Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The CSA for Vegetables starts next month. There is a meeting tomorrow, late in the evening for members to learn more about the program. I like that, but unfortunately I will probably not be able to show up. The time, place and date are inconvenient. I know so far that my pick up dates are weekly every Tuesday 3:30 to 5:30pm and the place I need to pick up is about 20 minutes a day. The fact that the pick up date is in the middle of a school/work week and that I have 3 kids to take with me on the trip there also makes it very inconvenient. I wish I had known the pick up day earlier and I would have thought about it a little more. For some reason, I thought the pick up date were Saturday mornings. This would have made it so much easier. So far my impression of this farm and their CSA program is that they are not very family friendly or that they assume that all CSA members, have no children or that we can just leave their kids with someone else while we pick up our produce, get out of work early and so forth. Still I've already signed the contract. I'm going to do my best to show up every Tuesday. Which mean I'll have to pick my daughter up from school and as soon as she gets out, then drive 25-30 minutes there, pick up our share (how ever long that will take) then drive 25-30 minutes back home. I really wish my city had more convenient options. No wonder so many people hesitate to join CSAs. It isn't that we don't want to. We either can't afford the cost, the pick up locations and dates are too inconvenient or both. In my case it is both. My only hope is that my opinion of this changes. As for the CSA of Meat... I had to ask to skip this month’s shipment. Its just not in my budget this month and I am so grateful their system is set up so that you can skip a month or two if you need to. It is more of a pay as you go CSA. I'm sure this is hard on the farmers though since they don't have certainty of the income they will get every month. Then again its hard on CSA members too since we don't know how much produce we will get every month and the economy isn't exactly stable. There has to be a common ground. I'm hoping through my experiences I will be able to find one and share it with everyone.