How Does Harvest Green’s CSA Work?
Harvest Green is known as an agrihood, and residents at Harvest Green have the benefit of living close to a production farm that delivers their family’s favorites, including tomatoes, squash, carrots, kale and more. Like other CSAs, the residents’ purchased share of produce is delivered to their door on a weekly basis.
The community also offers another popular method of community supported agriculture —the Harvest Green Farm Club, a residents-only private gardening and agricultural education club. Residents rent a growing plot within the community, gaining hands-on experience in tandem with the technical expertise of the on-site farm educators. Powered a monthly subscription fee, Farm Club members reap the benefits of growing their own food while supporting the community farm.
What Does a CSA Offer?
Each CSA has different offerings, varying from community to community. Usually, a CSA offers freshly picked, often organic, seasonal produce on a regular schedule to subscribers. The contents of a CSA box are entirely dependent on the season, and some CSAs offer members a chance to help decide what can be grown and sent in the box.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Summer Squash
- Rainbow Chard
- Brussel Sprouts
- Snow Peas & Sugar Snap Peas
- Salad Greens
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Romaine Lettuce
CSA offerings can even offer products like honey and fresh eggs. Due to natural variations in weather and soil conditions, each CSA is unique. If you’re looking for specific types of fruits, vegetables, and other products, reach out to your local CSA for more information.
Community Supported Agriculture also refers to other ways the community can support local farms in addition to the share box. Residents of Harvest Green and locals can also support area farmers by shopping at the farmer’s market, which sets up shop in the community once a week for residents to take advantage of the freshest produce.
How Much does a CSA cost?
Community Supported Agriculture is priced based on the concept of shares.
The consumer commits to support the farm with a monthly subscription or upfront yearly payment before harvest. This amount consumers pay, or the share, determines how much produce the farm delivers.
For example, the Harvest Green CSA offers shares priced from around $18 to $27 per seasonal box of produce. Farmers stay in close communication with consumers to disclose upcoming produce plans and when to expect their favorite vegetables.
Why Purchase Vegetables from a CSA Instead of the Grocery Store?
A 2021 brief by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System says that, “The CSA movement aims to educate consumers that supermarket prices do not reflect the real costs of our industrial agricultural system.” While CSA shares may be a few dollars more than the average grocery bill for the same produce types, CSA costs reflect the true cost of local, sustainable agriculture and deliver a sales model based on transparency and trust.
Many CSA members feel that their local CSA produces fresher, better-tasting produce, and they have a say in suggesting what the farmer should produce as part of the partnership. CSA members develop a relationship of trust with their food producers, which is a value they’re unable to get at the supermarket.
What Are the Benefits of a CSA model?