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

What is a CSA?

CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture. 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.

 

CSAs create a win-win relationship for farmer and customer:

 

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.

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 long days begin in the field.
  • Have an opportunity to get to know their consumers.

Farms offering CSA shares the Lewiston-Auburn area –

 

NOTE: It is advised to contact farms in Winter or early Spring to sign-up for your Summer CSA share.

 

Auburn
  • Food Joy – Offers a CSA/meal-kit hybrid, based on weekly recipes (like a Maine-based Blue Apron or Hello Fresh).
  • Valley View Farm – Offers a credit-based system for farmers’ markets and their store, 4 Season Farm Market, in New Auburn.
Lewiston
  • New Roots Cooperative Farm – First New American Cooperative farm in Maine. Offers multiple pick-up locations as well as workplace delivery to locations the L/A area.
Lisbon
  • Little Ridge Farm – Offers Holiday and Winter shares in addition to the Summer share. MOFGA Certified Organic.
  • Fresh Start Farms – Offers CSA pick-up in Lewiston as well as other locations around Southern Maine.
Turner
  • Nezinscot Farm – Offers a credit-based system for their farm store in Turner including farm raised beef, pork, chicken, dairy, eggs, vegetables and select fruits.
  • River Rise Farm – MOFGA Certified Organic.
Sabattus
Brunswick
  • Harvest Tide Organics – Offers workplace delivery to locations the L/A area. MOFGA Certified Organic.

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