When the growing season begins in the Skagit Valley, shoppers eagerly await their box of farm-fresh produce, vegetables, fruits, meats, or cheese. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business models are a way for farmers to directly connect with their customers. Preparing fields and seeding crops are just one of many spring time activities for growers. CSA registration opens as well!
What is a Community Supported Agriculture?
Otherwise known as a CSA, community supported agriculture is a business model in which customers pay up front for a “share” of the season’s harvest. When members join or subscribe to a CSA, they provide working capital while also guaranteeing a market for the farmer’s crops. Furthermore, 100% of the share revenue goes directly to the grower or food producer.
Know your Farmer
One of the most meaningful benefits for both the farmer and the customer is getting to know each other. Many farmers offer an annual farm tour or event for their members. Plus, on-farm pick-up allows for customers to see how their food is being grown or raised. Foods could not be fresher because crops are harvested and packed mere hours prior to pick-up.
“Operating our farm stand and CSA is as much about the food, the produce, and the farm as it is about community. I value that my farm is a place to gather and engage about the food that we grow. Both stewarding this piece of land and our connection to our community is what inspires us.”
~ Arielle Luckmann, Waxwing Farm
Where can I find a CSA?
Below is a current list of Community Supported Agriculture models and programs. Find fresh produce, meats, cheeses, preserves, ferments, bread and more in the distinctive CSA programs of the Skagit Valley.
- Dear Table Farm – NEW! Offering 2022 CSA subscriptions with pick-up locations in the Skagit Valley as well as Seattle. In addition to produce and eggs, the boxes also feature breads from Water Tank Bakery.
- Viva Farms – Fresh, organic produce provided by member incubator farms. 50% off for SNAP recipients.
- Padilla Bay Farm – Weekly boxes of seasonal veggies, fruit, and eggs. Employs regenerative and no-till farming methods.