Example of what a weekly CSA share might look like. Photo credit: Karen Bolduc.

Example of what a weekly CSA share might look like. Photo credit: Karen Bolduc.

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?

A CSA is great way for consumers to buy fresh, local, seasonal food directly from a farmer! CSA farms offer “shares” for sale — usually a box or bag of fresh produce and farm products provided once per week to shareholders during the growing season.  It is advised to contact farms in Winter or early Spring to sign-up for your Summer share.

There are several farms offering CSA shares the Lewiston-Auburn area. Click to visit each farm’s website:

Valley View Farm – AuburnFood Joy & South Auburn Organic Farm – AuburnLittle Ridge Farm – LisbonFresh Start Farms – LisbonNezinscot Farm – TurnerRiver Rise Farm – TurnerWillow Pond Farm – SabattusHarvest Tide Organics – Brunswick

 

 

CSA share example

As explained on Localharvest.org, CSAs create a win-win relationship for farmer and customer:

Advantages for farmers:

  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow.
  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days begin in the field.
  • Have an opportunity to get to know their consumers.

Advantages for consumers:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits.
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking.
  • Usually get to visit the farm.
  • 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.