Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farms are a fast-growing direct-farm marketing and production model. A CSA farm sells subscriptions or memberships to their CSA program.
Members pay up front and then receive a share of produce, generally once per week for 14-20+ weeks. This is usually a box or bag of produce, like the photos you see above. The cost varies from farm to farm depending on the products in the share and the number of deliveries included.
CSA farms deliver your share to a drop site, which might be a local business, the farm itself, a farmers market, or other establishment where you will pick it up, take it home, and enjoy local products harvested just hours ago. Many CSA farms have drop sites outside the city they are located in.
Additionally, CSA farms offer special opportunities for their members such as on-farm activities, weekly newsletters, and other membership benefits.
Each CSA is unique. In addition to fresh produce some include flowers, canned goods, honey, and even meat. So spend some time looking for one that meets your family's needs and has a convenient pick up location for you.
Narrowed it down to a favorite? Give them a call to ask any questions and learn more about the farm. One of the great things about the CSA model is the connection to your local farmer.