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.
In celebration of CSA Day, we’re giving away a FREE half CSA share! Enter our contest here or at the bottom of this page! Read on to learn more about CSAs and find your perfect CSA match! We’ll be celebrating CSA sign up day on February 28th but you can sign up any time you’d like – be sure to share with your friends when you do so they can get inspired too!
What is a CSA?
A CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a subscription to a season’s worth of locally grown produce. Fresh, nutritious produce is provided to CSA members by a local farmer throughout the growing season.
With Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a consumer purchases a share (also known as a membership or a subscription) in the farm’s harvest before the season begins and, in return, receives a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the growing season. Shares are usually picked up at the farm, but many offer additional pick-up locations and/or home delivery. This arrangement helps farmers by increasing cash flow early in the season when seeds and equipment need to be purchased and farm labor needs to be paid.
As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer in your area. 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.
Farm Shares and ASCs (Agriculture Supporting Community) are similar to CSAs in that members receive a weekly box of produce. Farms Shares, however, are typically delivered to low-income neighborhoods, and members are allowed to pay for their shares weekly at pick-up. This makes fresh, local produce more accessible to people who may not be able to pay for the shares up front. SNAP benefits may also be used to pay for the weekly shares.
Buying Clubs are a market-style CSA. Rather than receiving a standard box of vegetables each week, members visit the farm and choose the produce of their choice.
CSA shares usually contain vegetables, but some farmers also offer the following great add-ons that make CSAs even more convenient: fruit, eggs, homemade bread, meat, cheese, flowers or other farm products.
There are many CSA offerings in the Greater Lehigh Valley; find one that has a pick-up or home delivery option near you, then click on the farm name for more details.
CSAs by Pick-Up Location
Additonal Options and Locations
Buying Clubs and Online Ordering
Full CSA List