What is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, brings consumers and farmers together in a relationship of mutual support. Each member makes a commitment to support the farm throughout the season. In return, members receive a weekly box of fresh produce from late spring though early fall. In effect, the farmer and the shareholder literally share the risks and the bounty of the garden. CSA promotes dialogue between farmers and consumers, and encourages a sense of community. Buyers get to see where their food comes from and have a vested interest in the land and the growers. The partnership allows the farmer to provide a wide variety of produce of the highest quality while keeping costs at or below supermarket prices.

At Fresh and Local CSA, members pay in advance of the season for a weekly share of the farm’s harvest, from early June through mid-October. Shares contain a variety of seasonal foods, picked that morning. A share provides most of the salad and vegetable needs for a couple or a small family for a week.

A CSA share from Fresh and Local CSA is more than good food. CSA members establish a connection with the food they eat, the land where it is grown, and the people who produce it. By doing so, they make a tangible commitment to local, sustainable, environmentally-sound agriculture, then literally reap the benefits. You, in effect, put your money where your mouth is.

Each box comes with a newsletter (to be e-mailed this season!) detailing what’s inside and how to cook, bake, serve and store the produce. You’re never left hanging as to how to use basil or eggplant; you’ll learn new variations on salad dressings and freezing and great tips on drying and storing for later use (from 5 days later to February meals!). There are many options to include more than vegetables in your share.

The 2013 CSA share sales season has begun. We are still selling shares and would be happy to welcome you to our Real Food community.

For more information on the program, contact our farmer Allan Balliett at (304) 876-3382, or email to info@freshandlocalcsa.com. If you email your request, please include your full name, mailing address, phone number, and the type of shares you are interested in.