As I mentioned in my first post, we are share holders in two CSA programs. This year is our first year participating in the meat CSA with Pat’s Pastured, a local farm that raises beef, lamb, pork, and poultry using pasture practices. If you’re familiar with Joel Salatin, farmer Pat McNiff’s practices have been said to be quite similar. Let the chickens be chickens, the beef be beef, let Bartlett be Bartlett, and pork be pork, etc. (Sorry, my nerd was showing there). The CSA runs from May through October and cost $650 up front. We can expect once-monthly hauls of between 10 to 15 lbs of mixed meat plus a dozen eggs (I think), and we worked it out to be about $8.25/lb. not bad considering that it is local, humanely raised, and delicious. We’ve been buying Pat’s meat at our farmers market for about a year and it makes all other meat taste like old shoes. It’s excellent. Pat’s got a a great thing going in East Greenwich, and he’s overcome some serious NIMBY judgypants folks to bring a great thing to this area.
Our vegetable CSA, which we participated in last summer, is run through Casey Farm in Saunderstown, RI. For about $525, we get a haul once a week for 26 weeks. Keeps us healthy on the cheap!
We’re looking anxiously forward to the start of our CSAs. There’s only so much more frozen and very out of season food I can eat as the weather gets more and more beautiful!