Every year more people say yes. Since the model was first introduced in the US in the mid-1980s, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer – with big advantages for both the farmer and the consumer.
CSAs can vary from one farm to the next, but they generally involve a customer buying a “share” for the coming growing season and in return receiving an allotment of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
What about cost? Studies say CSA allotments costs less compared to buying equivalent local food from a store, stand, or farmers market. However, you can also get help with the cost of a CSA share through programs like NOFA-VT’s Farm Share Program. Get information & apply
If you want to help a household in need afford a CSA, some farms allow you to buy an extra share that is donated to the Upper Valley organization Willing Hands. Click here for the list of participating farms.