Guide to 2017 Portland Farmers Market Vendor CSA Programs
With each passing season, opportunities to eat locally and connect with your farmer increase in diversity and convenience. In addition to your weekly neighborhood market, many farmers offer a CSA program (May-October) unique to their specialties and partnerships. With fields nearly ripe for the picking, now is the time to sign-up!
WHAT: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a subscription-based program, which allows individuals or groups to purchase a share of a farm’s harvest at the beginning of the growing season. By making a financial commitment to a farm, share purchasers become “members” of the CSA. In return, they receive a share of the farm’s produce throughout the growing season.
WHY: This direct access benefits both the consumer and the farmer, offering you the highest-quality product while supporting your local farmer and the regional food supply.
PROGRAMS: Review our 2017 CSA Guide to find the program that suits your needs! Points of differentiation include: season length, pricing, frequency, pick-up sites or home delivery, forms of payment, and partnerships with other purveyors, including Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), a statewide program that allows “SNAP recipients to save up to $200 off the cost of a CSA subscription.
Please note this guide only includes Portland Farmers Market farm vendors. For a more complete list of regional CSA offerings, please visit:
HOW: Consider your weekly food needs, preferred frequency and pick-up location. From there, use our guide or the websites listed to review and identify the program that meets your specifications. Participating farms should have a website, with easy navigation to their CSA program details and online payment portal. If you have any questions, concerns, or doubt about share availability, give your farmer a call!
PAYMENT: Most farms will accept cash, debit or credit. To increase program accessibility, many farms will also accept SNAP dollars or Double Up Food Bucks.
Information compiled by Laura Cooper