WHAT IS A CSA?
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 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. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, and fruit is also included. Interested consumers purchase a share and in return receive a box of seasonal produce & fruit each week throughout the farming season.
What if, instead of getting a news magazine every week, you got a big box of produce from a local farmer, a box of vegetables picked that very morning, bursting with flavor and nutrition? That's what you get when you subscribe to our CSA.
While new in name, Community Supported Agriculture hearkens back to an earlier time - a time when people actually knew where their food came from, ate in harmony with the seasons, and enjoyed a delicious, healthy diet of pure, fresh foods.
"In season" is what our CSA is all about. Surely, you can buy tomatoes in January - but who wants to eat cardboard tomatoes? That tomato was picked green 1500 miles away and weeks ago, then blasted with ethylene gas to make it turn red just before it landed in the produce section of your grocery store. What we have gained in convenience, we have lost in flavor, freshness, nutritional value, and human connection to each other and to the land.
When you subscribe to our CSA, however, you remake all those connections.
Of course, you won’t get tomatoes in May. In May, your box will be full of spring onions, luscious lettuce, radishes, spinach, and other spring delights. When summer comes, you will experience an explosion of true tomato flavor with your first bite of a juicy, just-picked, sun-ripened tomato - proving once again that some things are worth waiting for!
CSA members don't so much "buy" food from our farm as become "members" of our farm. Big White Barn’s CSA provides more than just food, we offer ways for eaters to become involved in the ecological and human community that supports the farm. Join Big White Barn’s CSA today!