For the past two weeks, our weekly CSA farm notes have been apologetic, assuring us that they were just waiting for some more sunny days to let the vegetables take off and then we’d “see the boxes fill.” This was a bit of a shocker since we already were overwhelmed with the “lightly loaded boxes.” Well, this past Friday, we got a little hint of what a full box means*…
And I’m shocked but giddy to report that our grocery bill for this entire week was exactly: $10.23
Actually, our Saturday “reload” bill was only $5.03 for the week, but then we concocted an “Iron Chef” competition with some friends to help us use up the vegetables before we head to CA on Friday. We decided to make a veggie lasagna…and well…the cheese put us over $10 for the week. That’s just what cheese does.
BUT STILL! I mean, we honestly did not need anything other than milk, bread, and a $1 can of spaghetti sauce on Saturday. Crazy.
CSAs: Forcing you gleefully into a rockin’ budget since the 1980s.**
*Namely, 3 huge cucumbers (the best I’ve ever had. Ever.), 2 pints of blueberries, one HUGE walla walla onion, a bunch of green onions, 2 heads of lettuce, 6 large tomatoes, huge zuchinni, huge summer squash, 13 carrots, 2 head broccoli, 1 head cauliflower, 7 beets, parsley. That’s in addition to the veggies we still had from the week before: 5 carrots, 1/2 onion, 2 bunches of green onions, swiss chard, summer squash, 6 turnips, 3 beets, 1/2 pint of strawberries, and a whole lotta snap peas.
**”Community supported agriculture began in the early 1960s in Germany, Switzerland, and Japan as a response to concerns about food safety and the urbanization of agricultural land. Groups of consumers and farmers in Europe formed cooperative partnerships to fund farming and pay the full costs of ecologically sound, socially equitable agriculture. In Europe many of the CSA style farms were inspired by the economic ideas of Rudolf Steiner and experiments with community agriculture took place on farms using biodynamic agriculture. In 1965, mothers in Japan concerned about the rise of imported food and the loss of arable land started the first CSA projects, called teikei (提携) in Japanese – most likely unrelated to the developments in Europe.
The idea took root in the United States in 1984, when Jan Vander Tuin brought the concept of CSA to North America from Europe.” ~Wiki Pedia