What is a “CSA”?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is a way for the community to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly box of produce. It enables community members to make a long-term commitment to a farm and allows a local farm to have a solid base of customer support.
An important aspect of a CSA is that the members share in the risk of farming as well as the bounty. If a hail storm or late freeze damages the strawberry crop or a drought and high heat ruins the tomato crop, there will not be as many of those crops that year. However, if there is a bumper crop of strawberries, CSA members make space in their freezer!
Advantages for farmers:
- Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
- Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
- Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
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
How It Works
Participants pick-up a box of healthy, organically grown produce each Wednesday from 3 pm – 6pm at the Battlefield Farmer’s Market in Rock Spring or each Thursday from 4 pm – 6 pm at Signal Mountain Farmer’s Market at Pruett's Market. Boxes will be available each week from May 18 – Aug 3 and August 31 – November 2. Shares will be packaged but you are encouraged to bring a container each week.
Fees & Payment
$575 – full share (feeds 3-4/wk)
$475 – partial share (feeds 1-3/wk)
Partial payment and applications are due on March 1. Full payment must be made by the first pick up date. Your share is reserved once full or partial payment and application are received.