About John's question on turnover, my sense is that college towns are a
special challenge. Many of our members from our first year are going to
be gone 1/4 to 1/2 the season, making it hard for them to even share a
share. My thought is that we might try a hybrid subscription service as
an experiment next year, after a first deadline for a full year, saying
we have 10 slots each week, sign up ahead for when you will be around.
These folks tend to be our highest income members, so we could charge a
little extra for the work, and to encourage full season membership when
possible. One other thing we are doing this year is offering a lot more
ease of cooking information, and especially experiences. People have said
eating healthy fresh food is a major time commitment, leading to a lot of
"guilty dropouts", so educate and support people through those changes.
Just knowing that is a normal part of changing to a sustainable lifestyle
P.S. if anyone is in Iowa, or passing through, we are having a state CSA
campout on a growers farm west of Cedar Rapids July 13-14. Farm Fresh CSA
is 4 farm women cooperating in their second season in Benton Co Iowa;
there are at least 4 new CSA's this year in Iowa.