What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. There are many different types of CSAs but they all share the same basic principles which are as follows: "a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a 'membership' or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season."
Advantages for consumers:
- Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
- Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
- Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm – even veggies they've never been known to eat
- Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
Information from: http://www.localharvest.org/