Though they have been around for 25 years, CSA farms are still unfamiliar to many people. Below are the most frequently asked questions about CSA's.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA farms enable consumers to purchase fresh, seasonal produce directly from a local farmer by becoming a farm member for a season. CSA members pay for an entire season of the farm's produce upfront. This early customer commitment allows the farm to produce more efficiently by being able to plant for the number of members it takes on. What's more, the early income coincides with the farm's expenses, which most occur before the harvest of the produce. All this allows the farmer to pass the savings from those efficiencies onto the CSA member, as well as fresher, better-quality produce than they can buy in the store. At last count, the USDA counted 12,549 CSA farms throughout the country.
Here's a summary of the benefits to both the farmer and the members:
Advantages for the farmer
Advantages for the Members
How does it work?
Each week of the CSA season, the farmer goes into the field to determine which vegetables are ready in sufficient quantity to supply the entire membership. Members use reusable bags for pickup and select their vegetables from what is available, generally a variety of 6-8 vegetables a week.
What's in the CSA at Whitefish Stage Organic Farms?
We grow over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables so there will surely be some that you love, and possibly some you have never heard of.
And while we cannot guarantee any specific vegetables, we can guarantee a good share value each week.
What other benefits do I get with a membership to Whitefish Stage Organic Farms?
Did you know that your membership makes community farms like Whitefish Stage Organic Farms possible? That's because growing the food for shares is the one thing we can count on. As a result, members get VIP treatment. Here is a list of the benefits Whitefish Stage Organic Farm's members will get in 2018:
The most important thing to a community farm is the community that supports it. Together we make it make sense for communities like ours to become self sufficient again. We so appreciate everyone who get's behind what we're doing and we look forward to treating our CSA members to all the farm has to offer!