Community Supported Agriculture [CSA]
Join one of these CSAs serving Wake County as a way to access fresh, healthy foods and support our local economy!
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here’s how it works in general:
- 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”) for a season. In return, they receive a box (bag or basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This is a mutually beneficial arrangement for both the farmer and the consumer. For farmers, they receive payment early inthe season, which helps with cash flow, and it enables them to have time to market their food early in the year before the very busy growing season. It also gives them an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow.
Consumers benefit from CSA membership by having access to ultra-fresh food, picked at the peak of ripeness, and they are expoosed to new vegetables and often new ways of cooking them. Consumers also usually get to the visit the farm at least once a season, get to know their farmer and learn more about how the food is grown, plus a lot of families find that kids favor foods from “their” farm and often are more willing to try new foods.
Types of CSAs
There are different models of CSAs. For some, you will visit a drop site, work site or farmers’ market to pick up your share. For others, the share will be delivered to your office or home. Some CSAs offer a “mix and match” approach where you can choose your foods to some degree.
Learn more about CSAs at Local Harvest.