Buy a CSA Box

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. “CSA” has become synonymous with a weekly or biweekly box full of local, in season fruits and veggies.

A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

  1. You’re supporting local food production. A great way to support your local economy is to put your money right back into it.
  2. You’re eating in season. CSA’s are only able to sell what they’re able to grow so what you get will be the freshest of what’s in season. Therefore you get ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits.
  3. You get to experiment with different types of produce. With a CSA, you’re constantly getting exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking.
  4. It saves money and waste. Buying directly from farmers cuts out the middlemen and transportation costs, helping you save money. It also ensures that less food wasted in transport. 
  5. You are using less greenhouse gases. Buying food locally means food is not shipped around the world using fuel and creating greenhouse gas emissions.
  6. You get to know your farmer. You can develop a relationship with the farmer who grows your food and learn more about how food is grown.

Learn more and sign up for a Minnesota Grown CSA here.

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