CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. A subscriber to a CSA pays in advance for a share of the farm’s seasonal produce. On a weekly basis, generally from June through September, shares of the harvest are available for either pick-up or delivery. A subscriber invests in the farm, a farmer invests their time, resources and expertise to provide the subscriber with an interesting assortment of naturally grown, freshly picked produce. Both sides are subject to the goodwill of Mother Nature, and therefore share the risk.
When your produce dollars are spent locally, you are encouraging sustainable agriculture. This practice builds and sustains farms on a local level, while leaving the environment healthier. A sustainable farm manages soil fertility without the use of chemical fertilizers and practices crop management for soil enrichment rather than depletion. From a global perspective, the produce travels minimally before consumption.