CSA is so much more than a bag of groceries! When you think about the value of a CSA share, there’s a lot to consider. Buying directly from the farm means you are buying the very freshest, tastiest food. Vegetable varieties are grown for quality, flavor and diversity–not shelf life and the ability to withstand weeks and hundreds of transport miles. CSA helps you learn where your food comes from, how it’s grown, and how to prepare it. When you join a CSA, you keep your food dollars local and support a small-scale farm and its rural community. Becoming a CSA member means you’re joining a community of conscious eaters. Invest in good, clean food and the creation of a safe, community-based food system in the greater southern Indianapolis area!
How can I tell if CSA is a good choice for me and my family?
Do you enjoy cooking at home, or want to learn? Do you like the idea of committing to farmers in your food shed? Do you want to receive fresh, nutritious, seasonal food? Do you recognize that by receiving vegetables (or meats, etc.) from a local farm you are doing more than buying food? Then CSA could be a great fit for you!
What is CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is a partnership between farms and consumers that usually takes the form of a weekly box of vegetables during the growing season. That partnership keeps small-scale farms thriving, helps families eat fresh, seasonal, local produce, and charges farmers and consumers with the responsibility of building a strong, equitable food system. CSA is much more than a weekly delivery of food; it’s a powerful investment in your health, community, and local economy.
How does it work?
In general, CSA farms sign up members from late Fall through late Spring (or until a farm’s CSA membership fills up) for the coming growing season, paying for their share of vegetables up front (some farms offer installment payment plans, but many require full payment at enrollment). Members (often called subscribers or shareholders) receive a weekly or bi-weekly delivery of farm goods through a specified portion of the growing season, which is usually from June through October, though some farms offer seasons that are shorter or longer.
We are working on bringing CSA’s to both Southport Farmers Market and Southside Farmers Market but would like your thoughts.
Thanks to Band of Farmers FAQ where I received all the information above about local CSA’s. Also thanks to Hoosier Farmers Market Coalition for providing me additional links on how to form a local CSA. Let me know your interest. Thanks