Saturday, February 09, 2013

Marriage 501, Lecture 235: Doing the right thing

Me: Maybe we should do a CSA share this year. [Where you pay money up front to have produce once a week from a local farm.]

SH: Maybe.

Me: Wait. Wow. That's expensive. It's $420 for a half share.

SH: What's that?

Me: Thirteen boxes, one every other week for the season.

SH: We could feel superior.

Me: Yes, but I am looking at a sample box. Last summer, in one box, they had

  • 1 lb. asparagus
  • 1.5 lb. rhubarb
  • 1.25 lb. spinach
  • red leaf lettuce
  • arugula
  • radishes
  • button mushrooms
  • green garlic
I can get all that stuff at the store for a lot less than $30.

SH: This doesn't sound like the sort of decision you make using objective decision criteria.

Me: What? I always use objective decision criteria!

SH: That's what I mean. It doesn't make financial sense to do this. So the reason to do it is to feel good about ourselves.


Joy said...

That's an expensive CSA! We got a box every week for 22 weeks for $330, or $15/week. And they've got a sliding scale income-based fee structure where we were at the most expensive share. It turned out to be a terrific deal, comparable to area grocery stores (though organic, better-quality produce) and much cheaper than the farmer's market.

Class factotum said...

Joy, I thought it was expensive, too. I'll keep looking.