What is a community-sponsored agriculture program (CSA)?
A CSA is a great way for people to get more involved in the farming process and to appreciate the type of food we eat. The first and most common agreement is a cash-CSA. The customer pays up front for a share of the farmer’s yield over the period of a grow season, usually 21 weeks. Risk is shared by both the customer and the farmer so a low yield will mean a small share for the customer.
The second one, called a labor-CSA, was conceived of by Wilton’s Farah Masani (Farah’s Farm) in 2012. People looking to hone their farming skills commit to a certain amount of labor each week, and in return are given a weekly portion of the produce.
The last one, started in 2013, is called a preservation-provisions agreement. Customers pay double the price that they would in a cash-CSA for a second share of produce that they put in reserve for the winter months.
If you’ve missed out on the deadlines for a CSA, check out Nowalk’s Barcelona Wine Bar or Westport’s Bartaco for freshly grown Wilton produce. Owner and Wilton native Andy Pforzheimer buys surplus produce from Farah’s Farm and Ambler Farm, which he then uses as ingredients at his restaurants.