By Analiese Paik
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are partnerships between an individual farm and a community of supporters, providing a direct link between the production and consumption of food. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower. For example, CSA members might have lamented the dismal tomato crop two years ago, but last year they were rewarded with an abundant diversity of excellent tomatoes as the state celebrated one of the best crops in recent memory.
Each CSA farm offers shares to the public for a fixed fee before the season begins. CSA members register and pay, then pick up their weekly, biweekly or monthly shares at a pre-determined location on a set date and time, or in some instances home delivery is provided. Some CSAs have a volunteer obligation where each registered family is required to either set up or break down one week’s pick up. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your CSA community members and swap recipes and other cooking ideas.
Spring/Summer 2013 Organic CSAs
- Sport Hill Farm, Easton – New pick up locations in Westport and Bridgeport! Deadline for registration is 3/31/13. Farm stand open for add ons. Follows organic practices.
- The Hickories Farm, Ridgefield – Pick up at the farm only. Register online. Farm stand open for add ons. Certified Organic.
- Simpaug Farms, serving Ridgefield, Redding and Suffield – Pick up locations and home delivery in Ridgefield only. Certified Organic.
- Farm Share – Offering home delivery in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk and Stamford)
- Garden of Ideas, Ridgefield (wait list for 2013 is open to new subscribers)
- Farah’s Farm CSA – Flexible CSA options available: labor CSA, learn on the farm programs, children’s CSA, CSA for winter preservation. Email farmer Farah Masani at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on a the wait list and find a program suitable for you. Follows organic practices.
- Stoneledge Farm CSA – Pick up locations in Stamford, Wilton and Southport/Fairfield. Add ons include fruit, coffee and mushroom shares plus online marketplace ordering.
- Warrup’s Farm, Redding – no CSA offered this season.
- Vermont Organic CSA delivered to your door by Graze (serving Connecticut)
Sustainable Family Farm CSAs: coming soon
- Hubbard Heights Farm, Stamford
- Stone Gardens Farm, Shelton (serving Shelton, Greenwich, Westport, Norwalk and Fairfield)
- Gazy Brothers Farm, Oxford (serving Fairfield County)
- Clatter Valley Farm, New Milford
- Dragongoose Farm, Redding
- Closed for the Season Barcelona Farmigo CSA – order online weekly from multiple farms and pick up at the Fairfield restaurant each Tuesday. Participating farms and producers include Sport Hill Farm (organic), Cote’s Naturals (organic), Wave Hill Breads, and DOC’s maple syrup (USDA Certified Organic).
Laurel Ridge Farm: 100% grass fed beef CSA. Open!
Saugatuck Craft Butchery: Whole animal CSAs (fully broken down). Due to the ever-changing nature of their offerings, we recommend you inquire directly by phone at 203.226.6328.
Four Mile River Farm – coming soon.