Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It's Not too Late to Sign up for a CSA Share!

It is one of the most anticipated times of the year for Connecticut food-lovers, spring.  Connecticut Grown produce is becoming available at local farmers markets, health food stores and farm stands.  Another option for Connecticut’s locavores is buying a share at a farm that has Community Supported Agriculture or a CSA.  Many CSAs in our state are looking for new members!

Below is a list of CT farms that are still have shares available for the 2012 season.  For a longer CSA list please visit our website, and if you don't see your CSA listed on the website and want us to add it, please let us know.

Fairfield County
The Hickories
Simpaug Farms, Ridgefield
The Hickories, Ridgefield

Hartford County
Beckett Farms, Glastonbury
Bristol's Farm, Canton
Deercrest Farm, Glastonbury
George Hall Farm, Simsbury
HighlandArt Farm, Marlborough
Holcomb Farm, West Granby
Oxen Hill Farm, Suffield
Renaissance Farm, Burlington
Tulmeadow Farm, West Simsbury
George Hall Farm
Urban Oaks Organic Farm, New Britain

Litchfield  County
Adamah Farm, Falls Village
Beaver Meadow, Litchfield
Clatter Valley Farm, New Milford
Local Farm, Cornwall Bridge
Maple View Farm, Harwinton
Sun One Organic Farm, Bethlehem
Wright Farm, Goshen
Waldingfield Farm, Washington

Middlesex County
Barberry Hill Farm
Starlight Gardens, Durham

New Haven County
Barberry Hill Farm, Madison
Bodhichitta Farms, Prospect
Eve’s Corner Garden CSA, Bethany
Farmer Joe’s Gardens, Wallingford
Gazy Brother’s Farm, Oxford
Hindinger Farm, Hamden
Massaro Farm, Woodbridge
Turtle Ridge Cooperative, New Haven Area
Robert Treat Farm, Milford

Studio Farm
New London County
FRESH New London, New London
Huntsbrook Farm, Quaker Hill
Philomel Gardens, Preston
Studio Farm, North Stonington
Scott’s Yankee Farmer, East Lyme
Provider Farm, Salem 

Tolland County
Down to Earth CSA, Stafford

Windham County
Devon Point Farm, Woodstock
Wayne’s Organic Garden, Oneco

A CSA is a program that allows consumers to directly support local farmers.  You can become a shareholder or subscriber by paying a membership fee upfront at the start of the growing season. This fee covers production costs and in return, a member receives a regular supply of local, Connecticut food.  The cost and size of the share is pre-determined by the farmer, generally by produce value or weight.  You can find a share that is the right size for you and your family, and if the share seems too large, split it with a friend or neighbor!  Some CSAs offer working shares that charge a discounted membership fee in exchange for volunteer work on the farm.  No matter how you look at it, CSAs are good for your wallet, the environment, and your health!

The CSAs, Community Farms and Specialty Crops Program of Connecticut NOFA is funded by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA and administered by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.  

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