Community Sponsored Agriculture For Dummies (Yes, That’s Me).
Ugh. I’ve reached a new height of stupidity. My local grade school has a weekly CSA farm box program that I’ve been wanting to join for the past two years. I mean what could be better? I get a box of organic produce, support local farmers, and support my local public school. There is no downside.
I’ve put off joining the program for years because the school is two miles up a very steep hill. In a universe where I have my act together, I would make time every Thursday to walk up the hill and turn the errand into a work-out. In real life, I kind of dread sweating this much for groceries. Of course, I could drive up the hill, but getting into my car for such a short distance makes me feel like a jerk. Because, hello. It would only take me 40 minutes total to do this on foot and waste no gasoline.
It took me until last week to realize that my friend Jane DRIVES BY MY HOUSE every day to get her kids from said school. She also picks up a farm box every Thursday. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure out that I could carpool with her. Duh. At any rate, we are both pleased that we’ve turn an errand into a weekly play date for ourselves.
I picked up my first farm box today. The school has it all figured out.The $23 boxes are smaller than other CSA boxes I’ve looked at, which is actually a good thing considering I’m generally just cooking for two people. The waxed cardboard boxes are even reused week after week, so there’s pretty much no package waste.
The other local CSA near me is amazing and has much fancier produce for $44 for per box. But $44 is beyond my weekly food budget, even for organic produce. $23 is even less than I spend at the farmer’s market each week for organic produce, so I’m actually saving money by buying through the school. Although I don’t have a choice of what shows up in the school farm box on a week to week basis, it will force me to be more thoughtful about my cooking this year which is one of my New Year’s Resolutions.
This week’s box includes two bunches of curly kale, one bunch of red chard, two brown onions, one butternut squash, three Pink Lady apples, three kiwi fruits, five tangerines, and sixteen small white potatoes.
Pinky immediately made himself a kale salad for lunch.