[Ingredient Spotlight: CSA Box #25]

Sadly, we are missing the last week of our Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA share. Here's what we would have picked up this week in our CSA box: 

2 Leeks - Farmdale Organics
1 Head Green Butterhead Lettuce - Coyote Run Organics
1 Medium Spaghetti Squash - Elm Tree Organics
1 Head Broccoli - Organic Willow Acres
1 Head Green Cabbage - Green Valley Organics
1 Butternut Squash - Green Valley Organics
1 Bag Onions - Windy Hollow Organics
1 Package Cremini Mushrooms - Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms

This was our first year taking part in a CSA share. We paid $425 for a 25-week vegetable half-share, which averages out to $17 per box. As I've shown in these ingredient spotlight posts each week, we received a large variety of vegetables and mushrooms in each box. Would I sign us up again next year? At this point, I think my answer would be no. Even with just a half-share, we ended up with more vegetables than we were able to eat in time before either (a) the produce went bad or (b) the next week's box arrived. And though I enjoyed trying new vegetables from week to week, there came a point when I had had my share of beets and kale, yet they just kept coming. I think I would consider going in on a half-share again if we shared it with another couple, but at this point, I don't think it makes sense for us. I think it was a great deal for a weekly boxful of organic produce; I think it would be hard to get the same amount of veggies for that little of a cost in a grocery store. 

Since eating organic and/or locally-raised produce is important to me, I think next year we will spend the money we would have otherwise put toward a CSA share at our (many) local farmers markets. That way we can ensure that we are still supporting local farmers while also purchasing just the vegetables that we want to eat that week. In general, though, we had a great experience with the Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA, and I would highly recommend them to anyone interested in the Philadelphia (and greater NY/DC) region.