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. One year CSA members might lament a blighted tomato crop but enjoy a bumper crop the next year. Extreme heat can cause lettuces and herbs to bolt, rendering them inedible, yet the same temperatures result in fantastic pepper crops.
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 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. Follows organic practices.
- Belta’s Farm, Westport Follows organic practices. Taking names on wait list.
- Farm Share – Offering home delivery in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk and Stamford)
- Garden of Ideas, Ridgefield (full for 2013)
- 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 email@example.com 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)
- New! Chubby Bunny Farm in Falls Village makes weekly CSA drops in Norwalk, Westport, Stamford, New Canaan and Fairfield.
Sustainable Family Farm CSAs: coming soon
- Clatter Valley Farm, New Milford, also serving Danbury
- Stone Gardens Farm, Shelton uses IPM, serving Shelton, Greenwich, Westport, Norwalk and Fairfield)
- Gazy Brothers Farm, Oxford (serving Fairfield County)
- Hubbard Heights Farm, Stamford
- 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.