Savings challenge: Join a meat CSA?


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Editor’s note: Each week, 1 of Bankrate’s personal finance reporters is reporting on a new way to save and chronicling the savings journey. This week, I investigated whether I should join a meat CSA or continue to buy meat from regular grocery stores. See what happened.

First, I have to confess that I’d never heard of any kind of CSA, let alone a meat CSA. The acronym stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a food-production system that connects farmers and consumers. People buy shares of 1 or more local farms’ harvests, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production.

Who is this for?

Are you someone who values knowing the original source of your meat? Are you someone who likes to cook and try new foods? Do you like supporting local agriculture and small farms? Then a CSA could work for you.

The most popular kind of CSA distributes fresh fruits and veggies, but I was looking for an omnivore CSA.