What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
The CSA movement started in the US in 1985, founded after the Japanese model from the 1960’s called Teikei “Food with a farmers face on it.” This progressive model allows the community to actively participate in and support local agriculture by buying local, seasonal, food grown naturally without the use of herbicides and pesticides directly from the farm. Families or individuals become members at the beginning of the season and in return receive a box of freshly picked vegetables on a weekly basis.
“There are many benefits to being a CSA customer, but the most important for me is the increased healthy eating. I am not adventurous when it comes to trying new things, and having the share, along with a recipe, has opened the door to new tastes, nutrition, and knowledge. Wonderful.”- Happy CSA customer
The benefits of a CSA are many… Receive the freshest food. Get more veggies in your diet. Support local businesses. Diversify your diet. Partake in a just alternative to industrial agriculture. Enjoy and explore new tastes and flavors. Convince your kids that fresh veggies are delicious and fun. Sun-ripened tomatoes. Sweet corn that makes you smile. Melons that slip off the vine. Sweet and crunchy carrots. Connection to seasonal abundance.
CSA Member Benefits:
- In addition to bountiful weekly boxes of produce, members receive an email newsletter full of news and insights from that week on the farm plus an interesting recipe using vegetables from your box.
- Access to our Foothill Roots Farm member Facebook page. A place to share recipes, ask questions, get creative, post photos…
- Flexible payment options.
- Opportunity to get your hands dirty at one of our CSA member volunteer work days. Enjoy a few hours of helping on the farm and meeting fellow members. Dates to be determined.
- Bulk item purchasing. CSA members will be given the opportunity to purchase certain vegetables in bulk quantities for home preservation as the season and quantities allows. (Ex. tomatoes, basil, and cucumbers)
- Pasture raised eggs! Opportunity to purchase pasture raised eggs during CSA pick-up hours. Eggs available on a first come, first served basis.
When & Where:
Our 24 week Summer CSA season starts, depending on weather, near the end of May or beginning of June. All CSA shares are picked up at the farm. CSA pick-up is every Tuesday from 4-9pm. We are located at 17565 Placer Hills Road, Meadow Vista.
To ensure the highest quality of produce, shares will not be available after pick-up hours. Shares will not be made available for pick-up during Farm Stand hours. We live in an area where pressure from wildlife is an issue. If we were to leave CSA shares out overnight for next day pick-ups, they would be ruined. We simply do not have the time to move CSA shares in and out of our cooler to accommodate tardy pick-ups. If you are unable to pick-up your share, please make arrangements with a friend or neighbor to pick up for you.