What are CSA Farm Shares?
What is CSA?
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm Shares have 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 (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. Through this arrangement, small farmers are able to directly market their produce to the community and the community, in turn, is able to directly support its local farmers.
Advantages for farmers
Having CSA members sign up early in the season allows the farmer to plan production to precisely meet customer needs. Receiving payments early on in the season, allows for the cash flow needed to fund the majority of expenses, such as seeds, which occur early in the season. Having CSA members creates many opportunities for the farmer 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. 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.
How do the CSA farm shares work?
Members purchase a farm share from the GVSU SAP before one of the 10 week sessions ranging from the end of April into November.
Each week, you receive a share of our bountiful harvest, typically 5-15 pounds of 5-10 kinds of vegetables, typically enough to feed 2-3 people.
Produce will be distributed on Wednesdays, from 10:00am - 1:30pm at the GVSU Farmers Market from June to October. In the event of a market cancellation, pickup will be at the SAP Luce Street Farm. Shares before and after market season (May and November) can be picked up at our campus Farm Stand.
CSA shares can also be picked up on Friday afternoon at the Luce Street Farm.
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Shareholders can expect to receive a mix of the following: Spinach, lettuce, beets, scallions, turnips, kale, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, zucchini, cucumbers, and a variety of others.