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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

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How it Works

The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA for short) concept has been around for 25 years or so, and has become popular among people who want to eat seasonal and local. We started our CSA program in 2012.

The basic idea of a CSA is that a farmer offers shares or memberships to the public. Members then receive a portion of each harvest throughout the farming season – a total of 18 weeks from roughly mid-June to early October. Specific dates will be announced in early June, when we can see how our plants are progressing.

You will receive produce as it is ready in the field. The early weeks feature lots of greens – spinach, lettuce and kale – as well as snow peas, snap peas and garlic scapes. Come mid-summer, you’ll enjoy sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, beans, peppers and lots more. Fall brings winter squash as well as root vegetables like carrots, onions and potatoes.

The CSA arrangement has advantages for both the farmer and the consumer:

Advantages for consumers:

  • Eat freshly picked, high quality vegetables, with more flavor and vitamins due to their freshness.
  • More home cooked meals shared with your family. This, in turn, can mean less money spent on take-out or eating out at restaurants.
  • Have a healthier, more varied diet with exposure to new vegetables. Kids often will try vegetables from “their” farm, even when they haven’t eaten them in the past.
  • Improve your cooking skills.
  • Experience farming and see where your food is being grown. Get to know the farmers who grow your food.
  • Support local farming in your community.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint, as the produce does not have far to travel.

Advantages for farmers:

  • A known demand for the produce, so there is little waste.
  • Ability to employ local labor to work in the fields.
  • Have an opportunity to meet the people who eat the food they grow and in doing so, share their love of farming.

Wickham Farms CSA advantages:

  • We grow produce exclusively for our CSA; we do not sell wholesale or retail. You can be assured that we are giving our CSA members the best of what we harvest each week.
  • We grow all CSA crops at our family farm in Penfield with the exception of sweet corn, which is grown by another area Wickham family member, and some fruit through a partnership with another local farm.
  • We offer three different shares. Our Grab & Go share is a prepackaged share, which we deliver to various locations. We also offer a weekly and biweekly on-farm share, which feature a farmer’s market-style setup at our farm as well as u-pick herbs, flowers and bonus vegetables.
  • We provide lots of information and recipes in order to make the CSA experience fun and easy.
  • We are customer service driven, and do our very best to offer some flexibility so that you can enjoy all of your CSA produce.
  • Excess produce is donated to the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf each week.

Still have questions? Don't hesitate to email us at csa@wickhamfarms.com.

 


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