We at Let’s Grow, Girl! are always up for a challenge. Feeding our families quality, local foods on a consistent basis is a big one. Fortunately, there are now many options to get the best and freshest foods while supporting local farmers. But unfortunately, we found the choices are overwhelming and confusing! So we’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation. Read on for our summary of the farm share or CSA (community supported agriculture) options available.
Pro: Flexibility and variety of categories available
Con: Must remember to place order by 9pm on Sunday for delivery on Wednesday
Touted to be Houston’s local, sustainable marketplace and oldest existing organic co-op. It’s a hybrid between a flexible CSA and a farmers’ market in that you order as often as you like and select the share size you need. In addition to fruit and vegetables, Central City Co-Op offers eggs, baked goods, meat, butter, and more. Every Wednesday pre-ordered shares are available for pick up at several locations in and around Houston; or it can be delivered. Example: small mixed vegetable share is $25 plus $5 for delivery within 5 miles of the co-op.
Pro: Supports local farmers and is delivered to your door
Con: Box does not appear to be customizable
Produce, local meat, groceries and more, sourced from farmers who use beyond organic and sustainable practices. Example: small subscription, weekly, $22.99 plus $6.99 delivery.
Pro: You are saving fruits and veggies from going to waste just because they aren’t perfect
Con: Sourcing is unlikely to be local
Fact: 20 billion pounds of fruits and veggies go to waste on farms every year, oftentimes because they don’t live up to the cosmetic standards of grocery stores. Imperfect Produce aims to change that. Fully customizable, delivered to your door, choose from organic, mixed fruit & veggie, all fruit or all veggie. Price depends on box size and frequency. Example: organic, small, 7-9 lbs, weekly is $15-$17 plus $4.99 delivery.
Pro: You are supporting a Texas farm
Con: You have to pick up your produce
Farm is located on 186 acres in Garfield, Texas, using only certified organic methods. Shares are customizable. Discounts are applied if you sign up for multiple deliveries. Delivery locations are dotted around Houston with most being on Wednesdays and one in the Memorial Villages on Saturdays. Example: individual share for 1-2 people is $22/week.
Pro: Support refugees seeking to become self-sufficient farmers
Con: No home delivery
Plant It Forward offers economically disadvantaged refugees an opportunity to become self-sufficient through growing, harvesting and selling produce from a sustainable urban farm within the city of Houston. Each farm will have the potential to generate a fair wage for a family of four while providing premium brand, sustainably-grown produce to Houstonians. Plant It Forward secures the land; selects, trains, and mentors farmers; and establishes each their own urban farm to sell under the Plant It Forward brand. Pickup spots are throughout Houston. You have the option to sign up for 4, 12, 24, or 52 weekly deliveries. Example: $21/week for the petit portion.
Recipe For Success, Hope Farms HTX
Pro: Support a local farm located in Sunnyside, Houston (12 minutes from downtown Houston) and support a local cause
Con: Share size not customizable (share with neighbors and coworkers!)
Farm shares support Recipe for Success Foundation’s work to make healthy, affordable food available to Houstonians marooned in food deserts.
Their work celebrates the empowerment of sharing meals to build community. Recipe for Success does this via education that inspires healthy eating from a young age. This includes teaching us how to grow fresh food, how to cook, how to garden and how to harvest. Recipe for Success also trains Veterans to become the next generation of urban farmers. Several membership subscription options are available. Example: spring share is April to June, 13 weeks, at $585 or $45/week with free delivery inside Loop 610 or $485 or $37/week with two pickup locations.
Pro: Farm location ensures freshness with a nice variety of share sizes available
Con: Home delivery available only in The Woodlands
The farm is located in Sam Houston National Forest north of Houston. Five choices are available: weekly full share, weekly partial share, bi-weekly full share, bi-weekly partial share, and little bitty share. Larger-sized shares include 5-8 different types of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Pickup locations are dotted in and around Houston. Example: spring CSA runs for 10 weeks, March 30 through June 1, $240 or $24/week for the partial share.