What Is CSA/Community Supported Agriculture?
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is gaining in popularity as consumers look for more and more ways to support their local communities and businesses.
In the case of local farmers in Phoenix, the CSA program allows them to get organic or naturally grown fruits and vegetables directly to consumers without the added costs of middlemen. As consumers, we can support those local farms by purchasing lots of fresh, organic or natural fruits and vegetables that are healthier for our families than the produce ripened in transport vehicles, canned or frozen, or produced with chemicals and pesticides.
People who are interested in supporting local businesses, especially local farms, can purchase a share from a farm participating in Community Supported Agriculture. A share is usually a box of vegetables, but there may be fruits, eggs, or other locally grown or farmed products included. By purchasing a share, you are assured to get a standard portion of the farm's products through the season. Each farm will let you know generally how much you will receive for your share, how often, and where you can pick it up or have it delivered.
Featured below are some local farms in the Phoenix, Arizona area that offer fresh, organic, or naturally produced vegetables through a CSA program. Keep in mind that every CSA operates a little differently. Some are seasonal, some are year-round, some are small operations, and some distribute to many locations. Some package for you and some allow you to select your vegetables. Some require pick up of the fruits and vegetables and some deliver. Visit the farm website to get the details of that particular CSA program.
The Farm at Agritopia
The Agritopia Project is a master-planned community in Gibert, Arizona. It is comprised of residential lots along with commercial, agricultural, and open space tracts. You'll find it on the Johnston family farm at the Northwest corner of Higley and Ray Roads. A CSA share of The Farm at Agritopia entitles you to a weekly basket with a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers naturally grown on the farm in Agritopia. The food baskets will vary from week to week depending on what is looking best in the fields at that time. All of the produce grown on the farm is grown under the USDA organic protocol.
Crooked Sky Farms
Crooked Sky Farms is located in Phoenix, Arizona and grows and supplies fresh produce for several Farmers' Markets and CSAs throughout Arizona. Produce from the farm is Certified Naturally Grown, meaning that there is no use of synthetic chemical insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizers on the crops.
Farmyard sells organically produced vegetables, herbs, fruits, and fresh eggs grown using organic practices at urban micro-farms located in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Subscriptions are offered in 10-week lots and members receive a weekly basket for those 10 weeks.
Maya's Farm is a small, family enterprise that offers a CSA with multiple pick-up times and locations to make eating local food easy.
Blue Sky Farms
Blue Sky Organic Farms has been growing in Arizona since 1995. The farm is 100 percent certified organic and is a member of Local First Arizona and Arizona Grown.