Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares are an easy way to buy vegetables directly from a local farm and cook more at home to build healthy habits. Baptist Health is connecting interested employee with CSA farms in the area so they can conveniently pick up a weekly vegetable share this growing season. To learn more about CSA shares (also called farm shares), the benefits, sizes, and pricing, read below.
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
CSA is a local produce subscription program where members receive weekly deliveries of seasonal vegetables for 20-22 weeks during the main growing season.
CSA is focused on community where members buy a share from the farm upfront ahead of the season and share in the risk and reward of the season.
CSA provides members with fresh, KY Proud, and certified organic vegetables. The items in a share are harvested at peak ripeness and will often store longer and have more flavor.
What are the Benefits of CSA?
Easy access to healthy food and the opportunity to try new foods.
Convenience--pick up your share at work or on the way home.
Know your farmer that grows your food. Receive regular newsletters, updates, and recipes.
Enjoy health benefits of increasing vegetable consumption and eating out less frequently.
Keep more food dollars local.
CSA Share Size, Pricing & Customization
Share Size & Pricing:
Small/Mini Share comes with 5-9 items per delivery. Good for individuals and couples who enjoy cooking with vegetable a few times a week. Ideal for 1st time CSA members.
Regular/Full Share comes with 7-12 items per delivery. Good for families of 2-4 who enjoy cooking with vegetables several times a week.
Abundant/Robust/Jumbo Share comes with 11-14 items per delivery. Some items will be double, like 2 heads of lettuce instead of one. Good for large families who cook lots of veggies throughout the week.
Partner farm payment plans:
Barr Farms, Lazy Eight Stock Farm, and Sustainable Harvest Farm offer payment plans where members can choose to pay in full or pay 25% at signup, 25% at first delivery, and have the remaining 50% deducted from a card on file on a weekly basis with each delivery.
Elmwood Stock Farm allows each member to pay in full at signup or pay in installments where members pay $100 at signup to secure their share and than can make payments until share is paid in full before start of the season in mid-May.
Rootbound Farm offers opportunity to pay in full or choose a payment plan where members pay 25% at signup, 25% by June 1st, 25% by July 1st, and 25% by August 1st.
Customizing your share:
Each partner farm offers members the opportunity to customize their weekly share during the season. Members log on to their online account and can swap out vegetable items and swap in other vegetable items, add-on extras, and pause their weekly share delivery and use credit in future weeks.
Eating with the Seasons
CSA members can look forward to a wide range of vegetables and some fruit each week in their share. Here is a sample of weekly regular/full shares in spring, summer, and fall. Small shares generally provide 60% of the vegetables shown. Share sizes will vary in number of items and quantity of each item.
Picking up a CSA Share
Choose from list of pick-up options on the farms' website and prioritize a convenient location and day of the week. View map of all partner farms pick-up locations here.
How to Sign-Up
Review CSA offerings in your area: Explore the farms and visit their websites below to learn more about their 2021 CSA offerings.
View PPT slides from Baptist CSA lunch and learn here.
Sign-up for a CSA share: Purchase a share that works for you and your household and decide on a payment plan. All farms offer options to pay in full or installments.
Questions about how to participate in CSA? Contact Kentucky Farm Share Coalition CSA program coordinator, Katie Harvey at email@example.com or 859-428-7944.
Each partner farm offers a a weekly produce share that is USDA certified organic, 100% grown on-farm, and customizable for 21-22 weeks from May to October. Learn more about each partner farms and what areas they serve across Kentucky.
CSA serves: Louisville, Elizabethtown, Brandenburg, Fort Knox/Radcliff, and Rhodelia, KY and New Albany, IN.
We're a seventh generation family farm in Rhodelia, KY. We raise certified organic produce, 100% grass-fed beef, pastured chicken and pork on our 260 acre farm.
We believe in healthy food, healthy people and healthy community. That's why we've chosen to farm and feed our local neighbors, including you! Everything we grow is raised with love and care to ensure the best quality and nutrition for our customers and to take care of the soil for the next seven generations.
CSA serves: Lexington, Louisville, Georgetown, Frankfort, Versailles, and Northern KY.
Elmwood Stock Farm is a sixth-generation family farm situated on 550 acres just outside Georgetown, Kentucky. USDA certified organic since 2000, Elmwood Stock Farm produces wholesome vegetables, fruits, pantry items, pasture-raised eggs, poultry and pork, and grass-fed, grass-finished beef and lamb.
Mac and Ann Stone, Ann’s brother, John Bell, and a great support team produce healthy and delicious weekly CSA Farm Shares. CSA shareholders benefit from Elmwood Stock Farm’s many years of growing for CSA, from a well-planned weekly share to the opportunity to swap and add items and the ability to skip a week for vacation from your secure online account. Have your vegetable, meat or egg share delivered to your home, or choose to pick up from more than a dozen community locations.
CSA serves: Berea, Danville, Richmond, Lexington, KY
Lazy Eight Stock Farm is a small family farm located in Madison and Garrard County along the banks of the Paint Lick Creek.
We pour our hearts and souls into raising USDA Certified Organic vegetables for our CSA Members, the lifeblood of our farm. We offer a
21-week customizable CSA and host several on farm events each season for our members to come and share the seasonal bounty.
CSA serves: Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, Crestwood, KY
Rootbound farm is a family-run certified organic farm in Oldham County, Kentucky. Our Farm Share (CSA) program is the lifeblood of our farm. Our passion is filling our members’ family table with the full bounty of beautiful and delicious local veggies that positively impact their health and the environment.
We believe being in a Farm Share (CSA) should be fun - and we prioritize communication, quality, and diversity. We provide weekly newsletters and use social media to provide our members with new recipes and storage tips so they can get the best out of every share.
CSA serves: Lexington, Richmond, Berea, Corbin, Somerset, London, KY
Ford and Amanda Waterstrat own and operate a first-generation family farm that produces a wide variety of USDA certified organic, high quality produce grown in an environmentally sensitive manner. They offer individuals, families and businesses highly customizable, nutritious and delicious farm shares that are easy to pick up and are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Ford and Amanda have a passion to help people eat better, reduce food waste and improve their overall health and well-being.
Sustainable Harvest Farm strives to provide their customers with peace of mind knowing their produce is grown locally in a manner that enhances our ecosystem yet ensures food safety.