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What's a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture...... Defined

Community Supported Agriculture refers to a relationship based approach to growing, selling, and distributing produce and other locally produced foods.  While industrial food production systems are efficient at the point of production, they give away most of this efficiency, as well as taste, freshness, and nutritional value, by shipping produce thousands of miles, and ultimately by throwing most of it away because it goes bad before being sold at grocery stores.  Food delivered in this industrialized system is relatively inexpensive because the two main players, farmers and the environment, are not sufficiently valued and compensated. The waste inherent in this system is roughly equal to the extent to which farmers and the environment are compromised and undervalued.  As a result, the conventional system is not sustainable.

Over the last two decades or so, CSAs have become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farm.  A more familiar way to think of a CSA might be as an investment.  In short, a farm offers a certain number of "shares" to the public in exchange for an upfront payment, and the farm pays the shareholder "dividends" during the growing season in the form of a weekly box of vegetables.  Shares of a CSA are also referred to as a membership.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.

Farmers:

  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow or produce.
  • Get to spend time marketing food early in the year, before their long days in the field begin.
  • Recieve payment early in the season to have funds to buy seed and other products necessary to produce food.

Consumers:

  • Eat super-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits.
  • Get to connect to a farm.
  • May try new vegetables and new ways of cooking.
  • Find that children typically favor farm food from "their" farm...even veggies theyve never been known to eat.
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown.

 

(adapted from localharvest.org) 

 

 

CSA Pickup Thursday Cdale and Friday Marion & Thanks for Returning Boxes!December 12th, 2017

Look for new curly kale, lettuce, potatoes, and more in shares this week.   Happiest of sunny winter days are here!  Now is perfect high tunnel weather for great greens and lettuces.....cold

CSA Pickup TODAY Thursday Cdale and Friday Marion & Thanks for Returning Boxes!December 7th, 2017

Members will enjoy more fresh brussell sprouts on the vine as well as collard greens, potatoes, white turnips and more......all very nutritious and wonderful as the weather turns chilly.  The gre

CSA Reminder for Thursday Nov 28th and Friday Nov 29th Regular times....November 29th, 2017

Thanksgiving is always a good break from normal and thanks to members for adjusting your schedules last week.  I had many nice comments about the Brussel sprouts.....something new for members, so

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