Working the Trading Baskets

weekly CSA produce share
All right! Farmer Frank has sent down that summertime treat: watermelon.

One of the things about a CSA is that you pretty much get what’s grown and available each week. While we can’t speak to other CSAs, ours sets up “trading baskets” and a “surplus basket.” The idea is simple: if you get something you don’t like, you can trade it for something in the trade baskets on a share-for-share basis. Initially, the baskets are loaded with a share of each item available that week, but, that changes as people trade in and out. It’s possible that all baskets end up with the same item, but that doesn’t seem to happen often. If you can’t find a trade you like, and you really don’t want a particular type of produce, you can place it in the surplus basket for others to take, no trading needed. Between trading and the surplus basket, we find that we always get things we like and will use, which cuts down a lot on possible waste.

This week’s share:

  • Watermelon (1)
  • White onions (2)
  • Sweet potatoes (2)
  • Grapefruit (3)
  • Peaches (2)
  • Tomatillos (1 basket) traded for sweet potatoes
  • Cilantro (1 bunch) traded for sweet potatoes

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