Reflections on Having a CSA
When you have a CSA...
1) You get wonderful food. I have never had kale as tender and delicious as the kale grown by the Sippels.
2) You discover new produce (delicata squash!).
3) You make a commitment to eating local produce every week from May to November. (In the past, I had always been a farmers' market regular, but I sometimes would let my local food shopping slide).
4) You are forced to become more inventive in your cooking--to discover multiple preparations for ingredients (such as cabbage) that you might not regularly buy.
5) You become much more in tune with the growing season of your local area. I now know that broccoli grows best in Ohio in September and October, for example.
6) You share in the risk and rewards of the season (you have to be prepared that some crops will do better than others depending on weather conditions).
7) You can get vegetables that are not commonly grown in Ohio. The Sippels grow okra only for their CSA members, but hardly anyone ever sells okra at the market because it isn't commercially viable in this state.
8) You can save a little money groceries, but you also have less choice about what you buy from week to week.
9) You know where your food is coming from--a big plus in this age of tainted spinach from corporate agribusiness.
10) You can eat heartily without guilt (knowing that you are contributing to local sustainable farming).