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?
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. Greg
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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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
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