What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, refers to a partnership between a farmer and a community of supporters. At the beginning of the year, supporters purchase a "share" of the farm's production. The farmer uses this money to cover the cost of seeds, fertilizer, equipment maintenance, and labor, and produces a healthy supply of fresh produce throughout the season (usually May through October in Wisconsin).
When CSA members make this commitment, they are supporting the farm through the season and are sharing the costs, risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer. This mutually supportive relationship between local farmers and community members helps to create economically stable farm operations in which members are assured the highest quality produce. In return, farmers are assured a reliable market for a variety of crops.
The preceding definition was taken from What is Community Supported Agriculture? By Bill Wright, of the Emerging Agricultural Markets Team, UW Cooperative Extension. A PDF version of this paper is available through the UW extension website, available by clicking here.
Solheim, WI Market Garden Agreement
When you purchase a CSA from Solheim, WI you will receive a bag of produce once a week during the growing season. The type of produce will depend on which vegetable, fruit or herb is at it's peak. We will also supply you with an e-newsletter letting you know what you can look forward to in your bag, some information about the farm, the vegetables, hints on how to care for them and some recipes for tasty preparation.
2019 CSA Purchasing Options
Our CSA share costs $400 per season, and provides a bag full of the freshest, seasonal produce available on a weekly basis for 20 weeks. The full share is enough produce to help feed 2-3 people weekly. This payment can be made in one single payment at the time of purchase. We are also willing to work with customers to create a seasonal payment plan, please contact us for more information.
For 2019 we are offering an Early Sign Up Bonus. For every customer who signs up for the 2019 CSA share and makes a payment before January 31, 2019, we will be awarding $20 in market bucks for customers to spend at our garden market stand at The Coffee Grounds.
If you have found your way to purchasing this CSA share by the referral of a friend, please let us know who told you about us. We would love the reward our customers for their loyalty to our products.
CSA pick up will be on Saturday mornings, or Thursday evenings at The Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, WI.