Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a model farmers have used since the 1980's to sell farm food direct to consumers.
CSA members join early in the season, buying into a fresh produce subscription program that allows participants to receive a weekly delivery of seasonal vegetables during the peak harvest months (usually 20 to 22 weeks from May through October).
Payment for the entire growing season is required upfront which provides farms with guaranteed working capital for the growing season to buy seeds, secure labor, and acquire essential farm inputs.
As a consumer, you are buying into the farm and you become a shareholder. This means you share the inherent risks of farming with the farmer including dealing with weather, pests and other unexpected circumstances but it also means you benefit from being the farm's number one priority when it comes to enjoying the bounty of their weekly harvest.
Members enjoy newsletters from the farm, recipes, farm visits and the convenience of picking up shares at their workplace, in their neighborhoods or at farmers markets.