INTRO

TO

CSA

ABOUT COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way to buy local food directly from a farmer. You purchase a “share” and become a farm “member.” The farm delivers a box of vegetables and/or other farm products to you regularly throughout the growing season. You choose the pick-up location from a list of options the farm provides. Some farms offer choose-your-own options or “market shares” where you can compile your own box of vegetables at their weekly farm stand.

Members of a CSA sign up with their farm in advance of the growing season, which helps farms plan for the season ahead and cover the initial annual costs of farm operation. 

Along with farm-fresh food, other benefits of CSA membership typically include:

  •  Farm newsletters with each delivery, including notes about farm activities, box contents, cooking tips, and recipes.

  • Opportunities to visit the farm and attend farm events.

  • Many share options including extended season shares (spring, fall, winter), customizable shares, and various share sizes.

  • Payment plans or financial support to accommodate households on a tight budget.

  • Knowing  your farmer uses sustainable and organic farming practices that limit environmental impact. 

CSA supports a sustainable farming system that connects farmers directly with consumers and ensures a fair price for farm products.

Thanks to our sponsors

at Heartland Credit Union

 

Spring share - Squashington Farm

May share - Tipi Produce

Summer share - Roots & Shoots

HOW DOES CSA WORK?

CSA members join a farm early in the season by purchasing a share of that farm’s products in advance. In return, members get a delicious weekly or bi-weekly box of foods, carefully grown, harvested, and washed by the farmer, all season. Members pick up their shares in their neighborhood or at their farm, and can participate in on-farm events, work days, potlucks, u-pick gardens, and more. Some farms offer choose-your-own or “market shares” where you can compile your own box of vegetables at their weekly farm stand!

IT'S REALLY AS SIMPLE AS THAT!

  1. You pick a farm that fits your needs.

  2. You purchase a “share” from a farm and become a farm “member.”

  3. You choose the pick-up location from a list of options the farm provides.

  4. The farm delivers a box of vegetables regularly throughout the growing season.

  5. You attend events and activities on your farm, if you want some quality time with your farmer.

WHY CHOOSE A FAIRSHARE-ENDORSED FARM?

Finding the farm that works best for you can be daunting with so many high-quality farms in our community. A FairShare-endorsed farm promises to:

  • Be certified organic or in transition to organic certification.

  • Grow or produce the vast majority of their products on their farm.

  • Provide a high level of customer service.

Late October share - Driftless Organic

 

WHAT FACTORS TO CONSIDER

FARM

LOCATION

Are you interested in

on-farm activities? Then

you might be interested 

in a farm that is located 

closer to you!  

PICKUP

LOCATION

With so many different pickup locations to choose from, you can find farms that deliver near your house or workplace.

SHARE

SIZE

How many people are using the share? A standard share may be perfect for 3-4, and a small/half share for 1-2

PICKUP

DAY

PRICE

Find the CSA share that is most cost-effective for you! (Check out our

Partner Shares Program 

for cost-sharing options.)

ADD-ONS

Interested in meat, dairy, coffee, or other specialty products? See which farms offer add-ons

# OF DELIVERIES

Different farms offer longer/shorter CSA seasons.

SPECIAL FARM

FEATURES

HOW TO PICK A FARM

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Use the tools at csacoalition.org

Our website has lots of great resources to assist in your farm selection. Learn about CSA through our CSA Farm Guide. Then, explore share types with the interactive Farm Search tool and find pick-up locations convenient to your home, workplace, or community.

Get to know your farmer

Become familiar with the farms in your community by clicking on their profiles, reading about farm offerings and their philosophy, and seeking out logistical information regarding pick-up locations and shares.

 

Contact the Farmer

As you narrow your search, visit the farm’s website and Facebook page, and then contact the farm if you still have questions. Farmers welcome inquiries from potential members.

 

Sign up

Fill out the farm’s CSA sign-up form and start receiving fresh food and priceless farm and cooking information.

Check out these additional resources: 

Looking for a CSA farm, but can't find what you're looking for in the FairShare Farm Search? Below are additional resources to find a CSA farm that delivers near  you and is a great fit for your household or organization:

info@csacoalition.org

608-226-0300

303 S Paterson St. #1B

Madison, WI 53703

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