The first thing about our CSA was that I thought it started at the beginning of june, and unfortunately, I was not correct – it didnt start until the 11th of July. Given that we are getting 22 deliveries of fruit, that means this wont finish until sometime in early december (!!!). This news was somewhat disappointing to me, as I had hoped that the fruit would start sometime in June and end in November. Oh well, I’ll take what I can get – I already paid for it anyway, right?
So about a week before our first delivery was supposed to arrive, we get an email from the people who we purchased our CSA from, explaining that they had hoped to have tons of cherries, apricots and other things for us in our share this week, but it got decimated by a hail storm earlier in the season, so were getting……A half gallon of apple cider and a bottle of cherry wine! The next week (which was about a week ago) we were served up the same thing – A half gallon of apple cider and some apple sauce.
Needless to say, both of those things disappointed me greatly. I paid for fruit to be delivered to my local pick up spot, and I got cider? At first, I didnt think that was cool, but after talking with my dad, he said that what I got was better than nothing, which is what I could have gotten because that’s what the farm(s) output actually was from this time period. Today, I’ll go pick up my first of what I hope to be many servings of fruit – 4lbs of rhubarb and 3 lbs of pitted pie cherries. It sure looks like there’s a lot of pie in my future.
There is an inherent risk in doing this that I didnt mention last time (because it didnt really cross my mind). When you do something like this, you’re making a cash investment at one time for a return (of food) in the future. Unfortunately, you can never predict what will happen between the time of your investment and the time you need your return, so things will always be up in the air. Usually, the farm running the CSA will try to give you something each week when they say they will, but it wont always be what they had hoped. In other words: Go to hell, hail!
Readers: Have you ever joined a CSA? Do you think that the risk is worth it, or do you think that the risk can be mitigated in some other way? Are you thinking about purchasing a CSA share in the future?