What is a CSA? / Why join?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for consumers to buy local, pesticide free, seasonal food directly from a farmer.

The basics:

A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (their Membership) and in return receive a designated amount of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

The Central Park West CSA offers two convenient Membership options: a Full Share or a Half Share of vegetables. A full share typically feeds 3-4 people and a half share can feed 1-2 people.

In order for the CSA to function and in order to maintain the lowest-possible prices, the Central Park West CSA also requires that all members volunteer to help with distribution / cleanup.

Advantages for the farmers:

  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Provide local, pesticide free vegetables to the community
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow 

Advantages for you, as a member: 

  • Fresh food! Since it’s coming from a local source, it usually lasts longer
  • Buying local means decreasing oil dependency: less fuel consumed for food transportation and minimal packaging since members use reusable bags to pick up vegetables
  • Exposure to new vegetables and their sprouting cycles
  • Exposure to new cooking techniques and cuisines
  • Farm trips – we try to arrange a farm visit at least once a season
  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows your food and learn more about how the food is grown

Ready to join the Central Park West CSA? Begin the process by visiting our Membership page!