What is Community Supported Agriculture?
Have you heard of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? Our family is participating in a CSA with a local farm this summer, and we are so excited! CSA is essentially subscribing to receive fresh produce or other goods from a local farm, which benefits both parties. The farms and farmers are supported financially and can expand their customer base, and the family benefits by receiving fresh and often organic veggies, fruits, herbs, or other products. We are also utilizing a compost option where we can turn in our food scraps and other approved waste items back to the farm. I love that we can reduce waste and also contribute to a farm in another way! Your kids will love to open the box each month too!
How to Sign up
Typically, sign-ups are at the beginning of a season; some farms deliver, while others have designated pick-up locations. The cost and method of payment vary depending on the farm. Also, some farms choose the box items for you, while others allow you to choose what types of products you want to buy. There are several CSA’s to choose from in the central Ohio area, so everyone can find one that best suits their needs. A few CSA’s are highlighted below, as well as a link to another website that lists several other farms and CSA’s throughout Ohio.
1. YellowBird Foodshed
This CSA utilizes several local farms in Ohio as opposed to just one. There are a few options for box sizes as well.
Website: Yellowbird Foodshed
2. Freshtown Farm
A small, local farm based in North Linden and the South Side. This is the one my family is signed up for this season, with the compost option. They have multiple pick-up locations throughout the area.
Website: Freshtown Farm
3. Seminary Hill Farm
A CSA program located at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, in Delaware. They also have multiple locations and classes and other events at their farm.
Website: Seminary Hill Farm
4. New Century CSA
Family farm located near Columbus; this farm delivers and offers choices in produce and box sizes.
Website: New Century CSA