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Joining a CSA can be one of the most rewarding food decisions you or your family will ever make. It connects you with local growers, helps build sustainable community, and benefits the environment. And of course, it also rewards you with months of fresh and delicious produce for your table and your tummy.

CSA is an investment. Subscribers pay for the entire growing season up-front (unless they choose a payment plan).  Before you become a member and make the investment, take time to read through the links below to find out if CSA is right for you and to learn what you can expect as a subscriber.

What is a CSA?

Madison Growers Association CSA – FAQs

Am I a CSA kind of person?

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by denise on June 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Are you still taking sign-ups? If so, do you prorate the shares?

    Reply

    • We are still taking sign-ups! Shares are prorated – I am sending you an email with the exact amount for you, but I wanted to reply here so everyone knows it’s not too late to sign up!

      Reply

  2. Posted by Jamie on April 11, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I am wanting to get some more information after looking at your site. I was wondering about the quantity of produce received. I would like to be able to talk with my husband about how the quantity and cost would compare to grocery prices (thought I know that the quality would be far better). Also, I saw something about an egg share and was wondering about that. We are a family of 7 with one teen (eating more everyday) and elementary/preschool age children.

    Thank you.

    Reply

    • Hi Jamie!

      Thank you so much for your interest in the CSA! Quantity can be a little tough to get specific about since different seasons have such different weights (spring is mostly leafy greens, for example, while autumn is heavy with pumpkins, squash, and sweet potatoes). The first couple weeks of spring are also a little lighter as the growing season ramps up. But for the most part, a full share is generally ideal for a family with kids. With a total of 7 including a teenager, you’ll probably find that you need to supplement at the farm market still (especially in spring and early summer), if they like to eat their veggies. Let me give you a couple examples of full shares from last year so you can see what you might expect. Of course this is subject to change depending on how the season progresses and what happens to be growing well, but after five years with this CSA, we can fairly safely say this is a typical pattern:

      SPRING:
      Romaine head (1 large)
      Spinach (1 or 2 bags – grocery store produce bag size)
      Arugula (1 smaller bag)
      Kale (2 large bunches)
      Spring onions (1 bunch, usually about 4 small onions with greens)
      Radishes (1 bunch, usually about 3 or 4 radishes with greens, sometimes more)
      Asparagus (1 or 2 bunches, same size as a grocery store bunch)
      Oregano (1 small baggie)
      Red lettuce head (1)

      SUMMER:
      Corn (six ears)
      Green beans (1.5 lbs)
      Potatoes (2 lbs)
      Banana peppers (or other hot peppers) (3 or 4 peppers)
      Cherry tomatoes (2 pints)
      Slicing tomatoes (4 or 5 large tomatoes)
      Green peppers (2)
      Cucumber (1)
      Onion (1)
      Cantaloupe (1)
      Blackberries (2 pints)

      AUTUMN:
      Carrots (1.5 lbs)
      Bell peppers (2-3 small)
      Potatoes (2 lbs)
      Sweet potatoes (4 lbs)
      Green beans (1.5 lb)
      Greens (1 large bag)
      Tomatillos (1 lb)
      Buttercup squash (1)

      Please let me know if you have any other questions!!

      Peace,
      Laura

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