Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between you and a Farmer. Its a subscription program that allows you to become a member and shareholder of a local, organic, free-range farm for a season. By joining a CSA, you receive a weekly share of produce and/or meat and eggs directly from a farm in exchange for the guaranteed income that you provide to the farmers. You will also get to share in the risks and rewards of small-scale farming including amazing vegetables, healthy meats, and weather, insect damage, and bumper crops.
A CSA can often be more cost effective than simply shopping at the farmers market of hitting up your nearest grocery store.
CSAs provide a perfect opportunity to build a relationship with the people who grow your food, to see where your food comes from, and to taste the freshest food our region has to offer.
The KC Food Circle has several member farmers who offer CSA programs. Most run May through October though there are some that run year round or into the winter. There's a farm for everyone!
- When choosing a CSA, find one with a distribution point that is close to where you live or work in order to make it most convenient for you to pick up your share each week.
- If this is your first time joining a CSA and are not sure about the weekly schedule, consider joining with a friend or family member and sharing both the cost and the weekly pick up commitment. This is a great way to ease into the rhythm of a CSA and to enjoy some delicious food with your friends and family.