Community Supported Agriculture
The CSA is an arrangement in which the farmer asks the consumer to pay at the beginning of the season for a weekly distribution of vegetables. The member assumes some risk by paying upfront for an undisclosed amount of food and the farmer takes a chance by promising vegetables before they are harvested.
The relationship is based on health and trust and the benefits go well beyond those that can be quantified in monetary terms alone. Members enjoy access to fresh, nutritious, organically grown produce at lower than market costs. They also have the opportunity to develop a relationship with the source and purveyor of that food. The farmer gains a guaranteed market for his product and much needed capital at a vulnerable time of year. The vision of keeping farms growing and growers farming has far reaching impacts on the health of land, community, individual and planet.
This model is not for everyone as it is a little different from how most Americans are used to acquiring their food. I believe that you will come to fully embrace these differences and I know that your body will. Please consider the responsibilities and rewards and decide if a CSA is right for you. I look forward to the opportunity of growing your food and sharing stories of weather, wonder and culinary delights with you.