We scored a huge watermelon this week.
With nine other items.
1 bag Green Beans – Freedom Acres
1 bunch Dill – Kirkwood Herbs (I swapped for jalapenos)
1 bag San Marzano Roma Tomatoes – Maple Lawn Organics
6 ears Sweet Corn – Pine Hill Organics
1 bag Thumbalina Carrots – Farmdale Organics
1 bag Shallots – Shady Brook Organics
1 Red Seedless Watermelon – Misty Meadows
1 bag Yukon Gold Potatoes – Hillside Organics
1 pint Mixed Cherry Tomatoes – Farmdale Organics
1 bag Red Slicing Tomatoes – White Swan Acres
The whole picture here:
This week, just to show the difference, one of the 60% share members let me photograph their veggies before they divided them up. Two single friends share a 60% box. Besides getting a bit less than the full share, their amounts are smaller.
For a single vegetarian, or a couple, this is a perfect size for a CSA share. At less than $20 a week, most weeks they get 6-8 items. The baby eggplants were really cute. They get much more conventional veggies than the full share.
Right now, our pick up site is pretty full. A transferring member (from Silver Spring) was new this week. We had a nice visit and recipe swap between many of us today, as with perfect weather, we were out enjoying the sun without humidity.
As for value, I haven’t done a comparison lately, but today it was a really good easy one to do. Using prices for organic.
Corn $3 a half dozen
Cherry tomatoes $4
Slicing tomatoes @$3 a pound = $5
Green Beans $3
Heirloom Romas $4
Thumbelina Carrots $3
Potatoes, 4 pounds, $6
Total: $38 — Weekly Fee: $31
Some weeks it is even higher than this. Some weeks we get 12 or 13 items.
The CSA is such a bargain if you normally shop at organic stores, or farm stands.
Tonight for dinner, some of it made it onto our plates already. Like the corn.
Thanks to all the CSAs in the area, and the markets, fresh food is not far away.