Are you looking for a way to eat healthier? Maybe you want to incorporate more vegetables into your diet? What about eating more food grown locally? If you’re looking for any of those things, then Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) may be for you.
CSAs have become more popular over the years as people begin to look for healthier options to feeding themselves and their families. Through CSA individuals support a farm by buying a “share” or “membership” in the farm. In return the shareholders or members receive part of what the farmer produces, normally in the form of a box or bag of produce delivered weekly during the growing season. Other types of non-vegetable CSAs also exist, from meat to cheese, as do variations in delivery frequency.
Participants pick up their box of vegetables at the farm or another central location. The bounty inside includes what’s in season and available for harvesting at that time. Often seeing what’s inside can be a surprise to individuals who are used to having access to whatever they want, no matter the season, at the grocery store.
In this way, participation in a CSA often brings members closer to the food they eat. CSA participants begin to understand what types of vegetables typically grow in their particular region and at what time. Supporters may even get a chance to meet the farmer face-to-face by working part of their share off with time in the fields or on the farm.
There are many farms in Dane county and surrounding areas that deliver CSA shares to the Madison area. To find a farm or learn more, visit FairShare CSA Coalition.