Community Supported Agriculture
- What is a CSA?
A CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. It is an economic model that creates a direct link between a farm and its supporters. Basically each supporter buys a share of the farm before the season begins. This allows the farmers to purchase seeds, supplies, and to work on the infrastructure to grow the farm. For our Boxed CSA, we design a crop plan to provide a certain value of fresh, seasonal vegetables for every week of the season and arrange for the shareholders to pick up their share once a week. With our Farmstand CSA, supporters purchase a debit card, to which we add 10% value, and are able to come to the farmstand and buy what they want, when they want it.
- Why a CSA?
A CSA allows farmers to focus on growing great crops. CSA shareholders can develop a relationship with the land and the farmers who raise their food. You can be assured that we use no pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers and your food dollars are sure to stay within the local economy. You will be able to feel good about helping a small farm sustain itself and feeding your family truly fresh and vibrant vegetables.
- Who should join a CSA?
The produce provided will be seasonal and varied, including vegetables that you may have never tried before. Members should thrive on variety and take inspiration from the beauty and freshness of the selection each week. The farmers at White Barn Farm love to eat and cook and will give you ideas for using the veggies. If you don't think you can use a whole share or if you are a family of picky eaters, probably joining the Farmstand CSA is a better choice. Many skeptical Boxed CSA members have found themselves and especially their kids turned onto new vegetables or even just fresh versions of the familiar grocery store versions. At White Barn Farm CSA we are hoping to match your expectations with the experience to develop a band of happy customers.
- How do I prepare to be a CSA member?
If you are game for eating with the seasons, get ready for some delicious results. You should be prepared to be cutting up more veggies - you are sure to appreciate a great knife and large cutting board. A salad spinner is terrific for washing your lettuces and greens and keeping in your fridge ready to throw together in a salad or sneak into a BLT. You will probably find yourself dining out less since you have such good food at home already - your wallet and waistline are sure to thank you. Eating more vegetarian entrees is also likely; fresh produce lends itself so easily to a quick pasta or stir-fry. We encourage you to be realistic with your time and energy, but we feel confident that preparing our produce will be a joyful and rewarding experience you will consider time well-spent.
- How does the CSA at White Barn Farm work? Check out How Our CSA Works