Why you should join a CSA: 10 Reasons

March 10, 2015

10 reasons to join a csa1. The taste.

Every fruit and veggie you receive is freshly harvested and delivered to you soon thereafter.  This is why EVERYTHING tastes better.  Plus you get the added benefits of vitamins and nutrients.

2. Support your local farms.

Giving back to the community feels good!  It is also important as it allows farmers to better plan before the harvest season when they may work up to 14 hour days.


3. Eliminate unnecessary chemicals and substances from our bodies.

Yes, I am talking about additives: GMOs, Pesticides, Hormones, and more.  The only thing we know for certain about these additives is that we don’t know what kind of long-term effect they have on our bodies.  With diseases from cancer to high blood pressure to obesity at an all time high we have to protect ourselves in any way we can.  If you are interested in learning more, check out Sustainable Table and Wheat Belly.

4. It’s like getting a surprise gift every week.

Our CSA farm sends a “what to expect” email out the day before we pick up our basket.  It is exciting to find out what we’ll be receiving and look up new (or old) recipes. When we pick up our basket it is always surprising to see how much of everything we get and to taste test. 🙂


5. You will discover new things you love that you never would have tried otherwise

When I tell friends about being in a CSA they often say that they want to try it but they might get something in their basket they don’t like or don’t know how to cook.  In these days where there are literally hundreds of recipes floating around the internet there is no excuse not to try something new.  Trust me, with the farm fresh flavor you will like it.

6. Your grocery trips will take less time

Honestly, does anyone like grocery shopping?  What could be better than making these trips shorter?  When you are receiving a weekly basket of the best fruits and veggies you have ever had you can skip the produce section completely.

7. You will eat less sugar

what kind of fruit can satisfy your sugar cravings

Anyone out there still think sugar isn’t an addiction??  Well for me it is a full blown one.  I take it one day at a time.  One thing I know for sure is that when I am receiving my basket I eat less processed sugar because my sugar cravings can be fulfilled through the fresh fruit.  I know that sounds crazy but the fruit literally tastes like candy.

8. You will feel like a top chef

Nowadays the internet can be used as a cook book.  Once you find a recipe and you may end up cooking vegetables in ways you never knew existed, memorizing instructions, and understanding spices.  It is fun!

9. Makes meal planning a cinch

Meal planning is a headache.  A CSA can help with that!  The CSA stocks your fridge and counters with the main ingredients your meals for the week.  You will still have to figure out what you are making and buying certain ingredients but the hard work of coming up with the actual meal plan, is done for you.

10. Inexpensive

How a CSA can save you money

For starters, you will slash your grocery bill by skipping the produce section.  The CSA I am a share holder in costs me about $20 a week.  Are you spending that much in the grocery store on purely fruits and veggies?  If you are, I guarantee it doesn’t taste as good and you aren’t getting as much for your money.  Here are two examples of baskets we have received:

Example Winter Season:  head of kale, romaine lettuce, and cabbage, 2 butternut squash, bucket of strawberries, 4 small sweet potatoes, small head of broccoli and cauliflower, tomatoes

Example Summer II Season:  overflowing bag of peaches, container of raspberries, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, pink eyed peas, tomatoes, watermelon

Now, every CSA is different with pricing so you will need to see what is available in your area and how that will work for you.  Usually you have to pay upfront for that season so you do need to figure out budgeting which I plan on writing a post about soon.

Do you already take part in a CSA?  Why do you do it?  If you would like to find one near you try looking here and I urge you to sign up.  You will feel healthier and excited about eating your fruits and veggies!


  1. Cassidy says:

    Great overview of your journey. We are starting the CSA box next time! I’ve loved hearing about all you aredoing withthe veggies and can’t wait to get started too! Love the top 10 reasons too! Xo

  2. Carroll B. Merriman says:

    Thanks for the nice blog. It was very useful for me. Keep sharing such ideas in the future as well. This was actually what I was looking for, and I am glad to came here! Thanks for sharing the such information with us

    • Callie says:

      Hi Dale,

      That is so exciting to be starting a CSA. I am sure it will take a few years to get the “news” out there. Beginning a business is hard work, which I know first hand by starting my own website.

      On that note, I spent a lot of time making this chart and writing this information out so please don’t plagiarize anything here.
      You can point people to any articles on my website as a customer and lover of the CSA lifestyle.

      I would be happy to create documents that you could own and use. Let’s talk!

  3. Jill says:

    Nice article and beautiful info-graphic! We are an established CSA and would like permission to put a link to your post on our FB page. Would you mind?

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