What is a CSA?

This week is National CSA Week! A CSA is an easy way to access fresh, local food.

What is a CSA, you ask? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA usually means a box of produce, although there are sometimes add-ons like meat, eggs, or value-added products that is either delivered to you or that you pick up at a predetermined site and time. Typically, you would sign up for a share that is paid for up front on a seasonal commitment. While CSA’s are most frequently offered in the summer, some farms offer extended seasons or even year-round.

Oftentimes, there are different sizes available (like small, medium, or large, or individual or family) so that you can pick the size that best suits the needs of your household.

A CSA is great because it encourages seasonal eating and also gets you outside of your comfort zone as you might not always be familiar with how to cook and prepare each item.

At the market, Shared Roots Farm, Catskill Cattle Co, and Back Achers Farm all offer CSA’s that can be picked up right on site. If you want to take the ease out of grocery shopping and try something new, consider signing up for a CSA in the coming seasons.

Check out this great resource from Michigan State University Extension for more information: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/principles_and_benefits_of_community_supported_agriculture or stop by the market and talk to one of the vendors listed above to learn more.