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    Posted: 12/March/2010 at 12:13pm
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I'll vouch for Irv & Shelly's.  It's where I get almost all my meat (humane, grass fed & local!) and some veg / cider when in season and I can plan ahead.  They have a great variety and I am pleased with the quality and service.  It's good for those of us scared to commit to a full CSA share Big%20smile
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Originally posted by Number6 Number6 wrote:

It's good for those of us scared to commit to a full CSA share Big%20smile


That would be me.  Thanks for the rec! Clap
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Originally posted by Number6 Number6 wrote:

I'll vouch for Irv & Shelly's.  It's where I get almost all my meat (humane, grass fed & local!) and some veg / cider when in season and I can plan ahead.  They have a great variety and I am pleased with the quality and service.  It's good for those of us scared to commit to a full CSA share




For the acronymimly challenged: CSA is Community Supported Agriculture.

The small farmer determines what it takes to bring his goods to market and survive until next year. Then: how many folks that'll feed. Then they sell "shares" in this year's crop to be delivered/picked up on a regular schedule. Good for the farmer because he gets money at the beginning of the growing season when it is needed most. Good for the consumer because they get edible product they know the origin of and can budget for.

At first blush, the prices may seem high, but that's because you don't usually break out your produce costs from your grocery bill. Getting a steady, most times bountiful, stream of fresh produce encourages healthier eating, introduces unfamiliar greens, veggies, roots, fruits that you normally by-pass in your shopping, and gives you an incentive to eat the product since you've already paid.

As #6 says, it's sometimes hard to commit to a full share, so many of the CSAs offer half or quarter shares. A few will accommodate intermittent orders as well.

RD version, you're gonna by produce anyway, so why not buy from local sources? They can't supply a Jewel or Dominicks but they can grow stuff just for YOU and others like you. Go ahead. Do it. You know you've wanted to. Think of the bragging you can do about how you're helping rebuild the family farm system that fed this country until agribusiness took over.

You don't have to start hugging trees or anything... unless you want to.
It won't make you a DFH or commie nazisocialist. It won't turn you gay or make you want to marry a horse. It's safe and friendly and helpful, that's all.




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