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