Crash Course on Farm CSAs from Oregon City Farmers Market
Let’s talk about Community Supported Agriculture!
Let’s dig into farm CSAs! We’re here to share some info and provide details on farms at the market offering CSA shares. First, what is a CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Think of it sort of like a farm club that connects you directly with the farm you are supporting. CSAs allow consumers to invest in a farm by purchasing shares before the season begins, thus helping support the farm financially to ensure the best results.
CSA members pay for a share that is adequate for their family size and receive produce throughout the growing season so that members receive the freshest produce from each season. Some CSAs have options to add on items from their farm and/or partner farms/vendors, such as cheese, eggs, milk, meat, flowers, etc.
Because fresh local food should be accessible to all, many farms offer tiered shares, scholarships, sliding scale pricing, accept SNAP benefits for payment, and sometimes labor in exchange for a share. There are several types of CSAs, however, the two most common are a typical CSA in which members receive a prepacked box of produce and/or other goods selected by the farm. The other common CSA is a market share, in which members get to choose what goes into their box based on availability and other parameters set by the farm.
We’re excited that the following farms with CSAs will be offering pick up at our market!
Sun Love Farm: Certified Naturally Grown
Begins on 5/11/22 – 11/16/22
Add ons available (bread, flowers, eggs, fruit)
Valued at 37.00 per box
Payment options (including SNAP) CSA – Sun Love Farm
Canby Farm and Kitchen: – Heirloom produce grown using regenerative and sustainable methods
Through Dec 25th
2 share sizes (economy @ 35.00/wk or full size @45.00/wk) www.canbyfarmandkitchenllc.grazecart.com
Wild Roots Farm – All grown with organic practices
Begins 6/1/22 through November 9th, 2022
24 weeks of veg, fruit, herbs (with emphasis on Italian and Heirloom varieties)
Each weekly box will have about 12-15 servings
$825/24 weeks Wild Roots Farm, PDX, OR – Home (wildrootsnw.com)
Brown Bottle Farm – Certified Naturally Grown
Farm Share Holder Style
Pre-order pickup beginning in May-October
Pantry items, including krauts, pickles, ferments, hot sauces
Multiple pay and share level options Information — Brown Bottle Farm
The Oregon City Farmers Market is passionate about supporting a local food economy. Joining a CSA is the next step that you can make in supporting our local food economy.