What is CSA? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a concept that surfaced in the United States in the mid-1980s. Though it can take on many forms, a CSA outlines a relationship between a farm and its community. Typically, 'members' or 'shareholders' make a commitment at the beginning of the year to support the farm by purchasing a 'share', thus helping the farmer with the early-season expenses (including seeds, materials and equipment maintenance). In turn, the farmer commits to producing food throughout the growing season. Unlike a simple retail transaction, a CSA is a partnership that shares not only the bounty but also the challenges the farmer may experience related to weather, pests and disease. Every farm is different and every CSA is reflection of that farm and its supporting community.
Our CSA began in 2009 when the organization itself was merely a seed. The 25 founding member families were involved in everything from crop choices and seed orders to planting and harvesting. Since its humble beginnings, our CSA has expanded to include over 120 families. While we still provide volunteer opportunities for our CSA members, the operation now stands on its own with the supervision and support of its Core Members. Subscribers pick up weekly at the farm on Manwaring Rd. The distribution is "market-style" with members filling their bag with the noted amounts of fresh produce.
Members also enjoy pick-your-own offerings such as flowers, peas, beans, cherry tomatoes and blackberries when available. Shares of bread from Blue Duck Bakery and beef from Acabonac Farms are also available. The on-site farmstand is also available for members and non-members alike to purchase local natural meats, cheeses, bread, soaps, etc. in addition to our own products.
See what our CSA is all about and read our weekly newsletters throughout the 21-week season.