Summer in Wisconsin doesn’t last long, and soon, farmers markets will close, the leaves will be changing and snow will cover the ground. But the end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of delicious farm-fresh food.
There’s a growing interest from farmers and community members to maintain community stability while also earning some income for their farmers, enter the concept of a CSA or Community Supported Agriculture.
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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a farm and a community of supporters. Prior to the start of the growing season, members of the farm purchase a share, committing to the farm for the season and helping to cover initial annual costs of the farm’s operation. In return, members receive boxes of the farm’s produce or products throughout the growing season. As an added bonus, members also gain the satisfaction of reconnecting to the land and being more knowledgeable of local food production.
The typical CSA season in Wisconsin begins in late May and ends in mid-October. CSA farmers offer a diverse number of share options, including extended season shares, multiple share types and sizes, and special funds and payment plans to accommodate households on a tight budget.
Pick-up sites are often located at a member’s house, local businesses, or at the farm. Most CSA boxes are accompanied by newsletters detailing farm activities, descriptions of what is in the delivery, cooking tips and recipes. Many farms also create opportunities for their members to visit the farm and participate in farm events.
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