CSA

Community Supported Agriculture

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: 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 (aka a “membership” or a “subscription and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.

Advantages for Farmers
  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 12 hour days in the field begin.
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow.
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow.
Advantages for Consumers
  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits.
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking.
  • Get to visit the farm at least once a season.
  • Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat.
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown.
CSA Season

Our CSA season runs from mid-June until mid-October, depending on the weather. Shares can be picked up at one the farmers’ markets in which we work (specific days and times yet to be finalized). Other pick-up spots can be an option depending on day, time and location.

Cost

The cost of a full share is $575.00. A half share is $325.00. Early Bird Special! Sign before 3/1/18 to receive a $25 discount on either a full or half share!

What's in a box?

A typical CSA share box contains between 7 and 10 different certified organic vegetables. A full share is typically suitable for a family of four, and a half-share is good for a family of two.

If it is a bad year or there is a weather related disaster, there will be less produce in the boxes. This is an important point to remember when purchasing any CSA share – there are risks associated with farming. As a CSA member, you share those risks. Fortunately for eQuality Farms, we’ve been able to deliver produce as planned each year.

CSA Newsletter

The inner workings of the farm are updated weekly in our newsletter that you will find in your email inbox so you can plan your menus for the week. Through the newsletter you can follow the progress of the season, learn a little about the process of growing vegetables, learn more about the people who work at the farm and share their observations/findings throughout the growing season.

“Every week during the growing season I look forward to my fresh box of vegetables from eQuality.  It’s really fun (and sustainable) to create a weekly menu based on the vegetables that are in season.  I love finding new recipes and sharing these fresh and healthy options with my family and friends.  I am also proud to say that participating in a CSA is both nutritionally and financially beneficial.  I recently did some pricing at a local grocery store and I found that the CSA box (averaging $16.50 per week for a half share and an 18 week season) is a MUCH more affordable option than purchasing a similar selection of vegetables at the store.  The contents of a typical mid-season box would cost around $25.50 for regular produce, and $55.80 for organic produce!  With all the health benefits of eating fresh vegetables, the cost-savings of investing in a CSA, the convenience of delivery, and the environmentally friendly benefits of buying local and organic – why wouldn’t you participate?”

Emily Miller

Community Life Coordinator, Hammer Residence Inc.

Get your CSA Share!

Advantages for farmers

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 12 hour days in the field begin.
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow.
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow.