Well, I'm at it again. With winter here in full force I'm stuck with hibernating and planning for 2011. Last year we decided to do a CSA for vegetables, fruit, and meat combined and took on 15 members. This year we plan to tackle 40 members with the Standard CSA. However, this upcoming year we want to offer a spin off of the poultry share and do a meat only share that would include pork, chicken, beef, turkey and eggs. We plan to do 36 members as it seems that it will work out best with that number. See the trick is, is matching up select cuts with each member on a monthly basis. Easier said then done... but I believe Mel and I have figured it out. After months and months of reviewing other Meat CSAs around the country we see many of them are just not enough meat. Same went with the fruit and vegetable shares that we looked at over a year ago. Seems many people just don't do enough. For pictures of our vegetable CSA click on the facebook link..... http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=8209&id=123540254350138 The meat CSA will be quite similar but what we will be doing is processing a cow, two pigs, and chickens each month and distributing the meat over 36 people. A sample month is below: 2 packages of bacon 1 packages of t-bones (2 / pack) 1 rump roast (beef) 3 pounds ground sausage 2 hamburger patties (4 per pack) 5 pounds of ground beef 1 pack of Italian sausages (5 / pack) 1 pound of breakfast links 1 pork roast 2 cut up chickens (4 pounds each) 1 whole chicken (4 pounds) 3 dozen eggs. Trying to figure out if this is too much meat for one month or not enough. What do you go through typically in a month and would this work for you? If not, why not? If price wasn't an option could you fit this into your meal planning? Secondly would be price. Obviously it's not easy to put a price on something like this but one thing to remember the labor of putting each share together is way more than just selling from the farm or taking to a farmers market. So the price would be a little bit higher than retail just for the convenience of it. Remember that people like to pay you to do the work for them. The amount of meat would be around 30-32 pounds so that's one thing to go off of. What would be a fair price for a box of organically raised meats similar to the one I sampled above? There are many CSA's around the country that are doing this but none really offer the variety of what we listed. I believe many of them have too many members and are stuck trying to spread steaks, chops, bacon and more expensive cuts for everyone. Ground meat really isn't an issue because you get about 240 pounds of ground beef from a cow but only 24 t-bones. So it makes it extremely difficult to make this work and to keep people happy all while paying yourself a good wage. As for the beef, I'm working with another grass based farmer to raise them. I already purchased 5 cows for the season so this thing is in the works just trying to finalize it before I make it live to customers. Let me know what you think!