This is our box for the week from Eatwell Farm. We’ve got apples, oranges, lemons, strawberries, lemon balm, parsley, sugar snap peas, green garlic, spring onions, spinach, carrots, mixed greens.
We’re on the 12 week program (13th week is free) w/ a half dozen eggs, which comes to about $29 a box. Considering we get our box next door, the fruits and vegetables are organic AND they’re picked the week of delivery, it’s a no brainer value — and ridiculous from a freshness standpoint.
You also get things you might not normally buy at the store like romanesco, daikon, rainbow chard, jerusalem artichokes, rutabagas, and watermelon radish. And you learn to eat seasonally, which makes you realize we actually do have seasons in Northern California.
There are a few drawbacks. It’s not always easy to eat everything in a week, and you do have to cook. You might get weeks of weeks of something you might not like for example red cabbage or kale. You might not have enough of something to finish a recipe — need one more eggplant or one more onion, so you’ll have to supplement that at the store. You’ll also never get bananas (obviously) and probably some other “non-standard” vegetable.
Sign up with Eatwell if you’re in the Bay Area or I’d encourage signing up for another Community Support Agriculture (CSA) program like Eatwell Farm. A lot of them are popping up all over California and the rest of the United States.
* Hard to say whether or not CSA is scalable, I’m sure less than 1% of the country subscribes to a CSA. But it would be great to see because in practice we feel healthier and feel better knowing where our food comes from and the knowing the people who farm it.