Community Supported Agriculture
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.
CSA is MUCH MORE than just a weekly delivery of produce, pasture-raised eggs or livestock. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a powerful investment in your health, community, and local economy. It’s a partnership between farms and consumers that keep independent businesses thriving, helps families eat seasonal, local produce, and charges farmers and consumers with the responsibility of building a strong, equitable food system. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) was introduced to the U.S. in 1985 to promote fresh, locally grown food and foster social and ecological responsibility. CSAs establish a direct partnership between farmers and consumers, allowing members to share the risks and rewards of farming while enjoying a sense of responsibility for sustainable land stewardship.
Families and individuals become CSA Members
by paying a seasonal fee (payment plans available), which entitles them to a share of our weekly vegetable harvest.
A “Farm Share” is a simple idea in which a “Member” buys a “Share” of a farmer’s harvest at the beginning of the growing season, and then comes to the farm or pick up location each week to pick up their “Share” of the farm’s vegetable harvest.
Benefits of Becoming a CSA Member
Eat Healthy… you’re giving yourself a nice dose of high-quality, nutrient-dense food. studies have found that organic vegetables have a higher antioxidant content than their conventionally-raised counterparts (source).
Save Money… While a CSA subscription may feel like a lot of money up front, you end up only spending around $30 per week on vegetables. Also, since your vegetables are fresher than fresh, they will often last longer than store-bought produce, leading to less waste.
Know Where Your Food Comes From… Knowing where our food comes from is now a novelty that can be hard to come by. If you aren’t able to grow your own garden or simply can’t grow enough to meet your family’s needs, joining a CSA is the next best thing. Not only can you participate in some of the growth of this food, but you can trust and know that it’s in good hands from seed to harvest.
Support the Local Economy… This is an important one for many. It has been found that at least twice the amount of money stays within our local communities when we buy products locally vs. not locally (source).
We can build strong local communities by supporting local farmers, artisans, and other creators/producers that contribute to meeting our needs. If there is an option to purchase something locally rather than a “Made in China” product, please consider the local item, even if it may cost a bit more. The money invested locally always comes back around and is an investment not just in the company or person we’re purchasing from, but also in our own families.
CSAs started so that consumers could really connect with the farm and the farmers, to really know where their food is coming from and how it’s grown. Being a CSA member means you are literally a part of the farm.
Harvest and Music Festivals, Summer Farm To Table Dinner and Visit The Farm Days are some of the upcoming events planned for the upcoming season! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter that keeps you connected to the happenings on the farm.