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CSA = Common Sense Agriculture

By Melinda Mawdsley

I'm 31. In other words, I would rather pay to have someone grow my food than do it myself.

A couple years ago, I was doing an article and found the Cameron Place CSA in Palisade. Intrigued by the concept of paying farmers to grow my orgnanic produce each summer, I joined.

Financially, it made sense to pay hundreds to a local CSA for organic produce, herbs and flowers because I would have paid more at a grocery store for the same things that aren't half as tasty.

This year is my third year in the CSA, and it has proved its worth financially. This year, I split a $550 standard share with a co-worker.

Thursday was our first pick up of 2010, but I've already gone out to the Palisade farm and picked two quarts of strawberries and some fresh mint and oregano. The picks ups likely will last until October.

Stay tuned to what wonderful things I get and eat immediately (peaches). And the things I get and promptly pawn off because I don't know what to do with them (okra).

P.S. As a note to everyone wondering how I am qualified to be on this blog, I do grow basil and flowers, although I'm pretty sure the neighborhood cats are killing my flowers.

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