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Should I My first question is Should I introduce the Oompa Loompas to the Medifast? Hoping for any response. Another question I got... I decided to bite the bullet and join a CSA this year. I eat so many vegetables these days, I spend a small fortune on them at the grocery. My husband and I are splitting a full share with my best friend and her husband, so it's $245 per couple. Then my insurance company offers a $200 "Healthy Eating Bonus", so all in all it'll cost me and hubby $45 for 20 weeks of fresh, local vegetables.



Any of you in a CSA or thinking of joining one?..

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My first question is Should I introduce the Oompa Loompas to the Medifast? Hoping for any response. Another question I got... I decided to bite the bullet and join a CSA this year. I eat so many vegetables these days, I spend a small fortune on them at the grocery. My husband and I are splitting a full share with my best friend and her husband, so it's $245 per couple. Then my insurance company offers a $200 "Healthy Eating Bonus", so all in all it'll cost me and hubby $45 for 20 weeks of fresh, local vegetables.



Any of you in a CSA or thinking of joining one?..

Comments (15)

Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to your question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I bump into an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could give you help..

Comment #1

YES! I'm so excited too!! They list what they're planting & 95% is Medifast friendly!! (for me)..

Comment #2

We're actually part of an organic delivery service, that delivers local, organic food and groceries only - VERY similar to a CSA - but you don't buy shares and you basically grocery shop so you get only what you want. Out of what they have, obviously...

Comment #3

The last time we did a CSA the veggies were mostly off plan or veggies I didn't eat. It's great if you know that you'll use them, but our CSA didn't provide a complete list of crops and many of them were items that we didn't really know what they were (even with the provided list of items) or how to use them...

Comment #4

I just joined one, for the first time. I'm excited about it. I have a huge freezer and a food dehydrator, so I plan on preserving whatever I can't eat until T&M..

I'm a very adventurous eater, so I'm not worried I'll get anything I'll hate, but I know I'll get a bunch of off-plan stuff. And anything I get way too much of I can share with the dog and the chickens...

Comment #5

I did one last summer, but crops in MN really sucked (too much rain at the wrong times). So certain things grew out of control, (squash anyone?), and other things grew not at all (beets, tomatoes)..

It's part of the risk of the CSA if weather strikes. We're still planning to join again. I'm just waiting on 1 more paycheck to bite..

Hathery, I have to ask about this insurance company deal. Is that like a BCBS type deal, as they do with gym memberships (they pay $20 of mine if I got at least 12 times a month), or do you work for an insurance company and that's a wellness perk?..

Comment #6

OK, obviously, I'm living in a cave....I hate acronymns.. What's a CSA?..

Comment #7

Never mind...I crawled out of the cave and googled it...

Comment #8

CSA, for those who aren't googling, stands for Community Supported Agriculture..

Typically, you pay a lump sum at the beginning of the growing season to a local farm and then, from about May-October, you get a box of fresh produce and maybe meat/eggs/cheese each week. You share in the bounty if things go well, or, not so much if things don't go well. It's a risk you take by joining..

There are some that are all veggies, or all organic, or even just meat. The most popular website to find a local CSA is localharvest, which you will have to google, since Medifast frowns so much on links...

Comment #9

Me me! I am, I love it. we do it all year and get cheese, pastured eggs and chickens, butter, yogurt and cheese and root veg through the winter. of course not all of that is on plan but I am not the only one eating so.... It's very worth it to me to have local organic whole foods for the family. I'm looking forward to the greens, they're delish!..

Comment #10

It's a wellness park of the insurance I get through my work, which is PHysician's Plus. Here's a webpage that kind of explains it:.

Http://www.csacoalition.org/our-work...ysicians-plus/.

It's worth checking out your insurance and seeing if they offer something similar.

I also just bought a copy of this book, From Asparagus to Zucchini, to help me figure out how to cook some of the more obscure veggies.

Http://www.amazon.com/Asparagus-Zucc.../dp/0972121781..

Comment #11

Very cool! thanks for the reply.

Maybe they will add it some year soon..

I love this veggie cookbook by Cook's Illustrated. Love how they explain everything in such detail, telling you exactly what to do, and why, and what doesn't work. It is currently the only cookbook in my kitchen (I have gotten rid of many, and others are down in my library). This is the one that stays on the kitchen counter..

Http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Vegeta...1946712&sr=1-7..

Comment #12

No but I am going to check into it. The post did inspire me to look for a local farmer's market because I am so tired of the crappy veggies at the supermarket...

Comment #13

Thanks for the cookbook tip! I see they have some used copies on Amazon for cheap; I am SO there...

Comment #14

We have several local Farmer's Markets and two or three active CSAs that are a pay by the month rather than the full season. I've been a bit lazy in signing up because most delivery points are not close to my house and with gas being $4/gallon the farmer's markets are a better deal right now..

Being in Transition I am trying any new veggie I can, tho' I am saving corn till I add grain...

Comment #15

We've belonged to one for a few years, Actually have been switching between two. We like them. This is the first year that I'm on Medifast so we'll see what we get, but I recall getting alot of stuff that is OP..

Whatever is not, I'll feed to my son or send to my parents or neighbors. I just like supporting my local farmer, one for fresh produce and second to keep it from being another housing development...

Comment #16


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