Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs) are becoming more and more popular, as food contamination scares and environmental issues cause more people to think about where their food comes from.
CSAs (also called subscription farming or farm shares) help connect consumers directly with farmers to receive fresh produce on a seasonal basis.
Customers can receive a “share” of a small farm’s harvest (usually weekly), for an up-front payment at the beginning of the season. This gives farmers a built-in market, while providing customers with fresh, often organic produce – usually at a lower cost than even a farmer’s market.
We are great fans of the CSA model, and have been CSA subscribers for over 7 years now. Although farmer’s markets can be fun, we find the long-term relationship with a specific farm, as well as the convenience and price, to be much more appealing in the long-run.