Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, directly connects consumers and producers to help create a more profitable and transparent local food system. CSAs have been around for quite some time and have had to adapt to changes in the market, such as the prevalence of subscription boxes, customer preferences, and a pandemic.
The process of participating in a CSA is pretty simple!
- Consumers purchase a CSA share at the beginning of the season. There are many different models.
- Farmers use up-front payments to cover the cost of seeds, tools, and other inputs at the start of the season.
- Consumers receive regular distributions of vegetables, fruit, meat, or other farm products once the season begins.
CSAs give folks a chance to eat seasonally, closing the gap between farm and fork, but there are many benefits for both producers and consumers to participating in a CSA.
If you are interested in learning more about how this works and to sign up with a local CSA farm for the season, please join us for a Meet and Greet CSA fair at Agricole in Chelsea on Saturday, February 25th from 9am-12pm.
For more information please reach out to Emily Griswold at Coordinator@chelseafarmersmkt.org or call 734-593-6806