This week, my CSA box had pretty much the same things in it: a dozen eggs, 4 navel oranges, a bunch of green onions,
1/2 pound of red leaf lettuce, a bunch of collard greens, a bunch of bok choy, and a handful of young celery. It’s still too early for the produce I like the best. I’m tired of bok choy, and most of the greens are ending up in the compost, unfortunately. It’s time to do a cost analysis.
Gas here is up to $2.00/gallon. At 3 gallons per trip, that’s $6.00/week. The cost of the CSA share is $18.00/week, so the total cost per week is $24.00.
At the grocery store, organic lettuce is about $3.30/bag, and I’m getting about 2 bags worth, so that’s $6.60.
A dozen organic eggs are about $2.50.
A bunch of green onions – I’m guessing $1.50. That’s just a wild guess.
Four organic oranges would probably be $0.50 each, so that’s $2.00.
Organic celery – I have no idea; I’ll guess $2.00.
Bok choy – again I have no idea; I’ll guess $2.00 again.
Same for the collards – $2.00. That may be a low estimate; but I’m not eating most of the collards now. I’m also giving away the eggs about every other week because I just can’t use that many eggs.
So, if I was eating everything in the box but buying it at the grocery store, it would cost me $18.60.
So for the cost of food alone, right now I’m only saving $0.60 per week. When I add in the cost of gas, it’s costing me money to do this.
I’ll have to do another cost analysis when the good stuff starts coming in – tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, etc. – all the summer veggies.
If gas keeps going up, and gets back up to $4.00/gallon, I don’t think it will be cost-effective to do this again. The farmer’s market is a lot closer, even if it’s not all organic.