Choose A Farm
Factors to Consider When Choosing a CSA Farm

Given the amazing quantity of high quality farms serving our community, finding YOUR farm can be daunting. All of the farms in the coalition follow the basic CSA model, grow a wide variety of Certified Organic vegetables, some fruits and humanely raised meat products. Beyond these similarities, all the CSA farms have characteristics which are uniquely their own. It is important to consider which farm will best meet your needs and expectations. Browse through the following list and note the factors that are important to you.

Price of Share

It is not recommended that you select your CSA share solely on price. Comparing each farm’s price like comparing apples to oranges (or carrots to cucumbers, if you will); each farm has different season lengths, crops, share sizes, etc. Purchasing a CSA share can often save you $$ on high quality, organic food, however, we encourage CSA members to consider the wider CSA experience of community, connectedness and education rather than a traditional consumer/producer commodity arrangement. The value of your commitment to local farms and their commitment to growing high quality food is priceless.

Length of Season/Number of Deliveries

The length of the season and number of deliveries varies among the farms. Most begin in May or early June ending anywhere from October to February. Those with longer seasons utilize season extending devices such as hoop houses and also focus in the cooler months on winter storage crops.

Pick-Up Site

Almost all of the farms have sites in Lexington where the weekly delivery of vegetables are dropped off. Many also have sites in outlying towns and on farm. Consider how important it is to you to have a pick-up site located near your home, school, or work.

Delivery Day

The days and times that farms make their deliveries varies. Some CSA members prefer receiving their shares at the end of the week or the weekend so you can supplement your box at the farmers market, other folks prefer to cook up a storm on all week long!

Types of Produce and Other Food Items

Most CSA farms offer a wide variety of seasonal produce, others offer meat shares. Some also have specialty items, which are included in the share or can be purchased at additional cost. These include flowers, honey, meat, apples, cheese, grains, wool/yarn, and eggs.

Production Practices

All the produce farms are certified organic or in transition to certification (which can take up to three years but requires adherence to all certification requirements). There is also a wide spectrum of mechanization levels between farms. All of our farms are strongly committed to sustainable growing practices.

Opportunities for Communication with Farmers

One of the core tenets of CSA is to connect farm members with farms and farmers. Farms offer a variety of ways to keep in touch with the farmers through on-farm activities, newsletter articles, blogs, community event presence and more.