Community supported agriculture (CSA)
The traditional CSA is similar to a subscription - you will receive a regular - most often weekly - share of produce or other farm goods at the height of their season. The season typically lasts 20-26 weeks, usually beginning around the same time that farmers markets open. Some farms offer a late season extension until Thanksgiving.
WHY BUY CSA?
WHAT WILL BE IN MY BOX?
The first spring crops will typically include greens, radishes, salad mix, and green onions. By the end of the season boxes will have winter squash, potatoes, and broccoli. Many farms provide a list of what kinds of produce to expect, and when.
WHERE DO I PAY FOR IT/PICK IT UP?
Money before the season begins is fundamental to the CSA model, but some farms offer other options such as partial shares of auto-pay plans. A few farms offer a work-trade option in which stakeholders assist with on-farm tasks in exchange for a reduced price or free share.
Finding a CSA with a weekly pickup location that works with your routine is key to enjoying your CSA experience. If you already visit a weekly farmers market, that's a great place to start. Some CSAs offer on-farm pickup.
snap/ebt market programs
SALES AND SNAP/EBT
How can your market drive more sales - from all types of customers? As a market manager you can use SNAP/EBT to help your vendors thrive and reach low-income shoppers.
HOW DOES SNAP/EBT WORK?
WHAT ITEMS ARE ELIGIBLE TO BUY WITH SNAP MARKET TOKENS?