When you buy a share of a CSA, you receive boxes of fresh produce or other farm goods, weekly, biweekly or monthly. The farm receives your financial support early in the season, when it’s most needed. CSA shares come in different sizes and frequency. Some farms offer delivery, while others have a designated pick-up place, such as the farmers’ market.
Local CSAs for the 2020 season include:
Lookout Farm: Owned and operated by Simon Neely and Brianna Sweete in Bellevue, Lookout Farm offers full shares (26 weeks) and half shares (13 weeks on alternating weeks) starting the first week of June through to Thanksgiving. In addition to boxes of fresh produce, CSA members receive a 20 percent discount at Lookout Farm's farmers market stands and an invitation to a members-only field dinner at the farm. To reserve your 2020 share, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Squash Blossom Farm: Owned and operated by Sara Berman and Ed Zinader in Bellevue, Squash Blossom's CSA runs for 18 weeks from mid-June through October as weather permits. Their Standard Share is designed to feed 1-4 people, while the Single Share feeds 1-2 people. Produce is picked and sorted fresh on the farm the day of or the day before delivery. Shares can be picked up at one of three different locations throughout the week or delivered to your door for a one-time $100 fee. To sign up, click HERE.
The Country Gardens: Owned and operated by Krista Huettig and Bonnie Peters in Jerome, The Country Gardens CSA runs for 18 weeks from the first week of June to September 30. Sign up and pay through Kraay's Market & Garden for weekly home delivery every Wednesday throughout the Wood River Valley. Each share includes 8 to 12 items depending on the season, along with recipes.
Photo credit: The Country Gardens