5 Ways You Save Money on Organic Produce by Subscribing to a CSA

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How to Save Money on Organic Produce by Subscribing to a CSA Box

With mounting evidence that pesticides are more harmful to our health than previously believed, it’s more desirable than ever to buy only untreated produce. But is the cost of produce that hasn’t been sprayed with glyphosate prohibitive? Actually, no. Buying produce directly from the grower can actually help you save money while keeping you and your family healthy.

1. Less Waste

When you plan your menu around the produce in your CSA box, you’re more likely to use everything. Also, the little extra emotional investment you feel when you consciously support the farm that grows your produce translates into what is known as “buy in”. You place a higher value on it because of the extra effort you put into procuring it, and let less of it go to waste. You also have longer to include it in a meal because it lasts longer than store-bought produce.

2. Fresher Produce Lasts Longer

When you buy produce from a CSA, it isn’t trucked in from another country, it’s from farms near you, so when you get it, it’s fresh. Produce in a supermarket is flown in from all over the world and spends time sitting in trucks. By the time you get it, its shelf life is very limited. CSA produce will stay good longer, giving you more opportunities to use it.

3. Less Trips to the Grocery Store

The more times you visit the grocery store, the more money you end up spending.  According to www.getrichslowly.com:

  • “Shoppers making a ‘quick trip’ to the store to pick up a few specific items usually purchase 54 percent more than they planned.”
  • “Forty-seven percent of shoppers go to the store three or four times each week.”
  • “Consumers graze at the grocery store, with impulse buys making up between 50.8 and 67.7 percent of total purchase.”

 When people shop more often, they buy more stuff. By picking up a CSA box, or better yet, having one delivered to your home by a service such as Farm Fresh to You, you will cut down dramatically on your trips to the supermarket, thereby, saving a considerable amount of money.

 4. Customizable Options Allow for Flexibility     

It used to be the case that if you subscribed to a CSA you were committed to receiving (and paying for) whatever happened to grow at your farm that season. However, the latest breed of CSA boxes allow you to customize what you receive based on your needs, how often you receive it, and some, such as Farm Fresh to You, even deliver. And all this without the commitment of a traditional CSA.

5. Easy to Budget and No More Overspending

When you buy produce through a CSA, you know exactly what you will be spending, allowing you to budget accordingly. Not buying your produce at the grocery store also cuts down on overspending on out of season fruits and vegetables.

What Does This Look Like in Real Life?

I received a “More” sized “Traditional CSA”  produce box from Farm Fresh to You on October 9. It is now October 21 (almost two weeks later) and I have used the produce I received daily and I still have some left. Here is what I got in my box:

I posted many of my meals using my produce box on Instagram because I was chronicling my Whole 30 journey. Here are just a few of the dishes I made:

Collard Green Tacos with Roasted Potatoes

Sausage Stir Fry with Greens

Autumn Fruit Salad with Pomegranate and Pears

Smoked Oysters and Bell Peppers

Eggs and Greens (I made these almost every day)

Chicken Sausage and Collard Greens

Ground Turkey Wrap

Some dishes I made that aren’t pictured are Macaroni and Cheese with broccoli, Chicken Stir Fry with rainbow carrots, bok choy and broccoli and Italian Stuffed Peppers.

That is just a fraction of the fresh, healthy meals I’ve made with my box. I think my favorite meal of all though, was when I made Pulled Pork Tacos in Collard Green “Taco Shells” with Purple Slaw.  Pulled Pork Tacos with Purple Slaw  

Pulled Pork Tacos with Collard Shells and Purple Cabbage Slaw

For the Pulled Pork:

1 pork shoulder roast

2 cups bone broth

1 can diced tomatoes (I use Muir Glen fire roasted)

2 tablespoons tomato paste

For the Purple Slaw:

1/4 head cabbage, shredded

1/2 onion, diced

1 medium tomato, diced

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Salt and pepper to taste


Collard Greens



Place pork shoulder in slow cooker with bone broth and cook on low 6-8 hours or until pork can be shredded with a fork.

Drain roast (if necessary, it may have absorbed the liquid) retaining approximately 1/2 cup of broth. Shred roast, removing any unwanted fat.

Return to slow cooker, adding diced tomatoes and tomato paste and cook on high for an additional hour or until flavors are assimilated.

For the slaw, combine cabbage, onion and tomato in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss with lemon juice. Refrigerate for an hour (or overnight) to allow flavors to assimilate.

Serve pork and slaw together on large collard green leaves, sprinkle liberally with cilantro if desired.


How to Save Money on Organic Produce

 *Disclaimer, this is a sponsored post. I was provided with a complimentary box for review as well as being compensated. All opinions are my own and I only work with companies whose values align with my blog’s intent and who I believe will interest my readership.


About Kelley

Hi! I'm Kelley. Real foodie and crunchy mom to a teenager and a toddler. My husband and I live in Southern California.