Quitting the CSA

I sold my CSA share.  Yeah, I quit.

I’ve learned something about myself this year: it is not a good idea to try to force myself into trying something new.  Remember how I started and then quit cooking through a cookbook?  And now I’m quitting the CSA.

To be clear, my quitting was definitely not a reflection on the AVOG CSA at all.  I felt like it was a great value and the produce was good.

But trying to figure out what to do with a large box of totally-new-to-me produce every week became stressful very quickly and I began to dread picking up the box on Tuesdays.  I’ve mentioned somewhere that I’ve been struggling with low iron and thyroid problems, and I think the fatigue and just general not-feeling-great from that was a big factor, too.  (Yes, I know all those greens in the box would have been great for my iron but…)

So, I sold my share (at a discount) on Craigslist and a weight was lifted.

CSA week three

One of my strengths is that I know when something is not accomplishing my intended purpose for it, and I won’t hesitate to quit (if it’s not something that other people are depending on me to do).

Of course, for every strength is a corresponding weakness, and so I also tend to not work through something if I don’t think it’s going to do what I thought it was.  (I’m not a goal-oriented person who feels a major sense of accomplishment for completing a goal.  There was definitely going to be no jubilant I pushed through this and used every bit of my CSA produce for six months even though I struggled with it every step of the way! when it finished in October.  I might have collapsed in bed for a few days, though.)

Anyway, so the point of this post is really just to let you know that I’m not doing the CSA anymore because I had blogged about it a few times and I hate it when I leave a loose end like that and some readers think I’m still doing it even though I’m not. :)

And maybe an alternate point is that for a few people that think I “do it all”, the truth is that I might start doing everything but I don’t always finish. ;)



  1. jessica says:

    I’ve toyed around with the idea of joining a CSA. But, I just knew I wouldn’t like all those greens that I didn’t know what to do with. And, I’d feel so guilty having them rot in my fridge.
    This year I’m trying the Door to Door Organics local box. All the produce is from Colorado farmers! It is really nice because you can look at what you’re getting ahead of time and sub it out for something else. Or skip weeks, which I do frequently.
    I think it is great alternative to a CSA.

    • Your first paragraph pretty much sums it up for me.

      I think I did Door-to-Door Organics once when they first started and had a Groupon deal. It sounds like they’ve change because I don’t think it used to all be local. Being able to switch stuff out or skip weeks would be awesome!

  2. Thanks for “keeping it real”, Carrie. As women, we tend to compare ourselves to other women and allow those comparisons (for better or worse) to determine our self-worth. I appreciate knowing that women that I admire are human too :)

  3. The Millers Farms CSA interests me — but I missed out joining this year. I think picking out the items myself at the various Farmer’s Markets is a great idea, and one that would lend to using up every piece of produce.

    • Karen604 says:

      Have you contacted them? In the past they have prorated for partial seasons

    • I need to check out some of the local farmers markets this year now that I have the freedom to get produce from somewhere other than my box. :)

  4. Carrie, thank you for being honest! I was just thinking the other day that it was so sad that I felt stressed using the 50/50 fruits and veggies in our Bountiful Basket when everyone else seems more excited than stressed. I only do it once a month, but dread figuring our how to eat up the food before it spoils. I like that it pushes me to push the family to gently try new foods and combinations, but it seems to increase my “cooking” stress. Thanks for the update…I needed that.

    • Thank YOU for sharing that – I’m glad I am not the only one!

    • Teresa C says:

      I contribute to Bountiful Baskets almost every week in Pueblo and I can tell you there has been more than one time where something has gone bad before I could use it. I’m trying to eat clean, but sometimes two bunches of celery a week is just not going to happen. This week my blueberries got moldy before I remembered I had them. Ugh. Yeah, freezing produce or doing this or doing that with it sounds great in theory – but if I know I’m not going to make an effort to actually do something with the produce, I’m better off donating it to someone who I know will use it and I still feel I’m getting my monies worth with the basket. I seriously think it’s a huge savings for myself. But, you are NOT alone.

      Carrie, I was actually wondering two days ago about the lack of CSA posts. :) Happy to hear the stress of at least the CSA is off your shoulders.

  5. Admire your honesty, Carrie. And that’s fantastic that you have the strength to quit something if it’s not working out for you.

  6. Thanks for keeping it real. We all need to know and recognize our limitations, good reminder here!

  7. Christine says:

    Most certainly you are not alone! I had the same experience several summers ago ….and I even split the CSA with a friend! Being a make-every-dollar-count kind of person, feeling the pressure to use up/freeze all the produce was so stressful. Echoing others: Thanks for keeping it real with your comments!

  8. Thyroid issues are a true trial and so much more common than we realize (especially those who have had multiple pregnancies). For those struggling I was thankful to find a local doctor (Dr. Juetersonke) to be the answer I desperately needed. He addresses many other health concerns as wello-listed on his website-and many people sing his praises. And he and his staff are genuine-rare to fnd sometimes.
    Strange place to comment on this I know :) but your post made me think of it.

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