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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.” You then receive a box of vegetables or other farm products regularly throughout the growing season. Some farms also offer choose-your-own or “market shares” where you can make your own box of veggies at the farm stand.

Late Summer Share from Harmony Valley Farm

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:

  • 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.

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.

Join us on March 17th for the Find Your Farm event at Monona Terrace to meet farmers and choose a share that works for you.

Click here for tips on using your share, including storage, cooking, and preservation resources.

FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition