CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture
CSA allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers.
When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of fruit from a regional farmer. Weekly or bi-weekly, your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood.
CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront. This early bulk payment enables your farmer to plan for the season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, and more.
Why Join A CSA?
Buy the freshest food for your family at more affordable prices than the farmers’ market and grocery store.
Explore new foods and learn to cook with them.
Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit.
Share healthy eating habits with your kids. Expose them early to a variety of regional produce.
Protect the Environment
Support farmers who take care of their land by growing food in ways that take care of the soil.
Cut down on the number of miles your food travels from the farm to your plate.
- Your support helps small local farms stay afloat.
- Connect with the food you eat by meeting your farmers and exploring the farms.
- Local food tastes better – Food imported from far away is older, has traveled on trucks or planes, and has sat in warehouses before it finally gets to you
- Local produce is better for you – The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food.
- Local food is safe – Local farmers aren’t anonymous and they take their responsibility to the consumer seriously.
- Local food builds community – When you buy direct from a farmer, you’re engaging in a time-honored connection between eater and grower. Knowing the farmer gives you insight into the seasons, the land, and your food. It gives you access to a place where your children and grandchildren can go to learn about nature and agriculture
- Local food preserves open space – When farmers get paid more for their products by marketing locally, they’re less likely to sell their farmland for development. When you buy locally grown food, you’re doing something proactive to preserve our agricultural landscape.
- Local food keeps taxes down – According to several studies, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in servies, whereas most other kinds of development contribute less in taxes than the cost of the service they require.
- Local food is in investment in the future – By supporting local farmers today, you are helping ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow.
- Local food benefits the environment and wildlife – Well-managed farms conserve fertile soil and clean water in our communities. The farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds, and buildings that provide habitat for wildlife.