CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.”
It’s a simple arrangement where you purchase a ‘share’ of produce from a farm. In return, farm ‘members’ receive seasonal produce on a regular basis (in our CSA, every other week). CSA brings together community members, farmers and agricultural land in a relationship of mutual support based on an annual commitment to one another. In short, the farmer and members become partners in the production, distribution and consumption of locally grown food. You will receive the freshest, most nutritious produce available, grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. And to some extent, you share the risk of losing a vegetable crop to bad weather conditions, insects or disease. By entering into this relationship you are preserving working farmland, supporting sustainable agriculture, reducing trucking and packing costs and carbon output, and keeping farmers on the land. CSA works for you, local agriculture, and the environment!
Also be sure to look at our “The Way of a CSA: A Few Words of Caution” page.