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 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 select a farm and pay for the full season in advance, which helps cover the initial annual costs of the farm operation. In return, members receive boxes of the farm’s produce or products throughout the growing season, and the satisfaction gained by reconnecting to the land and learning about local food production.
Along with farm-fresh food, other benefits of CSA membership typically include:
CSA supports a sustainable farming system that connects farmers directly with consumers and ensures a fair price for farm products.
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:
Use our interactive Farm Search tool to find a CSA share that works for you.
Click here for tips on using your share, including storage, cooking, and preservation resources.