What is a CSA?

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

The healthiest, best-tasting food is local food. Community Supported Agriculture is the best way for consumers to buy fresh, seasonal produce directly from the farmers who grow it.

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Every week, CSA members receive a box of just-picked vegetables from the farmer. No grocery stores. No middle man. Just you, the farmer and the food.

How does the Left Bower Farm CSA work?

You become a “member” of the CSA by paying for a “share” of organically grown vegetables at the beginning of the season. Starting in the Spring, you will receive a box of seasonal vegetables every week.

In the early season, you might get baby salad greens, green onions and tender carrots. In the heat of summer, your CSA share will be brimming with fat heirloom tomatoes, spicy jalapeño peppers and pungent basil. In the Fall, you’ll cut into sweet butternut squash and enjoy late broccoli and napa cabbage.

What are the benefits of the CSA model?

Here’s what the USDA has to say about the benefits of the CSA model (bold added):

“In basic terms, CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.

Members or shareholders of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land.

Members also share in risks, including poor harvest due to unfavorable weather or pests.” (From Defining Community Supported Agriculture)

To sum up the benefits of CSA:

  • Consumers connect with local farmers
  • Consumers share in the bounty of fresh, local food
  • Farmers receive financial and community support for their work
  • Farmers and consumers are “in this together,” sharing the risk and rewards of growing real food

How much does it cost?

We have several different pricing options depending on the size of your share (full or half) and the delivery method (home delivery or pick-up).