Struggling as we are in this economy (who isn't?) my husband has asked me to discontinue the CSA and cut down on organic shopping more than once now. I know to many people, including my husband, a CSA is considered a luxury item like cable or Starbucks drinks, but to me it is something completely different. To me it is priority because it's about my families health, about keeping them healthy from harmful chemicals added to everyday meats, fruits and vegetables.
I understand money is tight, but that is why I am making a considerable effort to make homemade items. I am cutting down on our portion sizes (this helps our waisteline too). I am using cloth napkins instead of paper napkins (saves money and trees). I compost kitchen scraps and in the spring and summer we use this compost now rich black soil in our garden. To make up up for the cost of CSA I consign our gently used items, I blog and I freelance write. I don't make much money doing this, but every little bit counts. In addition to all of this I am trying to learn to garden so we can buy less at the grocery store. With the lack of time its a little harder than I thought, but so far our garden has saved us money on cilantro, which use to go to waste in our fridge because after we bought it from the store we couldn't use it fast enough, cucumbers, which were yum yum yum, tomatoes, not as much as we hoped but at least $1 worth, rosemary, which is expensive at the store, parsley, we didn't use this much before, but now we do because it is free, and hopefully soon brocolli, cabbage and lettuce too. Yes I forgot to mention we have cabbage, some onion like thing and an onion that we accidently grew (long story), growing in out garden too.
So I can't stop it. I have to keep it up. I will just have to find a way to afford it. By they way we don't have cable, cellphones or buy Starbucks. I cut these out way before I joined the CSA, way before the economy dilemma, way before everything because I'm a frugal person....for the most part and honeslty we couldn't afford it then and can't afford it now. A cellphone would be nice though.