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Los Angeles Area Community Supported Agriculture

June 10, 2010

My duty as a pf blogger is to help you find the best value for your money in various areas in your life.  (What, you though I just was a haphazard blogger who had no sense of duty?  Ok, busted.  But still.)

I’ve recently become interested in Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs), so I decided to take a methodological approach and share my results with you.  This will most benefit those living in the L.A. area, but it is possible my results will lead you to try (or not try!) a CSA in your own area.

I do not plan to try all of these on the list — just the ones that I would consider using on a regular basis.  If I don’t try one, I’ll still gather some information and let you know why I decided not to do it. For the ones I try, I’ll let you know what I think of the value of the produce and the CSA itself.

Let me know if you are aware of other L.A. area CSAs!

The List:

Why am I doing this anyway?  I don’t have a solid reason.  I’ve been known to buy the cheapest tomatoes at the store, even though I know the more expensive ones taste better.  I rarely buy organic unless it is the same price, and I’m not convinced it is really so much better.

However, I do believe in eating local, in supporting local farms, and in getting fresh produce.  And I just like experiments!  I think it will be fun to see what is coming in the boxes and find ways to eat it all!  I predict that I’ll end up decided my farmers market + grocery store is the best buy for me, but we’ll see!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2010 8:20 am

    Thanks for this post! After reading it, I googled CSA in my area and found one not even 10 minutes away. I’m definitely going to check them out.

    It’s one of the never-ending struggles of personal finance – deciding between saving money by buying less healthy (and less local-friendly) food at the grocery store and spending more money for organic food or locally-grown food at a farmer’s market. I’ve yet to find a balance.

  2. June 10, 2010 10:53 am

    Oh, this is great, thanks! 🙂 I’ve been meaning to go to my local farmer’s market… but it just hasn’t happened. I love the idea of fresh stuff being delivered to our doorstep!!

  3. Patricia permalink
    June 10, 2010 11:28 am

    If you have time to spare, consider asking your local farm to help out in return for a free or discounted share. Most farms are so busy during the summer they need the extra hands. I volunteer at my local CSA (on the east coast) a few hours a week for a free share. It has cut down on my grocery bill, I eat healthier, get the freshest produce, try new foods and recipes, support a local farm, and get to chat with locals when they come in to pick up their items. I really enjoy everything about it.

  4. June 10, 2010 2:30 pm

    My local farmer’s market is only open until noon on the weekends! My boss’ wife works for them, and I told her she should at least keep it open until AFTER I have my coffee.

    All joking aside, I’m looking forward to seeing how this goes!

  5. June 10, 2010 9:13 pm

    CSA is a great concept for a number of reasons; fresh organic produce, health, keeps $ in the local economy, supports a farmer, etc… But, it can be hard sometimes. Make sure you are able to get a half share unless you cook everyday and have a big family. I find that by making stock and using my juicer, I’m able to keep up with the produce.

  6. Andy permalink
    January 18, 2011 7:52 pm

    Just wanted to pass on the fact that Farm Fresh to You is giving a 20% off discount for the first box to their new customers using promo code 482 …Pass on the good news!

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