What is a CSA?

What is a CSA and how exactly does it work?
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
In simplest terms a CSA is a way for a community member to invest their money in fresh, local, home grown, seasonal vegetables and have a direct relationship with the farmer that grows their food. This is done through a subscription by purchasing a share of the season’s harvest.

Community members that are interested can become a Member (purchase a share) of the CSA. Members pre-pay for their share of vegetables grown by the farmer. This benefits the farmer by allowing him or her to purchase seed un-indebted to the banks and to plan for the upcoming season.

The benefits to the subscribers or members is multi-fold:
1. Members are guaranteed access to locally grown produce.
2. Members get some of the best quality & best tasting vegetables they can find.
3. Members are directly supporting a farmer and his family.
4. Members know the person that grew their food
5. Members help to preserve a way of life by keeping local farms in business.

Members need to keep in mind that a Southside Farms CSA share will be full of produce raised by Shawn and Tracey Harding and their family on their farm in Chocowinity and with that there are limitations. Unlike grocery stores with vegetables grown in unknown ways and shipped in from far off places, the produce we grow is dependent on the weather of our region and season of the year. Much like a home garden you plant what will grow in your area for that season. Listed are some of the fruits and vegetables we grow and the months you may see them in your basket.

May Produce:
Strawberries, Tomatoes, spring onions, cabbage, garden peas, broccoli, kale, lettuce, cucumbers

June Produce:
Blueberries, Blackberries, Tomatoes, Yellow squash, zucchini, red potatoes, beets, cucumbers, lettuce, cabbage, spring onions, kale, peppers

July Produce:
Blueberries, Blackberries, Peaches, Tomatoes, Squash, zucchini, eggplant, sweet corn, red potatoes, cucumbers, okra, cantaloupe, watermelons, peppers, green beans, butterbeans

Your taste buds will not be disappointed. We are excited to offer this program and provide fresh veggies to you and your family. We Love feedback from our customers. If you have any questions then please email me. Thanks for helping us “grow” ~ Shawn, Tracey, Billy and Jonah Harding

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