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Help a Mom: Reviews of local CSAs

Posted February 21, 2012

I received a question on our Facebook page about Farm to Fork, a Community Supported Agriculture program that delivers fresh and local meat, seafood, produce, cheese, coffee and other items.

Here's what the reader wrote:

"Could you please ask if anyone uses Farm to Fork for their meat products and how they like them? Thanks! Looking into joining, but I haven't heard any reviews since none of my family feels the need for more natural/organic products."

In addition to Farm to Fork, there are many other CSAs in the region, delivering local produce and products to homes and central locations for their members. So I told her I'd ask readers her question, but expand it and ask about reviews of other CSAs as well.

Are you a member of a local CSA? Please share your experience in the comments box below. (If you don't see the comments box below, you'll need to log in or sign up for a WRAL account. You can do that by going to the top of the page and clicking on either "log in" or "register").

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  • FFS Feb 22, 2012

    Last summer Double T Farm would sell their overage at the Saturday Market in Boylan Heights near downtown Raleigh. It's great because you can get some of the benefits of an organic CSA, but pick & choose what you want at very fair prices. We bought mostly tomatoes and eggplants (which were amazing). Plus, you can get a bloody mary while you shop.

  • brassy Feb 22, 2012

    We used The Produce Box for a few months last year. I chose to cancel because I felt their selections were too exotic. I wasn't interested in bok choy, swiss chard, kohlrabi, etc.

  • sunnyside Feb 22, 2012

    I have done two different CSAs. Hilltop Farm near Fuquay offers organic produce from a single farmer for pick up weekly. It was a good experience but I found it to be expensive and had a limited variety of produce. It is a classic type CSA where you pay up front and reap the benefits if the farmer has a great year, and limited goods if he doesn't do so well - you share the risk. Last year I switched to The Produce Box and found this to be a better match for me. You only pay for the boxes you get, you can choose from several options each week including an organic option, can skip weeks for no fee, manage your account and orders online, the box is delivered to your front door, and they get produce from all over the state so there's a great variety.

  • socialcow Feb 22, 2012

    Home Grown Cow is a great on-line option for buying farm direct meats of all different kinds and styles. There is nothing to join so no opt out fees or obligations, and you can find farms in our area that sell cuts as well as bulk. Some farmers offer shipping, delivery, or pick-up. It's meat only but makes a great addition to a produce CSA.

  • amlNC Feb 22, 2012

    We have been using Papa Spud's for a couple years and love it. The products they deliver are always great quality, taste delicious & it's very convenient. I love that they deliver. We did Brinkley Farms for a year and are thinking about going back during the summer.

  • mattiebookittie Feb 21, 2012

    I live and Apex. I have been a member of The Produce Box for two years and am very pleased. I like that I can opt out on weeks that we'll be dining out/traveling. And it's dropped off right at our door