Frequently Asked Questions
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
“CSA” means Community Supported Agriculture. CSA lets consumers support family farms directly, provides access to fresh, high quality food in season, encourages sustainable agricultural practices, and helps build a sense of community and land stewardship among everybody involved. In CSA, “shareholders” buy “shares” of the production from the farm in advance of the season. This early infusion of cash allows the farmer to finance the year’s production without a loan, and assures that all the production from the farm is sold before the seeds are ever planted. This risk sharing between the shareholders and the farmer is a huge benefit to the farmer, and allows her to concentrate on producing lots of tasty, healthy, and safe food for her shareholders.
If you decide to join Abbe Hills Farm CSA and have never eaten from the garden before, this will be a new experience for you. You will enjoy the pleasures and risks of eating seasonally and locally. You will be getting the freshest and most nutritious food possible, harvested at the peak of its maturity. It may taste differently than you expect, probably better. Sometimes there is so much of something that you actually get tired of it (“Mom, do we have to eat corn-on-the-cob again?”). Worse yet, sometimes there is just not enough of something that you really, really love. We will give you ideas to get you through the times of abundance, and use good farming practices to reduce the number of times you are disappointed and to extend the time that each vegetable is available.
Here's a link to a newsletter article that might help you understand what to expect when you join a CSA. We work very hard here at Abbe Hill Farm CSA to honor the confidence you show in us and the responsibility you give us to produce your family's food in a thoughtful, careful, and transparent manner.