WHY JOIN A CSA?
Being a member of a CSA has many benefits:
SUPPORT THE LOCAL ECONOMY
A CSA is a great way to spend your food dollars wisely. You are directly supporting local agriculture and putting your money right back into your own community. Your investment in our farm takes money away from the large industrial agriculture corporations and creates jobs right here in New England.
IT'S HEALTHIER FOR YOU
Most of the produce that we eat has travelled 1,500 miles before reaching our plate! Fruits and vegetables start to lose nutrients in the first day after it was picked. Grocery stores sell produce that has been bred to have a long shelf life, not bred for flavor or nutrient density. Every week, you will enjoy freshly picked produce that tastes better and is more nutritious for you! Having a fridge stocked with fresh vegetables will encourage you to eat healthier and be more adventurous instead of picking up the same old thing at the super market.
IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY
Signing up at the beginning of the season commits you to spend the same amount on fresh produce for the season. Committing to a CSA means you're less likely to spend money on takeout or restaurants and more time cooking healthy meals for your family. Being a member also is a great value- we are able to share the abundance when our crops are at their peak so you will get more than you've paid for. Receiving produce that is fresher also means it will last longer so you will waste less. Many of our members report our salad greens lasting over 2 weeks in their fridge!
GAIN A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
You will have a direct connection to the farmers who grow your food. Supporting our farm means you're also supporting our efforts to help fight hunger. We donate produce to several local organizations and are committed to help end food insecurity. Our farm accepts SNAP/EBT as a form of payment for our CSA to make our food accessible to more members of our community.
PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT
Buying from a small chemical free farm reduces CO2 emissions in several ways- your food does not need to be stored in refrigeration for long periods of time, will not be transported long distances using fossil fuels, and is all harvested and washed by hand without the use of large machinery. Our farm reduces likelihood of contamination of groundwater and our oceans because we don't use chemical fertilizers or pesticides. It protects open space from development and preserves the natural ecosystem. We maintain natural areas to encourage birds, pollinators, and wildlife to be a part of our farm. We use cover crops and avoid bare soil to sequester carbon and reduce erosion.