What is a CSA?
At its heart a Community Supported Agriculture program revolves around a meaningful relationship between a farmer, a set of farm members, and a piece of farmland. Members receive a share box of fresh produce rather than individually selected items. In exchange members agree before the season begins to invest in the farming operation supporting the farmer as well as their production methods. In addition members recognize that natural systems are never fully predictable or controllable, and they are willing to accept some of the risk of farming.
Advantages of Joining a CSA:
Farmers get to spend time marketing the food early in the year before their 16 hour days in the field begin. They also have the unique opportunity to meet the people who eat the food they grow.
Customers get to eat ultra-fresh food with all the flavor and vitamin benefits. Customers also get exposure to new vegetables and new ways of cooking. CSA members develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learns more about how their food is grown. In addition, members also have the opportunity to visit the farm and share in harvest events. Through our Harvest Events members receive additional bountiful harvest items to freeze or can and enjoy throughout the winter months. You will be amazed at the vegetables your children will try when it comes from “their” farm!
Pahl Farms offers a unique addition to our CSA program by partnering with Von Hanson’s Meats. Once a month in June, July, August and September you will receive quality meats in your share box. Through this partnership we are able to provide over 20 additional Von Hanson’s pick up locations throughout the Twin Cities.
That’s not all! We have also partnered with Great Harvest Bread Company locations throughout the Twin Cities to offer additional convenient pick up sites. You will enjoy fresh baked bread in your share box once a month in June, July, August, September and October.
Let’s Dish rounds out our strong partnerships by not only offering additional convenient pick up locations but members can also look forward to receiving a special treat from Let’s Dish once during the CSA season.
There is no additional charge to our share members for these added treats!
Why Join a CSA?
There are so many great reasons to join a CSA. For starters, you will be supporting a local farmer and local business. When you shop at the grocery store you might notice produce from all over the world, but with a CSA you can support a local farmer and your local economy. Fruits and vegetables will be fresher and it is more environmentally friendly to buy local. You will most likely get to try some new exciting foods and you will save money. You also will know exactly where your food is coming from and how it is grown!