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What is a CSA?

 

Are you thinking about signing up for a CSA but wanting to learn more about the concept before signing up? Check this out.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a very popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food from the farmer. A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to their customers. The shares will typically consist of a box of vegetables and/or fruit, but other products may be included. Consumers purchase a share, membership, or subscription and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the season. The each farmer may have a slightly different season depending on their geographic location and growing strategies.

These arrangements are beneficial to both the farmer and the consumer for a variety of reasons.

Benefits of the farmer:

Benefits for the consumer:

This is a very simple idea that has become a craze all over the US. In many places there is a greater demand than the farms can fill.

Many farms operate on a shared risk platform. This means that the consumer will share in the good and the bad of raising agriculture products. Meaning if there is a surplus of tomatoes, or a crop failure of peppers, all involved understand those risks and or rewards. This creates a sense of community among the members and farmers.