Community Supported Agriculture

CSA - Community Supported Agriculture

Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on.

For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.

Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief:

 

Advantages for farmers:
  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin

  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow

  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

 

Advantages for consumers:
  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits

  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking

  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season

  • Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm - even veggies they've never been known to eat

  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

What We Offer

Our growing season lasts 40 weeks (March - November). We have two greenhouses to allow for year-round growing of certain high volume items such as lettuces, tomatoes and herbs. We will be adding more flexibility for some vegetables to be available year-round such as cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, onions, etc.

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