Using community supported agriculture and food co-ops to trim your produce budget
Food & Groceries: CSAs and Food Co-Ops
One family compares the cost, variety and quality of produce from a CSA, the grocery store produce section and a food co-op. See which they found to be the cheapest and the tastiest!Understanding Community Supported Agriculture
If you are looking at joining a CSA, or wonder what one is, here are the ins and outs of how a CSA works and how joining one could save you money while eating healthier.Community Supported Farms Gaining Ground
During tough times, wouldn't it be great to own a family farm? If you join a CSA, in a way, you can. If you have written off affordable farm-fresh fruits and veggies for your family, see how you can now get them sometimes cheaper than the grocery store.
How a CSA Saves You Money
If you want to save money and go green at the same time, you might want to consider community supported agriculture. Here are great 10 reasons to join a CSA today!Shopping at the Farmer's Market
Local farm markets are popping up in many urban and suburban towns. You can find farm fresh goodies of all types at these open-air markets full of lively vendors. Best of all, the prices of fresh fruit and vegetables are generally much lower than the major supermarket chain prices.
Can a Single Person Save Using a Co-Op?
If you are single and looking to eat healthier, but cut your grocery bill, read what other singles do to keep the food budget as low as possible both with CSAs and at the grocery store.Food Co-Op Guidelines
If there are not any food co-ops in your area, you might want to look into starting your own. These guidelines from an actual co-op can help you see how much work is involved in running a co-op as well as how you can help spread the work load among the members.
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Both CSAs and Buying Clubs help members pool their money so they can buy food in bulk at lower wholesale prices. Here are several things you should consider before joining or starting your own food co-op or buying club.