Support small farms from around the country for the fourth annual CSA Day on February 28, Community members can join other like-minded folks who are committed to:
- preparing healthy foods for their families;
- supporting their local farmer;
- trying new kinds of local food
CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a weekly subscription to a season’s worth of sustainable, locally grown produce and other items that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. CSA members enjoy the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables each week, while supporting their local farmer. Some CSAs offer eggs, meat, and other items as well.
Getting food from a CSA is different from going to a farmers market or using a grocery delivery service. As a CSA member, customers make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer in your area, and the produce is either delivered to their door or they pick it up at a local distribution spot. CSA members take pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown, and typically have an open line of communication with their farmer. Many CSA farms actively teach their members how to use the food they receive each week, and some host family-friendly events at the farm.
According to Small Farm Central’s CSA Farming Annual Report, the most popular time to join a CSA each year is at the end of February. To promote this important time for farmers, CSA Day was created, and each year it falls on the last Friday in February. It’s an entire day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture. CSA farmers benefit from an influx of sign-ups from members, which gives them revenue when they need it most for the growing season.