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Along with the supermarkets and farmer’s markets, the Boston area also has a thriving CSA called Stillman’s. (www.homepagez.com/stillmans/index.html) Basically, the idea behind a CSA is that you pay a membership fee every year ($450 for a full share, $300 for a half share) and you get a weekly box full of fresh produce. The majority of what they grow is organic, although for some crops they use Integrated Pest Management (meaning minimal pesticides in combination with beneficial insects and plants), and the quality is uniformly outstanding. $450 may seem pricey, but figure that for this price, you’re getting 18 brim-full boxes of fresh produce that’s worlds better than what you’re going to get at any supermarket and it’s a bargain. A typical box from the peak of the season will include a full pint (at least!) of blueberries, a half-pint of raspberries, about a dozen summer squashes of various types, two or three loose-leaf lettuces, a few pounds of tomatoes, string beans, sugar snaps, cucumbers, carrots, beets (with greens!), cabbage, eggplant, arugula, basil, sweet peppers, broccoli and kohlrabi. And then, when they hand you a box of veg that you can barely carry, they point you to a nearby table and tell you to pick out a dozen ears of corn!
All that for $25 a week? Bargain of the century!