CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, is a growing social and agricultural movement that encourages small farm preservation and profitability by directly linking local growers with local community members.
Basically, a CSA works like this: In late winter and early spring, interested community members sign up for a share of a particular CSA farm's harvest during the growing season. They pay in advance which supports their farmer and reserves their “share” of freshly harvested farm produce. The share costs vary from farm to farm and often depend on variables like length of the season and products offered. Members receive weekly boxes, or come to the farm to pick up a wide variety of vegetables and fruits.
When you join a CSA you get some pretty terrific benefits. You get.....
To know your farmers personally.
To know exactly where your food comes from (even see it growing!).
To eat healthful, often organically grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
To support a local farm, preserving our essential rural environment.
To keep your hard earned money working in your community.
CSA farms are good for the farmer, good for the consumer, and good for the land. Check out our local CSAs and consider joining one this season.
Visit the wonderful farms listed on this website. There are farms located all around the area and they are all a little different from one another. You may want one that provides an in-town delivery, or you might just want to pick up your produce right at the farm, or you might choose one that can do both. Then again, you may want to work for your food and sign up for a work share. There's lots of variety to be had.
All our CSA farms supply great local, healthful food, support local agriculture, nurture the environment, and provide a wonderful food experience.