Agriculture) produce and egg “bags” from Growing Things Farm for three weeks.  So far the offerings are mostly green vegetables but that’s to be expected this time of year.  Everything has tasted wonderful.

This is our second year subscription to Growing Things Farm. CSAs are highly competitive in the Seattle area and there are many excellent farms offering competitive prices for a variety of boxed or bagged local farm produce, meats, dairy and other specialty foods.  I wanted to continue supporting this farm another year because it’s a small, female-owned, organic farm in the Snoqualmie Valley less than 40 minutes from my house.  The valley flooded four times this winter and temperatures are still moderately cool in mid-July.  Many farms struggled this year.  Subscribing to any CSA farm is a way for the general public to invest in a farm operation pre-season when costs for equipment and seeds are high, and the stakes are higher.

Traditionally a CSA subscriber pays upfront for a 20-week share without knowing exactly what they’ll get.  Like a lot of small farms, Growing Things Farm is generous with substitutions so it’s not a problem to swap green onions for another bunch of chard for example.  This CSA share works for me because we eat a lot of vegetables and I cook everyday.  For those who only like salads or raw vegetables as snacks, there are numerous CSAs that offer snack shares or customized boxes suited to individual tastes.  I believe there are CSA options for just about everyone who eats real food. Cascade Harvest Coalition publishes an annual Puget Sound Farm Guide.  For those living in the area, it’s worth reviewing the many CSA options out there.

This year we paid in advance  a total of $445 for a half share of organic vegetables and a half share (6 eggs) per week. It’s ideal for 2-4 people.  Over 20 weeks, that’s $22.25 per week for two people.  I don’t owe them another dime unless I want extras.  Here’s what we’ve gotten so far:

Cassius and Roxy admiring Week 1 CSA Share

Week 1

Half dozen eggs

Broccoli, 1/2 lb.

Peas, 1/2 lb.

Lettuce, 1 head

Chard, 1 bunch

Kale, 1 bunch

Japanese Turnips, 1 bunch

Green Onions, 1 bunch


Cassius and Roxy stand behind Week 2 CSA Share

Week 3- they forgot the eggs- next week!

Week 2

Half dozen eggs

Broccoli, 1 lb.

Sugar Snap Peas, 1/2 lb.

Kale, 1 bunch

Lettuce, 1 head

Summer Squash, 2 lbs.

Green Onions, 1 bunch

Week 3

Broccoli, 1 lb

Green cabbage, 1 head

Green Onions, 1 bunch

Sugar Snap Peas, 1/2 lb.

Rainbow Chard, 1 bunch

(missing eggs)

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One thought on “CSA Share Inventory- First 3 Weeks of 2011 Season

  1. Hi Lucy!

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