Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
Here are the basics:
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. Participants purchase a share and in return receive a quantity of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.
Advantages for the farmer
Allows time to spend marketing the food earlier in the year, before the long 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 consumer
- Provides local and ultra-fresh food with all the flavor and nutritional benefits of just-picked vegetables
- Try new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Visit and familiarize themselves with the farm on weekly pick-ups
- Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
- Develop a relationship with the farmers who grow the food and learn more about how food is grown