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Get Real: Our CSA Journey {Green B.E.A.N. Ohio Discount Code}

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We are 4 months into our real foods journey and our family is really embracing the changes. Some have been more of a struggle than others but most  have been very positive. I was excited as we approached this month and our focus on fruits and vegetables. Excited because I love fresh produce but really do struggle with this aspect of our real foods journey as much as I do with giving up caffeine. I struggle with making the right purchases, how to move growing our own produce and solutions for those items we can’t grow.

I KNOW the dirty dozen and the items I really need to focus on buying organic; but I when push comes to shove at the grocery store, if faces with .99 cent a pound apples and $1.99 a pound organic apples I have trouble choosing the organic. My wallet starts screaming at me to PUT THEM BACK AND GO CHEAPER! Yes, I know the benefits and the cons but it is still a hard decision when faced with the choice. So what is a mama to do?

Since starting our journey I have bought less of my produce at the conventional grocery store and instead purchased most of it at the local farmer’s market. The reason being that when I am at the market I am given organic and local options. Either one of those is a better choice than conventional for our real foods journey. I am not presented with the alternative so I don’t hear my wallet screaming at me. This has helped a ton.

As for gardening, we just don’t seem to have a good spot for it. Several years ago I did square foot gardening but our back yard has a lot of afternoon shade and isn’t close to a water spout (don’t ask). A couple years in a row we used the front flower bed as a vegetable garden but it doesn’t end up being the prettiest look on the block (not that that is a huge concern). We also were attempting to sell our house last year so we landscaped that area. During this time we invested in a CSA program.

I loved the CSA program because I was introduced to new fruits and vegetables, was taken out of my comfort zone in cooking and received great fresh produce. After two years with that particular program/farm, I found the system a bit cumbersome and I was experiencing a lot of waste with produce we didn’t care for but I wasn’t able to decline.

This year we found a PERFECT solution! Green B.E.A.N. Ohio. If you live anywhere in or around the Columbus, Dayton, Cincinatti Ohio area you must check them out! What I love about this CSA is that I can choose every week or every other week. I can go in each time I have an order and adjust my order to the produce I want and don’t want. I can upgrade my box or downgrade my box. I can order groceries and meats as well from the various partner vendors. And even greater, I can start or stop it at any time and even choose to pause it while I am on vacation! Amazing! And they don’t require a deposit. I am utterly and totally in love.

Lately, I have also gotten quite a few questions on the cost comparison. I am always quick to indicate that I didn’t sign up for this CSA because I wanted to save money, but rather, I wanted to focus more on organic produce and keep myself away from store choices I feel aren’t as good for me. So the price hasn’t really been a factor for me. But it did get me curious so I decided to do a cost analysis of my most recent produce bin.

The cost of my bin was $35 and I received the following:

  • 12 ounces asparagus
  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 4 lbs of Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 10 ounces snow peas
  • 1 pound green beans
  • 2 each Pink Lady apples
  • 2 each Bosc Pears
  • 1 each Murcott Mandarin
  • 2 each avocados
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 each romaine lettuce
I went to my local grocers that carries a variety of organic products and the total for these items there would have come to $24.20. So it looks like for this week at least I would have saved $10 by going to the grocer myself. The other side of that is that this is delivered directly to my home (no dragging my kids out of the house) and I wasn’t faced with tempting choices and I didn’t spontaneously pick up other items I really don’t need. You have to assess whether it is worth it to you though.
If you do find it worth it and are interested in Green B.E.A.N. Ohio they have given me a $15 off your first produce bin code for you. Additionally, if you use my name as a referral (Tricia Callahan) you will send me some love too. Totally up to you. The discount code is OAMM2012. Code good through 4/22/12.
Over all, the strategy of buying organic produce through a CSA and the local farmer’s market has been my best strategy for staying on track. I do still frequent the grocery store but less and less for seasonal produce. It is what works for me. What strategies are working for you or do you want to try?

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Disclosure: I did not receive compensation from Green B.E.A.N. Ohio, I do however earn a discount on my order if you put my name in. All the opinions in this post are mine. 

8 Responses to “Get Real: Our CSA Journey {Green B.E.A.N. Ohio Discount Code}”

  1. Nina Terheyden says:

    I have to agree about having the CSA delivery………I live in a different area than you, but the fact that I am helping my local farmers and getting fresh and organic produce makes it worth the extra money…..at least for me. I am usually very frugal, but what good am I doing by purchasing less expensive produce and have it go bad after a couple of days?! With the items I receive from my CSA, they have lasted at least 2 weeks…..I love it!

  2. Melissa says:

    We LOVE Grean B.E.A.N!! I have been beyond impressed with the quality of their produce and customer service. It’s a great fit for us!

  3. Rachel says:

    We also love Green BEAN! It is great to have the produce weekly (we only shop twice a month for other groceries) and the quality is much better than our local grocery stores.

    Plus, we are able to customize it to our needs, which is a huge benefit for us over traditional CSAs.

    Highly recommend.

  4. Jodi says:

    I just wanted to let you know that Green BEAN is also available in Indiana (I live in Indianpolis)! I started about 2 months ago and love it!!!

  5. I am so jealous… we are rural and don’t have such options. I miss grocery delivery and local CSA’s from where we used to live!

    • Kelly says:

      Christine, have you looked at localharvest.org? Is there anything in your area? Have you thought about your own garden?

  6. Heather says:

    Green BEAN sounds awesome and I wish it was closer to where I live! I didn’t join a fruit/vegetable CSA this year (I’m going to explore some area farmers’ markets each week) but I did join a poultry CSA where we’ll be getting eggs and chicken each week, plus a turkey at Thanksgiving! I’m so excited to try this!

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