Some frequently asked questions include:
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs have become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer and contribute to the sustainability of local agriculture. Here's how it generally works: A farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Interested consumers purchase a share or half-share and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
This is a mutually beneficial business relationship of shared risk and shared reward. The farmer works hard to deliver a beautiful and bountiful amount of produce each week, and hopes that Mother Nature cooperates.
Where can I find more information about local farming?
Northeast Harvest and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources provide extensive information on local farming and sources of fresh agricultural products of Essex County.
Northeast Harvest is a collaborative project of the Essex Agricultural Society and the Essex National Heritage Area, two organizations working together to help sustain the farmers and agricultural producers of Essex County and Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Your gateway to Massgrown farm products, specialty foods,
and fun ag-tivities!