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Crop Share / CSA
  • NoVapologist January 31, 2014 - 2:00 pm #98206 Reply

    Is anyone in a crop share or CSA program?

    I would love to hear your experience and get any recommendations on farms that you use.

    BPMBA January 31, 2014 - 3:21 pm #98216 Reply

    We had a full share of Great Country Farms’ CSA for several years. The primary reason for choosing them was that they delivered to our house (we lived in Old Town at the time). We had a full share, which was a lot of vegg for two people (and one was a vegetarian). You can split a share with someone, but you do all the work – i.e. – all of it is still delivered to one home, and then you split it up with someone.

    Pros:
    Super fresh fruits and veg
    Locally grown and you’re supporting a local business
    Home delivery
    A wide variety of fruits and veg
    It’s relatively inexpensive on a per-week basis (maybe $25?)

    Cons:
    Earlier-in-the-season deliveries were sparce, while peak-of-summer deliveries were enormous (it all evened out in the end)
    You pay for it all up front
    The real issue for us: You can’t pick what you get. While this forces you to try out new things (good), it might also force you to figure out how to use five lbs of kale each week for three weeks in a row

    In the end, once we moved to Arlington, we decided that visits to the local farmers market made more sense to us. I think we spend more money, but we also get exactly what we want.

    halj January 31, 2014 - 3:51 pm #98220 Reply

    I’ve had a full share from Waterpenny for the last 4 or 5 years and have always been happy. The drop location is the SRA building on Washington Blvd. They also have had a booth at the Courthouse Farmer’s Market for the past year or two.

    CourthouseChris January 31, 2014 - 4:25 pm #98222 Reply

    Do you know what the pickup window is at the SRA building? Waterpenny’s website doesn’t go into details…

    AmeriKEEN January 31, 2014 - 5:45 pm #98226 Reply

    I have a winter CSA share from Groundworks Farm that runs through May that I’ve been happy with. They have a pickup Wednesday evenings in Ballston/VA Square behind the Arlington Arts Center. Both quality and quantity have been great so far, despite it being winter. They have a few different options for shares (vegetables/meat/eggs I think). Their website has a lot of info, I’d recommend checking that out.

    AmeriKEEN January 31, 2014 - 5:50 pm #98227 Reply

    Shouldve put the website– http://www.groundworksfarm.com

    CourtLady February 1, 2014 - 7:28 pm #98254 Reply

    Being only a 2-person household now, and a 1-person household for many years, I did not go full on into the CSA because you are committed to take a box, even if you don’t have use for the produce. I also travel regularly for work, so being required to go pick up boxes of produce I may not ever use, was not what I was looking for. I joined Washington’s Green Grocer where you can schedule a box whenever makes sense for you. They have a number of different kinds of boxes (local only, mixed, organic, etc.) and you can add all sorts of different items to your order as well. They deliver to your door on your scheduled delivery day. It’s run by a local family and while every once and while mistakes are made, they always make up for it and are very nice folks.
    So just another option to consider for those of us that don’t have the life style to support a full on CSA membership.

    arlresident07 February 2, 2014 - 12:29 pm #98271 Reply

    We also use a delivery service that is not a true CSA, but is focused on local farmers. We receive weekly deliveries (overnight to a cooler placed on our patio). You can customize your order or get a fixed grab bag of veggies, fruits, or veggies and fruits. We’ve been using them for over a year and find they are very reliable and deliver very good quality produce. And, it’s been fun getting some new veggies that we didn’t usually buy ourselves. It’s called Hometown Harvest.

    NoVapologist February 3, 2014 - 9:27 am #98288 Reply

    Thanks everyone for the recommendations.

    halj February 3, 2014 - 1:07 pm #98339 Reply

    Pickup window at SRA building is noon to six, I think. I generally go at noon and am not certain what the end time is.

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