CSA – Community Supported Agriculture
“Since our existence is primarily dependent on farming, we cannot entrust this essential activity solely to the farming population, just 2% of Americans. As farming becomes more and more remote from the life of the average person, it becomes less and less able to provide us with clean, healthy, life giving food or a clean, healthy, life-giving environment. A small minority of farmers, laden with debt and overburdened with responsibility, cannot possibly meet the needs of all the people. More and more people are coming to recognize this and they are becoming ready to share agricultural responsibilities with the active farmers.
In basic terms, CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Members or “shareholders” of the farm or garden typically pledge, in advance, to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and the farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.”
Above is an excerpt from Suzanne DeMuth’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): An Annotated Bibliography and Resource Guide, USDA, National Agricultural Library, September 1993.
How our CSA Works:
You buy a share of the farms seasonal harvest. The share is picked up or delivered weekly.
• There are now 4 different CSA options you can purchase. (Details Here) They coincide with the 4 seasons of the year.
• You have a choice to purchase any single season, a combination or all 4.
• Half share payment or deposit is due with completed application and the second payment is due by first pick-up. (You are welcome to contact us to discuss alternative payment arrangements if necessary)
• The weekly share consists of a hand packed box full of fresh farm products.
• Unclaimed Farm pick-up boxes will be available at the farm until the next day. If you forget your box it can be picked up after hours or the next morning. After 24 hours all unclaimed, abandon boxes are donated to Monroe Food Bank or The Spooner House
• Unclaimed Fairfield, Westport, Norwalk, Greenwich and Market boxes will be donated to local food banks. (We don’t keep these)
• Failure to pick-up shares at set times or without prior notification in will result in a forfeit of the week’s share.
Share pick-up options:
o Tuesday Farm Stand Pick-up times: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
o Friday Farm Stand Pick-up times: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Fairfield – Greenfield Hills Congregational Church 1045 Old Academy Rd. 12PM-6PM
Shelton – Pitney Bowes **Must be an employee to participate
Shelton Farmers’ Market – 100 Canal St. from 3PM-6:30PM
Monroe – Really Good Stuff **Must be an employee to participate
Westport – TBD
Norwalk – Temple Shalom 259 Richards Ave. 11:30 AM- 4:30 PM
(members may pick up until 7PM in vestibule)
Stamford – Synchrony – 777 Long Ridge **Must be an employee
The Ashforth Company – 3001 & 707 Summer St.
**Must be an employee to participate
Greenwich – St. Paul Lutheran Church. 290 Delavan Ave. 2PM- 8PM.
New Haven– Cityseed’s Wooster Square Farmers’ Market 9AM-1PM (10AM-1PM winter market).
Shelton Farmers’ Market – 100 Canal St. from 9AM-1PM
Choice of days will be granted on a first come first serve basis and cannot be changed without 24 hours notice.