At the CSA, I pay $12 / week and average about 4.5lbs of produce making my pound for pound cost around $2.75. This mostly meets my needs for an entire week. I bring my own bags and there is, obviously, no packaging involved. My farmer picks the produce fresh the day before our pickup. Items last about 2 weeks in my refrigerator. (My emphasis)Produce shipped to a supermarket may be a week away from harvest, and have endured who knows what conditions on its way to you. I have been absolutely amazed at how long my veggies last in the refrigerator when I buy them from our farmers market. I waste so much less. Of course, there is a lot less going in the composter, but that's OK, there's always something like peels.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Local food is too expensive?
Sometimes we hear that we can buy produce at the supermarket so much cheaper than at the farmers market or through a CSA or even a farm stand. But think about this.
Posted by Lucy Edwards at 2:47 PM