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Hi,
I'm curious about CSA options here in Missoula.  The time is coming to book a share and I'm wondering which farms offer these opportunities.  I think Garden City harvest has one, but what about others.  What about in the Bitterroot? 

It is my understanding that a full share typically feeds a family of four.  I'm curious if anyone knows of a matching service where one couple could match with another so that a share for a family of four would actually be eaten?

Thanks,
Greg
 
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I'm sorry. I'm not sure what CSA stands for. Is this in reference to a community garden where you rent a plot?
 
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My bad.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  Basically, you pay a farmer at the start of the season for a "share" in their harvest.  The shares typically feed a family of four for a week with whatever's in season.  You can buy 1/2 shares too, I think.  In Missoula, these opportunities seem to get snapped up pretty quickly.  So i was wondering if anyone knew of new farmers or new CSA options. 
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This is a cool idea. Have you found any information yet?
 
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Only from Garden City Harvest, which offers a CSA from each of its farms.  But no, no other options.  I'm sure there's farms out there that offer these, but I don't know which ones.

Here's the Garden City Harvest info:
http://www.gardencityharvest.org/quick_links/csa.html
 
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There are a number of CSA's around Missoula, many don't publicize, but I have started to see listings popping up on craigslist - this one from today:
Smart Starts Farm and Landscape has begun selling Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares in our new farm! If you buy a full share, you will receive a weekly box of local, organic veggies delivered to your door. Full shares ($350) last from June to October and are delivered every week. Half shares ($200) run from June to October too, but they are delivered every other week. A limited number of shares is available, so email smartstartsfl(at)gmail(dot)com, or call (406) 493-9453 soon to reserve your place. Shares sold on a first come first serve basis.

There is also one through the Western Montana Grower's Cooperative.
 
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Thanks.  I'll check it out. 
 
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There is also a CSA through the Western Montana Grower's Cooperative
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You can search for a CSA in your area by clicking the link below which will take you to a search page at localharvest.org, simply enter your zip & get a list. I believe you can also subscribe to get local events postings. Enjoy....Luv D

   http://www.localharvest.org/store/local-csa.jsp?r=kmp



Info. below from http://LocalHarvest.org

ABOUT 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, but other farm products may be included. 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.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief...

Advantages for farmers:

    * Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
    * Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow
    * Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

    * Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
    * Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
    * Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
    * Find that 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
 
                    
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Has anyone subscribed to get food from the local CSAs?

We would love to hear about it.
 
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