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Oakland Bites: The CSA conundrum

on April 3, 2009

I was really, really excited for a box of produce to start showing up at my door every week, particularly after the vortex of grad school kept me from going to the grocery store for two weeks. (I know. Gross.) After looking into some great suggestions from commenters Art and Raphael, I was ready to go. But after trying to fill out two, count ’em two, order forms at two CSAs, I found out that I am not the only one interested in joining up. Unless I do some really creative wheedling–or sign up for the plan that will cost me $128 a month–I’m going to have wait until at least May. I haven’t seen a waitlist like this since I considered buying a Prius.

Has anyone else had this experience–or any suggestions for places that might be willing to take me on right away? I’m really sold on the idea, and would love to get started with spring produce.


  1. Rafael on April 3, 2009 at 11:21 am

    try for a couple of weeks. it takes a little while to get used to, and for things you don’t use that go bad, it may feel like being wasteful but it’s not.

    Some of the fruits and vegetables you get won’t be the prettiest, but you maybe surprised with some of the flavors and taste.

    Also, eatwell and other csa’s tend to pick at the very last moment so you’ll get the freshest possible.

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