Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an innovative way to connect the
consumer and grower with each making a commitment to one another. A CSA is
basically a partnership between the farmer and the member, where a member
commits to purchasing a significant portion of their seasonal food directly from
the farm, while the farmer commits to growing a diversity of produce throughout
In beoming a member of the farm, you purchase a share in advance for the entire growing season, becoming a 'shareholder'. We the farmers, in turn, commit to growing a variety of vegetables for weekly delivery. From mid May to mid November you will be provided with freshly harvested produce from our fields. The bounty will vary from week to week and month to month depending on the season.
A CSA is many things, some of which
Connecting the consumer of farm products directly with the farmer, thus
supporting local agriculture while saving the consumer money and providing
them with an
understanding of how their food is grown and harvested. This is a cost
savings if the same high-quality produce was purchased at retail prices.
Ultra fresh produce because it is grown and picked for the shareholder each week.
The shareholder is exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking as members exchange recipes and cooking techniques.
The shareholder becomes connected to the farm, the land where their food is grown and to the farmers who grow and harvest their food.
The shareholder learns to eat with the seasons when subscribing to a CSA. One won't find tomatoes in your share in May nor will you find many greens in your share mid summer!
Sharing the risk with the farmer. Occasionally a farmer may experience
a crop failure due to weather, pests or disease. The member will also
experience this crop failure by not having the expected amount of produce delivered. When the farmer has an abundant harvest, the shareholder reaps the benefit by having a extra produce for great feasts, preserving or sharing with friends.