Buying a share in a CSA lets you eat local while supporting small farms.
The years have been kind to community-supported agriculture, making it a lot easier nowadays for subscribers to get what they want in a quantity that works for them and with more convenient pickup spots. Here are five Wisconsin farms that get that message:
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This article is taken from our May 2019 cover story, How to Live Your Healthiest Life.
|Pinehold Gardens||Victory Garden Initiative||Springdale Farm||LotFotL Community Farm||Three Sisters Community Farm|
|About the Farm||21-acre farm in Oak Creek grows some 45 kinds of produce.||Fruits, vegetables and herbs grown at VGI’s urban farm at 240 E. Concordia Ave. in Milwaukee.||35-acre organic farm just outside Plymouth that produces fresh produce and eggs.||The name for this certified organic farm in Elkhorn is an acronym for “Living off the Fat of the Land.”||Grows over 40 varieties of vegetables on an organic farm in Campbellsport.|
|Cost||$500-$515 weekly; $300 every other week and for farm-stand share||Half-share $235 (feeds 1-2 per week), full share $460 (feeds 3-4 per week)||From $190 for a small share every other week to $750 for a large share, full-season||Customizable options, some including home delivery, range from $19 to $60 a week.||Every other week $355; weekly $639|
|Pickup||Multiple sites target different parts of the city and suburbs.||Three options include two Outpost Natural Foods locations and the VGI Farmhouse on East Concordia.||Numerous sites in the MKE area||Various local drop sites (Bay View, Shorewood, Pewaukee, New Berlin), including the Urban Ecology Center||Deliveries to local sites (like Marquette University) and to homes|
|Membership Options||Weekly, every other week, and market share, to use at their on-farm market stand||Full and half-share. All proceeds from the CSA go to the Youth Green Jobs Initiative, which marries young adults with farming||Allows members to customize their shares (which come in three sizes), how often they get them (every week, every other week or a “skipper” option to allow for trips or breaks)||Three options: full spectrum (produce, meat, eggs, cheese, bread), just produce, or meatless (includes produce, eggs, cheese and bread). Also weekly and biweekly options||Weekly and every-other-week; members pick seven to nine items for each box (can nix veggies you don’t like)|