What is a CSA?
Community-Supported or Community-Shared Agriculture (CSA) is also known as "subscription farming." You buy a subscription from a local farmer just like you buy a subscription to a newspaper or a magazine. You receive a "share" of fresh, locally grown or raised fruit and/or vegetables. Some farmers also offer CSA subscriptions for farm-fresh eggs, and/or meats. CSA subscribers don't so much "buy" food from particular farms as become "members" of those farms. CSAs provide more than just food, they offer ways for eaters to become involved in the ecological and human community that supports the farm. Join one today!
This is amazing! But how do I pick a farm?
Deciding where to get your share is all about knowing what options are best for you and, much like you would pick a care provider, finding growers who you feel a connection with. Different farms also offer different delivery or pick-up options, so convenience will also play a factor, as will flexibility within the membership options. It all depends on your individual needs.
Point me to my nearest CSA farm!
There are many farms that distribute to the neighborhood. We have worked with Band of Farmers, a coalition of Chicago area farmers in the past. We consider all of these growers to be wonderful, passionate people committed to providing you with the best, most wholesome products available.