Ridge2Reef CSA: worth it?
I was wondering if anyone has participated in the Ridge2Reef CSA (fruit, veggie, egg, or coffee share)? It looks fantastic but I'm unsure of whether it's worth it and the reliability of what is advertised (understanding, of course, that when you sign up you agree to the risk associated with farming).
Ridge2reef is definitely worth it! Great fresh fruit and veggies.. I've done it twice now and the second time I shared with another person.. Plenty of stuff to share and they r very nice people. Definitely worth it in terms of quality and quantity
Hi. I was one of the original members and did it for several seasons before I left island for awhile. I always got more produce than I knew what to do with and found the staff unfailingly supportive and enthusiastic. I also had the privilege of spending a good chuck of time out on the farm meeting the people that live and work there, as well as many of the visitors and visiting groups that they host from around the world. I found them all to be kind, conscientious, hard-working people, and it was a pleasure to get to know them. Unless things have changed dramatically in the last year or so -- a high recommend and a gem of STX.
ETA: (Because I thought it was obvious, but didn't actually state it outright ....) R2R definitely has the best produce on the island. You'll get some weird stuff you've never heard of before, but they go out of their way to introduce you to new, usually indigenous or local, items as well as teach you how to cook/prepare them. And if you get a banana share, be prepared to actually have someone (or someoneS) to share it with. I literally got 20 pound stalks on a weekly basis.
A friend told me the other day he his wife said she thought that Cost-U-Less had the best produce on the island. Not even close, and they live in F'sted so should know better. The best produce on island, hands down, is from R2R.
People always say I never say anything nice on here, but R2R is one of the few things on STX about which I cannot say enough good things. (Except maybe bring a 4x4 if you visit. The rental place was NOT happy about the amount of mud on/in my -- tiny, white -- rental car last I was there.)
Bump! Just wondering if anyone else has thoughts re: R2R CSA.
I went to their website and it looks like they have weekly produce pick up spots on St. Thomas (Barefoot Buddha) and St. John (Gifft Hill School) as well.
I couldn't find any pricing. Anyone know how much it is for membership?
I believe it's $45 for STX and a little more for the other islands. It's worth it for sure and you get a ton of stuff. This past season was a little off, because of the drought. It's a CSA and that's how it goes though.
If on STX, Sijah also offers a good one, but no drop off points.
Here are the prices: http://ridgetoreef.csasignup.com/members/types
For weekly deliveries for 10 weeks:
Certified Organic Produce Share ($350.00)
Certified Organic Fruit Share ($250.00)
Weekly local eggs 6-pack ($30.00)
Coffee Share (1lb bi-weekly) ($80.00)