Interview with a CSA Member

As a follow up to yesterday’s post on joining in Community Supported Agriculture, I wanted to include an interview from a long time member, Matt Jabs. He’s been blogging over at Debt Free Adventure, sharing his family’s practical personal finance tips. When I was looking to get feedback from CSA members months ago, he quickly came to my aid. Encourage by how much he enjoyed it, I joined The Produce Box this year.

I hope you find his interview as helpful as I did!

Note: I originally posted up on Couple Money, but I think the topic is highly relevant for Married Food readers.

What motivated you and your family to participate with a CSA?

My wife and I live on a .17 acre lot in a suburban neighborhood with limited space to grow our own food. It’s important to us to support local farmers who are growing food properly rather than conventional farms who are growing toxic, nutritionally bankrupt food – every dollar spent on food is a vote for what type of food you want.

We also enjoy experimenting with new foods and belonging to a CSA gives us a fun opportunity to do just that.  Lastly, while we’re working to get out of debt we both work full-time which leaves us limited time to spend planning, growing, and harvesting our own garden.

What foods are included with your share of the CSA? Meat, produce, dairy?

The farm we share with offers shares of vegetables, fruit, eggs, chicken, pork, and fresh flowers… but we only subscribe to the veggie share because we have other farmers who supply the other staple products.

How frequently do you receive your food?

Our CSA delivers produce once a week for 19 weeks and offer us, to a certain extent, the ability to pick and choose the produce we enjoy the most so we don’t end up with things we don’t enjoy.

I know one complaint/excuse people have about joining is the price, have noticed that to be an issue for you?

We budget the money every year and simply set aside 1/12th of the money every month so we have the cash saved when spring rolls around.  We have also ran the numbers and found our CSA to be more cost effective than buying produce weekly from a grocery store.

We also plan our meals around the produce each week and simply add meat from our grass fed 1/4 beef in the freezer and add beans and/or rice from our organic bulk stash in the basement.  Altogether it is very cost effective.  I actually wrote an article that details all of the ways we save money on groceries, most of which center around healthy, organic food.

My gratitude goes out to Matt for taking some time out of his schedule to share his perspectives. If you haven’t already, please check out his blog over at Debt Free Adventure.

Photo Credit:  Danielle Scott