Though they have been around for 25 years, CSA farms are still unfamiliar to most people. Below are the most frequently asked questions about CSA's. Read the information below to see if 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. CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront. This early income enables the farmer to plan for the season, buy seeds, maintain equipment, and more. 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 will go into the field and harvest what vegetables are ready in sufficient quantity to supply the entire membership with equal shares. The farmer will determine which vegetables will be in the shares and in what quantities based on their harvest. Members will bring their own bags or boxes to the pick-up and select their vegetables from what is available.
What vegetables will be in the shares?
We grow over 50 varieties of vegetables so there will surely be some ones that you love and one 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. The summer will bring squash, cucumbers, beans, potatoes. The fall shares will have plenty of greens along with beets, carrots, broccoli and cabbage. This is just some of the vegetables we plan in growing 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:
You see, the most important thing to a local community farm is the community that supports it. Together we make it make sense for communities like ours to start to become self sufficient again. We are accepting members for just a few more weeks before we will need to close membership 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!