What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a model where a member pays for a “share” of a farmer’s offerings in advance, making a commitment to a local farm that they will support them through the season.
In return, farmers provide them with food through a designated period of time. This model shares the bounty, risk, and cost between customers and farmers.
How Do They Work?
Every CSA program is different, but there are 2 general ways CSAs work…
You buy a gift card from a farm at a discounted rate that you can use at their location or farmers’ market stand whenever you’d like, on whatever products you choose.
You pay a fee, and you receive a regular delivery or pick-up of products through a designated time period. Some farms let customers can choose what they want with online ordering, some farms fill shares with what is available and it is a surprise for customers.
Is a CSA Share Right For Me?
A CSA membership is for you if you…
- Enjoy trying new foods
- Love to cook or want to cook at home more
- Would like to eat more local, seasonal food
- Want to support small businesses and farms in your community
- Care about sustainability and environmental conservation
- Have the resources to pay for a season’s worth of food up-front, on a payment plan, or qualify for a free CSA share with Adk Action’s Fair Share program
- Want the security of knowing you will always have fresh food each week
- And much more!