Community Supported Agriculture in Florida
|March 22, 2011||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Farms, Healthy Eating, Produce|
Community Supported Agriculture, also known as CSA, is a system which partners farmers with consumers. This partnership lessens a farmer’s risk while it increases the amount of fresh produce provided for consumers. Basically consumers pay a membership (or subscription) fee to contribute to the costs of growing the produce, and in return they receive fresh products throughout the term of the membership.
The CSA movement is growing nationally, and Florida is no exception. Our website lists several CSAs from around the state, from Gadsden County down to Miami-Dade County. If you know of a CSA that isn’t listed, please let us know.
Prices vary, and many farms request the full subscription amount up front. However the benefit is knowing where your produce is grown (and sometimes being able to help the farmer grow it if you want), having a fresh basket every week, and spending $15-$25 a week for enough produce for at least two people. What a great deal.
We would love to hear about your experiences with CSAs!