Advantages for consumers:
Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
Get to visit the farm weekly
Kids typically favor food from "their" farm – even veggies
they've never been known to eat
Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn
more about how food is grown
It's a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands
of families have joined CSAs, and in some areas of the country there is more
demand than there are CSA farms to fill it. Our very existence is primarily
dependent on farming, yet we entrust this essential activity solely
to the farming population - just 2% of Americans. As large scale farming becomes
more and more regulated and pressured to increase production, it becomes less
and less able to provide us with clean, healthy, life-giving food or a clean, healthy,
life-giving environment. More and more people are coming to recognize this and
they are becoming ready to share agricultural responsibilities with the active
farmers through CSA programs.
Where did Communtiy Supported Agriculture come from?
The CSA concept originated in the 1960s in Switzerland and Japan, where
consumers interested in safe food and farmers seeking stable markets for
their crops joined together in economic partnerships. In basic terms, CSA
consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation
providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
In return, they receive shares in the farm's bounty throughout the growing season.
Although CSAs take many forms, all have at their center a shared commitment to
building a more local and equitable agricultural system, one that allows growers
to focus on land stewardship and still maintain productive and profitable small
MisFit Farm CSA
MisFit Farm is a proud member of the Snoqualmie Valley COOP, which feeds families
and corporate clients throughout the Pacific Northwest with fresh produce, eggs,
and protein from our member farms. For more information and membership
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
In 2013, MisFit Farm dedicated over 1 acre of land to building our
first CSA garden. Two green houses were built and additional land was set aside for raised garden beds and the installation of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries was completed. The MisFit Farm Orchard was expanded to include additional apple varieties, pear and peach trees. Our production goal is to produce 900 pounds of produce for our CSA in its first year with future growth to exceed 1500 pounds by 2016. For over 25 years Community Supported Agriculture has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.