A Community Supported Agriculture or CSA, is a way to connect a small, local farm to it’s local consumers. Typically, the consumers purchase a “share” of the crop each growing season. The money generated in share revenue is used to support the production of that years bounty. For the consumer, this share purchase results in a weekly pickup of farm fresh goodies, typically feeding a family of 4. CSA’s can involve most types of farms, including meats, vegetables, fruits and sometimes dairy as well.
The CSA that we have joined is called Trillium Haven Farm, located in Jenison, Michigan.
Here is an excerpt from their website:
“Trillium Haven Farm is a 50-acre family farm nestled in suburban Jenison, 15 minutes from Grand Rapids, MI. The land we farm is an ancient flood plain of the Grand River, now rich, black “muck”. Founded in 2001, our farm has been focused on growing the best quality, freshest, chemical-free vegetables for our Fulton Farmer’s Market stand and CSA.
Trillium Haven Farm has become the destination for those seeking fresh, local, chemical-free produce. Our customers notice the flavor and freshness with their first taste! In addition to the flavor, the variety is astounding, from Green Zebra tomatoes and Lemon cucumbers to other forgotten vegetables like purple kohlrabi and parsnips. You can find us at the Fulton Street Farmers Market where we focus on salad greens and heirloom vegetables. You can also become more involved by joining our CSA in order to receive a wide variety of produce every week, throughout the summer.”