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Grant Farms CSA

What is Community Supported Agriculture?

mushrooms-rhubarbCSA is a partnership of mutual commitment between a local farm and a community of supporters that provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. Supporters cover a farm’s yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season’s harvest. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the costs, risks, and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower.

Members help pay for product production costs, seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce or goods (in Grant Farms’ case cheese, mushrooms, fruit, eggs, microgreens, and other organic produce) throughout the growing season.

Becoming a CSA agriculture member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it. This mutually supportive relationship between local farmers, growers, and community members helps create an economically stable farm operation in which members are assured the highest-quality produce at a fair price.

In return, farmers and growers are guaranteed a reliable market for a diverse and seasonal selection of crops and food goods. CSA reflects an innovative and resourceful strategy to connect local farmers and producers with local consumers; develop a regional food supply and strong local economy; maintain a sense of community; encourage land stewardship; and honor the knowledge and experience of growers and producers working with small to medium farms and food producers.

CSA is a unique model of local agriculture and economic community whose roots reach back 30 years to Japan where a group of women concerned about the increase in food imports and the corresponding decrease in the farming population initiated a direct growing and purchasing relationship between their group and local farms.

lettuceThis arrangement, called “teikei” in Japanese, translates to “putting the farmers’ face on food.” This concept traveled to Europe and was adapted to the U.S. and given the name “Community Supported Agriculture” at Indian Line Farm, Massachusetts, in 1985. As of January 2015, there are over 3500 CSA farms across the US and Canada.

What is a CSA Share and what is it worth?

With a pre-season payment you may purchase a “share” of the farm’s or producer’s summer/ fall and a winter/spring harvest or products. You then receive a weekly portion of fresh, organic local products through our 26-week harvest cycles, July into December…..and in the Winter/Spring January through June

In signing up with our local farm, you dedicate yourself to being our customer for the season. This provides the farm with a secure market for all our growing efforts. The farm, in turn, commits to providing an abundant, diverse and quality array of vegetables and fruit as each season allows.

In a strictly dollars and cents view, the worth of a share does represent a fair price for the products offered — if such food could be comparably found in supermarkets. More philosophically, the worth of a share is certainly linked with the value you place upon eating fresh, locally grown food, knowing who it is that grows your food, sustainable methods of organic food production, in keeping our local economy robust and your own eating habits and lifestyle healthy.

The worth of a share is also best evaluated by looking at the entire growing or share season, rather than week to week; as the weekly variety and quantity of some products will vary seasonally. Being part of a CSA is truly learning the lifestyle that comes with eating organic produce, meats, and more seasonally and locally.

The Logistics of a Weekly CSA Delivery

For folks who are new to Community Supported Agriculture, this is definitely a unique way to pick up your weekly groceries. In order to make your pickup efficient and enjoyable, it is very important to read through the pickup protocol page.

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