How to choose a CSA that's right for you

By Nikki Golden
I am by no means an expert, but here are some things that I think are important to find out before you give a CSA a whirl.

What does this CSA grow?
Many CSAs will have some sort of calendar on its Web site so you can get an idea of what types of items will be in your box, to determine if you will eat them. For instance, I knew ahead of time that I would be receiving lettuce in every box.

Can you visit the CSA?
I did not, but I liked the fact that I could schedule a visit to see where my vegetables were grown if I chose.

Drop-off points and pickup times
Clearly, you need to know that the CSA you choose will be conveniently located to you and that you’ll be able to make it in time to pick up your box.

There is risk involved.
Like all farms, your CSA’s crops depend on the weather. If the weather is unusually hot or dry, your share might be smaller than normal.

For more information and to find a CSA near you, visit
Missed my first two posts on CSAs? Learn why you might want to try one here and a recipe for White Bean Soup with Turkey Meatballs here.

Nikki Golden is a full-time association marketing manager and a part-time crafty wannabe. You can find her on Twitter @lucy1375 and on Pinterest @nikki_golden.


  1. Not only is there a noticeable quality difference in CSA produce, it's also a great way to support your local economy!

  2. Thanks for reminding me to renew our CSA membership, especially now that we're living in farm country! Seriously, there's so many CSA options close to the MKEE metro area.

  3. CSAs are a great way to get healthy and support the local economy!