A share in our Beef CSA is equivalent to a 1/4 cow. The CSA is a one-time bulk pickup in late fall. CSA members give us a deposit on their share, and this helps us to cover the up-front costs associated with raising the animals.
Price listed is the deposit. 1/4 cow will be about 125 lbs of beef and will be priced at $9.25/lb so very roughly $1,150. It’s certainly a large upfront cost, but it should last you all year, and it’s a great feeling to always have dinner in the freezer. 125lbs will fit in a small chest freezer.
Fall = butternut squash season. Stock up! We did. Our butternut was a victim of the drought – I mowed the plants down long ago so so I stocked up from our friends at Tangerini’s Farm. Paddy Rose and I ate lunch while we were there (they have a school too!), and had a butternut squash flat bread with leeks and apples (and plenty of cheese) that was AMAZING!