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Posted on 07-01-2015

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture"

Have you been thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Please read why I love my CSA!

For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer versus going to a grocery store not even knowing where your food is being sent from or who is touching it and how long it's been in transit before you eat it.

Here are the basics: 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.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief...

Advantages for farmers:

  1. Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  2. Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow
  3. 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

It's a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of families have joined CSA's, and in some areas of the country there is more demand than there are CSA farms to fill it. The government does not track CSAs, so there is no official count of how many CSA's there are in the U.S.. LocalHarvest has the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms, with over 4,000 listed in our grassroots database.

It's very important to know your local farmers!

This information was taken directly from LocalHarvest and you can search your area for farms and CSA's if interested:  http://www.localharvest.org/organic-farms/

Here are other organic farm fresh food delivery or farm options for Boulder County:

https://www.colorado.doortodoororganics.com/

http://www.isabellefarm.com

http://www.cureorganicfarm.com

http://www.redwagonorganicfarm.com

http://www.solysombrafarm.com

You can also look for farm shares near you if you live in Colorado; Colorado Farm Shares:

http://www.coloradocsas.info 

Obviously, many of us have access to or are growing our organic gardens, but they get started late or we just want more variety than what are gardens are able to produce each season. At least we know there are options out there to be healthy in this toxic world! Eat Organic, Local and GMO-free! Change your food to change your life!

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