After two seasons with Plan B Organic Farms, we've discovered a range of new recipes and learned that we can survive an invasion of beets. This winter, we decided to experiment with a different community-supported agriculture program. We chose Cooper's Farm because they offered delivery, which will be handy when it starts snowing.
Plan B Organic Farms has a depot a block away from our house, and offers a box of organic produce for $25 a week. Cooper's Farm offers delivery for $24.86 (including the delivery fee).
We received our first delivery from Cooper's Farm this morning, neatly packed in a box. In total, the produce weighed 10.19kg, for a cost of $2.44/kg. Here's the breakdown:
In comparison, here's today's box from Plan B Organic Farms (total: 5.85kg, $4.27/kg):
During the fall season, we received an average of 6.57kg from Plan B Organic Farms (stdev = 1.12kg), composed of 11 different types of produce on average. The fall shares included some imported items (kiwi, avocado, etc.) to add variety.
Plan B Organic Farms produce was generally good, but occasionally of poor quality: squishy tomatoes, apples with soft spots, and so on. Still, it helped us get more vegetables into our diet, so it was worth it. Cooper's Farm CSA has been okay so far (except for one potato that we ended up chucking), although the produce required a lot more scrubbing.
It looks like Cooper's Farm CSA gives us more local produce for our buck, but with less variety. We'll see how the rest of it goes this season!