How to Pick a Farm

How A CSA Works:

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 raised, 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.

Why Choose a FairShare Farm?

Given the amazing quantity of high quality farms serving our communities, finding YOUR farm can be daunting. FairShare-endorsed farms must grow or produce the vast majority of their products on their farms. All farms must be certified organic or in transition to organic certification. All farms must demonstrate an ability to provide a high level of customer service.

Is a CSA Right for You & Your Family?

Do you enjoy cooking at home, or want to learn? Do you like the flavors and challenges of seasonal eating and the idea of committing to your food producers? Then CSA could be great for you!

How to Pick a Farm:

  1. Do your homework

    Become familiar with the farms in your community by reviewing the Farm Profiles, or by attending a CSA Open House, reading about farm offerings and their philosophy, and seeking out logistical information regarding pick-up locations and shares.

    Read more about the factors to consider when choosing a farm.

  2. Use the tools at www.csacoalition.org

    Our website has lots of great resources to assist in your farm selection. Explore share types with the CSA Farm Search and find pick-up locations convenient to your home, workplace or community via the interactive Pick-Up Locations Map.

  3. 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.

  4. Sign up

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

FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition