What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA is an agricultural model that re-connects people to their local food source. How does it work? Customers become members of Shared Legacy Farms CSA by pre-purchasing a “share” of the season’s harvest (for 19 weeks), thus making a financial commitment to the farm and developing a personal sense of ownership with their food source. In the 2014 season we are offering several membership options — an Organic Vegetable Share (both family-size and half-size), a Fruit Share (one standard size), an Egg Share (full and half), maple syrup, raw honey, and our Food to Share program.
Each week, the Bench family picks produce at the peak of ripeness and carefully packages it into members’ individual boxes for local pick-up. As crops rotate throughout the seasons, weekly shares vary by size and type of produce. But most weeks, you 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. Members also receive a weekly newsletter featuring recipes to try, tips for preparing or storing your produce, and general news about the farm. You’ll also be invited to several special 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).