Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for communities to buy high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. A farmer offers shares to the public---which usually include 7-10 types of vegetables, enough for a family of 2-3 people, along with add-on options for other items like fruits and eggs. Interested members purchase a seasonal subscription in advance allowing the farmer to pay for seed, equipment, etc. up front. Hence the “community-supported” part of CSA.
Throughout the season, members receive a box of seasonal produce straight from the farm. By developing a relationship with the farmer who grows our food, we learn where it comes from, how it is grown, and we know and trust the source. Members are exposed to new vegetables and to new ways of cooking.
There are over 120 CSAs in NYC. They are community-based and volunteer-powered, with decisions made by a Core Group of dedicated members.