Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a system designed to benefit both farmers and consumers. CSAs allow you to purchase you produce for the season (vegetables, fruit, flowers, etc.) in advance, so that you know you’ll receive produce from June to October. Each week you pick up a basket that’s been freshly harvested for you and is full of the best the season has to offer.
And CSAs help farmers, because they know how many CSA members they have, which means they can plan in advance how much to plant, and when to plant and harvest. It also allows , because if there’s a hailstorm that wipes out a planting of lettuce, you might miss a week of lettuce or receive a little less in your share that week, BUT the farm is able to keep going and doesn’t lose all the profits from not being able to sell their lettuce at market.