Community Supported Agriculture

What is a CSA Farm?

  • CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farms are a fast-growing direct-farm marketing & production model. Consumers receive fresh, healthy & local food directly from the farm.. A CSA farm sells subscriptions (or memberships) to their farm CSA program generally in late winter or early spring. Members pay up front & then receive a share of produce, generally once per week for 14-20+ weeks.
  • A CSA farm is a great way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. You can purchase a share (i.e. membership) from a farmer for an upfront cost. The cost varies from farm to farm depending on the products in the share and the number of deliveries included. CSA farms usually offer full shares and share portions like half shares.
  • When joining a CSA, understand that the membership has a shared risk. If the farm gets bad weather, like a hailstorm in the summer, they may lose some crop. The idea of shared risk is what creates a sense of community and a stronger connection to the farm.
  • There will be variation from CSA to CSA when it comes to products, days of delivery and how many weeks during the spring/summer that they deliver. Many CSA farms have drop sites outside the city they are located in.
  • Some CSA farms offer members the opportunity to volunteer at the farm or to come out for a farm visit to see where their produce comes from. Often, CSA farms offer on-farm activities, weekly newsletters & other membership benefits

What is the benefit of becoming a member of a CSA? 

  • CSA membership is an increasingly popular way to get your weekly produce.  CSA members will receive ultra fresh produce (and some farms will also offer things like meats, cheeses, jams, eggs and other goodies!) in a box or basket each week. Many people enjoy having a relationship with the farm and knowing what’s in season and how the crops are progressing.
  • It is convenient to have fresh produce delivered to you weekly.  You receive produce that you may have never tried before and you are likely to eat more vegetables than you typically would.  It is a great way to add variety to your weeknight dinners.

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