- Community Development
Everyone always says eating organic isn’t cheap. From the farmer’s market stands to Whole Foods, our perception of organic food prices has remained stigmatized. But what if we told you there was another way? That eating healthy didn’t have to drain your pockets? That you could improve your health while effectively investing your local farms and economy? Well, guess what—Bluegrass Harvest has a solution
Founded in Fall 2015, Bluegrass Harvest has quickly developed into Kentucky’s most innovative community supported agriculture (CSA) program, helping connect farmers to folks throughout the growing season. Bluegrass Harvest helps bridge the gap between local residents and organic food by helping provide weekly boxes of vegetables at a reasonable price straight from our local Kentucky farms.
You’re probably scratching your head right about now and thinking, “Local produce? Straight from the farm? For a reasonable price?” We know, it seems impossible, but here at Bluegrass Harvest we’ve worked hard to develop a system that provides increased revenue to our farmers by cutting out the middle man, while delivering wholesome produce to consumers at wholesale value. Trust us, the numbers can prove it.
In a recent study conducted by Bluegrass Harvest, we discovered that a weekly box of produce through our CSA program is significantly cheaper than the prices you’ll pay at your local, low-cost grocery store (for geographic relevance we compared our CSA program to our local Kroger). We compared to CSA produce boxes (May & August) and calculated the cost of each item in the box.
For a May CSA box (1 bunch asparagus, 1 bunch swiss chard, 2 heads lettuce, 1 pint strawberries, 1 bunch garlic scapes, & 1 quart of snap peas), consumers can expect to pay $20.41 for the weekly share. Kroger prices came in at $16.24 for regular produce and $27.20 for organic produce. That’s a 30% difference in cost for your organic veggies.
Looking at our August CSA box (6 ears sweet corn, 1 bunch leeks or green onions, 2 heads cabbage, 2 summer squash or zucchini, 1 head garlic, 4 heirloom or red slicing tomatoes, 1 quart cherry tomatoes, 2 beets, 1 quart potatoes, 3 bell peppers, 1 bag kale, and 1 bunch herbs) consumers can expect to continue paying the set cost of $20.41 a box. Kroger prices weren’t as forgiving with regular produce clocking in at $27.38 and organic produce topping it off at $47.25. Can you believe it? That’s an incredible 30-130% difference in what you spend on a veggies… A WEEK.
Believe it or not, Bluegrass Harvest is changing the game. We are bringing healthy, organic produce from our local farms straight to your doorstep. And can you think of anything better than saving money while you eat?