City Supported Agriculture
What is a CSA?
A CSA is community supported agriculture (we call it CITY supported, since we’re right here in Baltimore City). In a CSA program, members sign up and pay one lump sum at the beginning of the year to receive a batch of produce for a full growing season. Its a subscription service, adapted for agriculture.
Real Food Farm offers both summer and winter CSA programs. Program duration, size of shares, items available, and pick-up sites vary according to season.
Real Food Farm reached its goal of having Baltimore residents who receive federal food assistance comprise 20% of CSA members! We aspire to increase this percentage as CSA membership grows. For these members, Real Food Farm offers a discounted rate and a weekly installment payment plan. (Further details are available on the Summer CSA and Winter CSA pages.)
Currently accepting applications for our 2014 Summer CSA! Early Bird rates last through March 15th.
Why join a CSA?
CSA members help farmers by:
- providing funds for seeds, tools, and other materials after a long winter without much revenue
- CSAs guarantee sales in a risky growing climate, allowing consumers to share in seasonal variances – the risks and rewards!
Meanwhile farmers guarantee CSA members:
- Will receive a batch of produce at an affordable rate each week, with seasonal choices including both staples (tomatoes, peppers, salad mix) and surprises (popcorn, sunchokes, pumpkins!)
- Members receive weekly tips including recipes and stories from the farm.
And here’s an abbreviated list of some of the crops we grow (availability varies by season):
Tomatoes * Cucumbers * Onions * Broccoli * Cabbage * Leeks * Cauliflower * Kale * Collards * Lettuce * Asian Greens * Chard * Beets * Carrots * Rutabaga *Green Beans * Radish * Turnip * Peas * Spinach *Potatoes * Garlic * Sweet Potatoes * Arugula * Strawberries * Fresh Herbs *