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. Read more to see if a CSA membership is a good fit for you and your family.
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 like one would a gym membership. CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront. This early customer commitment allows the farm to much more efficient by being able to plant for the number of members it takes on. What's more, the early income coincides with the farms expenses, which often happen long before the harvest starts. All this allows the farmer to pass the efficiencies onto the CSA member as well as give them better quality produce than the can buy in the store. There are 1000's of CSA farms throughout the country and they are becoming more popular every season because 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 and harvests what vegetables are ready in sufficient quantity to supply the entire membership with equal shares. The farmer determines which vegetables will be in the shares and in what quantities based on their harvest. Members uses reusable bags to the pick-up and select their vegetables from what is available...generally a variety of a 6-8 vegetables a week.
What's in the Whitefish Stage Organic Farms' CSA?
We grow over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables so there will surely be some ones that you love as well as some you have never heard of before. In the early part of the season there will be lots of leafy greens like kale, lettuce, and spinach and roots like radishes and salad turnips as well as strawberries. The summer brings the addition of zucchini, cucumbers, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, beets and carrots and fruits like raspberries, apricots, and Flathead cherries. The fall share have a smattering of everything above as well as the addition of broccoli, cabbage and winter squashes like acorn, spaghetti and pumpkins as well as apples. This is just some of the fruits and vegetables we grow so there will be much more than just these. But we can't forget that mother nature is really the one in charge and crop failures do occur due to weather. So even though 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...so as a result, members get VIP treatment. Here is a list of the benefits your members will get in 2017:
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 we appreciate everyone who get's behind what we're doing and it's our goal to treat them to all the farm has to offer!