Here’s a little bit of background as to why:
a. We decided to buy part of a farm.
b. You’re reading about it.
This whole idea started when my boss asked if I’d have any interest in participating in a farm share with her and her family. She had done some research, and found out that it’s cheaper if you buy a full share versus a half-share, so I decided to jump on board. I’m always looking for new meal ideas and what better way than to be forced to expand your recipe ideas each week with the arrival of new, fresh vegetables, straight from the ground. Plus, it seems like a healthy way to get the recommended 80% of fruits and veggies into my diet.
I recruited my housemate, friend (and co-author of this blog) Audrey to split my share with me, since it sounds like each week’s delivery is a lot of food. We’ve been anxiously awaiting our first shipment of fruits and vegetables, due to arrive 5/31/11.
Joining a farm share seems like a great thing to do. There’s plenty of research that claims eating local is a lot better for everyone, including the local community, local farmers, etc. I didn’t have any problem dishing out the $250 to get me 20 weeks of fresh, locally grown produce.
I figure, even if it’s more than what I’d pay at the supermarket, at least its supporting local business. Plus the food is literally delivered to my doorstep—which cuts out the dreaded task of going to the store on Sunday nights to try and find and plan a week’s worth of food and meals.
But it did make me think. $250 for 20 weeks of food comes down to about $25.65 per week. Is that more or less than I would spend on produce in a regular week? How much will I end up spending on the other parts of the meals like grains, spices, sauces etc? That’s what I’d like to discover over the next five months.
And of course we’re also going to share all of the great recipe ideas we find (and come up with on our own) along the way. I’m really excited to get started and get inspired for some great new and tasty dishes. So whether you’re reading this blog to figure out whether or not a farm share is an economical choice for you, or if you’re just interested to see the recipes we find and create—we’re glad to have you as a reader. Feel free to drop us a line in the comments below if you have any questions, comments, or thoughts for how we could expand our project.