Make an investment in a local farm and get a season's worth of fresh food weekly. It's called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
How does a CSA work?
CSA members typically buy a farm share--which is an entire season’s worth of food--in late winter and early spring. In the summer and fall, the CSA farm typically delivers that week’s harvest to a designated site where CSA members pick up their share of fresh food. Some CSAs have expanded offerings into the winter and provide year round farm products.
What are the benefits of joining a CSA?
Obtaining Healthy Food: When you belong to a CSA, you are getting the most nutritious food available—food that has often been harvested that very day. CSAs provide you with weekly access to fresh produce and you can also find CSA fruit and protein options, all part of a healthy diet based on fresh foods.
Deepening Your Understanding of Food Production: Through your involvement in a CSA, you will gain a deeper appreciation of what is involved in producing the food you eat.
Strengthening Your Local Economy: CSAs keep money within your community and help area farmers— who are some your communities’ small business owners—be successful.
Expanding Your Community: When you join a CSA, you are entering a collaborative relationship with an individual farmer and a group of people who share your values and ideals when it comes to food.
Reducing Your Impact on the Earth: The act of transporting food over long distances contributes to global warming. When you join a CSA, you are reducing your negative impact on the earth.
What happens if there is a bad harvest?
If we are going to have a truly sustainable food system, farmers and consumers alike need to take a “shared risk” in food production. After all, farming is a risky business because crop yield is dependent on weather conditions and many other variables. If a farmer has to assume all the risk, he or she will be more likely to take “shortcuts”—like using toxic chemical fertilizers and GMOs—to remain competitive and productive. CSA members make a commitment to supporting their farmer whether there is a bountiful harvest or not because CSAs are not just about food; they are also about supporting a sustainable food system.