9 Secrets to Finding the Best Local Food

There’s a cheaper, more convenient way to get local food than heading to your farmers’ market every week.

By Emily Main


Shopping at a CSA: what does it cost

When and where do you go to pick up your share? How does the CSA operate? How much does it cost?

These are all basic questions that can help you decide which CSA is best for you. Cost is a given—depending on the size of the share you get, you’ll be asked to pay between $200 and $600 at the beginning of the growing season. The good news is that you won’t have to pay for fresh vegetables at the grocery store for at least 6 months. Some CSAs provide boxes of food at a single drop-off point each week, while others allow you to come to the farm and choose from a variety of what’s available that week. In either case, make sure the farm or drop-off location is convenient, or else you may never make it to pick up all that food you’ve already paid for.

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