Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for people 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. People purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week (or every other week) throughout the farming season. If we are short on produce, sometimes we buy locally grown and milled grits and corn meal, honey, blueberries, etc. from other farms to give to our customers.
An important aspect of a CSA is that the members share in the risk of farming as well as the bounty. If a hail storm or late freeze damages the strawberry crop or a drought and high heat ruins the tomato crop, there will not be as many of those crops that year. However, if there is a bumper crop of strawberries, CSA members make space in their freezer!
In our ten years of farming we have always given members the amount they paid for and often times 2 to 15 % more. When you join our CSA you are making an investment in local, organic agriculture and our goal is to give you a great return on your investment by providing healthy food and a healthier environment.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief..
Advantages for farmers:
Advantages for consumers:
At each delivery site we have a “swap box” so that members may swap out vegetables.
Our Produce is valued at a fair-market price for Certified Organic vegetables, however, often times, members receive a much better deal than they would find in the grocery store for a lower quality food item.