Keeping a Share Log
Why Keep a CSA Share Log?
Keeping a log provides data that can be used in outreach for future seasons, and media relations. It also will give your members clearer idea of how much food they are getting each week.
CSA Share Log Instructions
Each time you receive your CSA distribution, please use the CSA SHARE LOG to record:
- The crops/ varieties in each share
- How much of each crop/ variety was in each share
- Any notes or comments on the crops/ varieties, such as their condition or uniqueness
- The amount of food remaining at the end of the distribution that is to be donated
Measuring the Contents of Shares
- Use a kitchen scale for the bulk of your measuring. This is the best way to measure shares each week and will give you the best reference point for the comparison of shares across weeks, seasons and years. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, check local grocery stores to see if they are discarding their old fruit and vegetable scales, they may be happy to donate one to you.
- When recording weights, use the note section to record any other pertinent information. For instance, if a farmer delivers broccoli one week with stems, and the next week she just delivers crowns, be sure to record that information.
- If you can’t get a scale, record the share amount however you measure it, for example, if you use a bowl to measure out greens, record the number of bowls in each share, or if you give each member a certain number of tomatoes, record the number of tomatoes. This method won’t give you as accurate an estimate, but it will give you a good general idea of how much food each share is getting over the course of a season.
- Exceptions to the rule: Some larger items can simply be recorded by number, pumpkins, and large melons are examples of this. Herbs can be recorded by the bunch.