Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
How we eat determines, to an extent, how the world is used. ~Wendell Berry
What is a CSA?
A CSA is a group of people directly supporting and sustaining the produce that they consume. CSA subscribers join with growers in assuming the costs, risks, and reward of the growing season's crops. This model insures that those who buy a seasonal share of fresh produce feel more connected to the food they eat and the food they serve their family.
How it works
A consumer buys a "share of the seasonal harvest and in return receives a dividend each week - a box of produce from the farmers who grew it. By joining a CSA subscribers are committed to eating within the seasons. It creates a direct relationship between those who want to eat safe, fresh, nutritious food and those who grow it. And, by supporting local farmers, subscribers know they will receive the best food available any given week.
Produce for the CSA shares is usually harvested a day or two prior to delivery to the packing site. This makes CSA produce some of the freshest available, unless of course you grow your own. When food items are shipped hundreds or thousands of miles, they depend upon dwindling resources of fossil fuel for processing and transporting. Such food is often harvested before fully ripe and can be coated with preservatives. Local food is fresh, flavorful and may be more nutritious.