What is a CSA?
The concept of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) originated in Japan in the 1960s. The Japanese word “teikei” translates to “partnership,” or literally, “food with the farmer’s face on it.” In a world filled with large corporations that manufacture processed foods, CSA represents an opportunity to reconnect people to the land, their food, and the stories behind them. Our CSA program provides our friends and neighbors with access to high-quality, organic vegetables and sustainably grown fruits. Community supported agriculture provides the farmers with a dependable income and a guaranteed market for our product, and in so doing reduces our financial risk.
The long-term viability of the kind of farming we practice is created through CSA memberships. Members pay a fee at the beginning of the season when the farm needs it most. Between June and November (19 weeks), members receive a “share” of our farm’s harvest in the form of a weekly box of fresh produce. The boxes are picked up by our customers from host sites around the Toledo area.
As crops rotate throughout the seasons, weekly shares vary by size and type of produce. On most weeks, members can expect to receive 7-10 different varieties of produce in the half size share — about a grocery bag full, or enough to feed two people, valued at about $20 per week. Members also receive a weekly newsletter featuring recipes to try, tips for preparing or storing produce, and general news about the farm. Members can also attend our many popular farm events throughout the season. These farm events have become an integral, valued part of the program for many of our customers.
Members have the option of gathering their share at on six locations: the Perrysburg Farmer’s Market, Jewish Family Services (Sylvania), Port Clinton, Owens-Illinois (O-I) in Levis Commons, Toledo Farmer’s Market, or Shared Legacy Farms (Elmore).