Beet Reporters – Why I Chose My CSA By David Mendoza

May 4, 2010 at 8:58 am

I don’t recall the specific reason, but late last year I became concerned with what is in my food and where it comes from. I already knew that our foods contained chemicals, but I did not know that a lot of our food is imported or that it travels an average of 1500 miles to get to my plate. I decided that I was going to start eating more locally, however possible. I started shopping at Whole Foods and seeking out local natural food & grocery stores, of course I saw my grocery bills rise.  I knew I needed to find a way to eat better while staying on budget.

I had previously shopped at Farmer’s Markets around the city and knew that I spent about $20 dollars per week or $320 dollars over the whole season, about 16 weeks, and still sometimes needing to run to the store to make it through the week.  I had never considered a CSA program and I found there are dozens to choose from.

I started doing research and talking with friends.  It took me several months to settle on a CSA. I paired up with a friend and we are splitting our CSA between two households, allowing us to participate in the program while minimizing the expense and risk of wasted food. We will pick up our share every week for about 4 months, the food is already paid for and there is no line to stand in.

I think this is going to work out perfectly!