Wholesome Harvest CSA

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What Is A CSA?

The CSA concept has really been in existence for centuries but, beginning at the end of the 20th century, it started to gain prominence in the States. Wisconsin has grown to become one of the largest per capita CSA states in the country. CSA has become a viable option for our farm and the many members who participate with us each year.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA embodies the concept of connecting the farm, crops, and farmer directly to the consumer. You are sharing in the rewards of a farmer’s labor as well as a part of the risks associated with farming. When joining a CSA, you are purchasing a share, or portion, of the crops that the farm and farmer produce. You will receive your share weekly throughout the growing season delivered to your choice of pick up site. Our growing season is anywhere from 20 to 23 weeks long depending on weather conditions. You will receive a wide variety of crops throughout the course of a growing season and as the seasons change, so do the crops you receive.

In spring, greens are at their best. Lettuce, spinach, green onions, strawberries, and peas are a few of the early crops you may receive. As the warm days of summer arrive, so do crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, and sweet corn. As fall rolls around, so do potatoes, cabbage, winter squash, and watermelons.

As a CSA farm, we hope to offer you more than just quality fruits and vegetables. We want you to get a feeling of where your produce comes from, who is growing it, and what Wisconsin agriculture is all about. We put out newsletters and updates on what is happening on our farm. We offer recipes for some of those items you may not quite know what to do with. We offer several event days where you can come to the farm and meet with us, see the fields of crops, and harvest some things to take home with you.

The benefits of CSA to local agriculture and the local economy are profound. The average produce item in a grocery store travels over 1300 miles and through a list of warehouses and shipping yards. That is a boatload of money being sent out of the country, or at least out of state, for each vegetable that we consume. Our farm could not survive without the CSA concept and the support of all of our members and their commitment to supporting us and our shared local economy.