Community supported agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from the farmer.
HOW IT WORKS
A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically, the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
CSAs aren’t confined to produce. Some farmers include the option for shareholders to buy shares of eggs, homemade bread, meat, cheese, fruit, flowers or other farm products along with their veggies. Sometimes several farmers will offer their products together, to offer the widest variety to their members.
In most CSAs members (consumers) pay up front for the whole season, and the farmers do their best to provide an abundant box of produce each week. If things are slim, members are not typically reimbursed. The result is a feeling of “we’re in this together.” For some farms, the idea of shared risk is stronger than others so CSA members may be asked to sign a policy form indicating that they agree to accept without complaint whatever the farm can produce because often times extenuating circumstances beyond the farmer’s control, like weather, can affect a crop turnout and that does not only disappoint just one person, but everyone. Please work alongside your local CSA. We are all in this–eating healthy, eating local–together.
CSAs in Lyon County
- Four Seasons Organic Farms
- Address: 1741 330th St., Ghent
- Products: Year-round fresh organic produce, organic laying hens
- Contact: Adam & Jodi Decock
- Phone: 605-380-2908
- Take a look at their Facebook page for more information on excess produce.
- Kicking Mule Farm
- Address: 20273 260th St., Lucan
- Products: Certified naturally grown vegetables, herbs, fruits, and free-range eggs
- Contact: Stephen Suss
- The Weed Patch
- Address: 24191 410th St., Belview
- Product: Grows only heirloom and open pollinated produce while specializing in squash and tomatoes with greens, carrots, peppers, onions, eggplants, melons, beans, swiss chard, turnips, broccoli, zucchini (several varieties), herbs, beets, cabbage, brussel sports, radishes, cucumbers, herbs, and more. Some fruits on vines and trees, such as berries and apples.
- Contact: Michelle Grannes
- Phone: 507-398-3035
- Association Memberships include Land Stewardship Project (LSP), Slow Food USA, National Farm to School Program (FTS), and Sustainable Farming Association of MN (SFA).
All information on CSAs and the location of locally serving CSAs courtesy of Local Harvest.