Minnesotans who want to buy food directly from a farm now have a catalogue to view their choices. The Land Stewardship Project has published a free directory of 66 farms in Minnesota and western Wisconsin that sell shares under the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) system.
The arrangement allows consumers to choose their farmers by buying shares in a farming operation on an annual basis. In return, subscribers receive a weekly supply of fresh produce throughout the growing season, typically June to October.
Farms typically offer fresh veggies, and sometimes fruits, eggs, honey or other products. A growing number of farms also offer shares for other foods such as meat. In addition, some also allow two-family memberships, half-shares, or shipments every other week.
The CSA approach often includes community involvement. Some farms plan seasonal festivals or special events, while others may encourage drop-by visits or volunteer help with farm work.
Details vary about the specific foods provided, share prices, and delivery options or pickup locations for the weekly shipments. Subscriptions for some farms are sold out by early spring, so consumers may need to reserve their shares early.
Paper copies of the directory are available at Land Stewardship Project’s three offices, or by calling 612 722-6377. For the online version, go to: www.landstewardshipproject.org