Saturday, July 17, 2010

Organic Co-op in Houston!

I was reminded recently to look for the presence of Community Supported Agriculture in Houston. I've looked in the past but have never found anything that exists similar to those programs elsewhere, where local produce is delivered to the door on a weekly basis.

Well, I wasn't able to find that exactly, but I found the Rawfully Organic Co-op which creates boxes or "shares" of local, organic produce that can be reserved online and picked up on Thursdays or Saturdays. The saturday location is minutes from our house.


One can reserve a full share for $87 or a half share for $47 and have the option to purchase "extras" at pickup. We bought a half share, which was plenty large.


We received:

1 cantoloupe
1 pineapple
2 nectarines
5 apples
7 bananas
1 pear
2 oranges
1 plum
container of blueberries
container of figs
1 avocado
2 tomatoes
romaine lettuce
2 cucumbers
2 bunches of kale
3 stems of broccoli
6 yellow squeash
bag of red potatoes
bag of basil
bag of banana peppers


Everything comes in the box except a few items or "choices" in a seperate area. Today we were allowed to pick three items. The broccoli and potatoes where from this section (broccoli counted as two choices). We also "swapped" some celery for a second bunch of kale. The front table of extras is also used for swapping if approved.

I did some quick calculations and I think this is a pretty good deal. Not to mention the benefits of eating locally and supporting local farmers.

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