Why CSA

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What Is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way to link farmers directly to their customers. Members pre-purchase a “share” of the harvest in the spring when the farm incurs the bulk of its costs. In exchange for this “seed money” so to speak, CSA members receive a weekly box of mixed produce throughout the growing season (mid-June through late-October). The weekly boxes are delivered to one of many convenient pick-up sites throughout the Olympia area, including the Olympia Farmers Market, or can be picked up at the farm in Rochester. Our members enjoy over 100 varieties of organically grown vegetables, culinary herbs, and early summer strawberries in addition to recipes and weekly farm newsletters. CSA program details.

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In today’s food system, there are a lot of steps between farm and table. Produce often goes from the farm, to a warehouse, on a truck, to another warehouse, to the store, then finally to your kitchen. Much of the produce found in grocery stores travels an average of 1500 miles! Warehouses, trucking companies, and stores all take a cut resulting in the farmer making less and the consumer paying more. By cutting out the middlemen you as a customer get fresher, healthier produce and we as farmers get more of the profit- a mutually beneficial relationship.

Because our produce is grown and delivered locally, it can be picked within a day of you receiving it so it is truly “farm fresh” when it arrives at your table. Another benefit of being involved in a CSA is the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with the farmers and a sense of connection to that farm. In our weekly CSA newsletters we share with members the different work we do on the farm, crops that are soon in coming, and the ups and downs of farm life. We also share new recipes to help you get the most out of your weekly vegetables.

The farmers at Rising River FarmWe want our members to be able to learn where and by whom their food is grown. We invite members to visit the farm for a self-guided tour. You may visit Monday-Friday during “working hours”. A phone call to let us know you are coming is always appreciated. Depending on the day and time we may be too busy to stop for long, but we can always spare a few moments to point out places and items of interest. Bring a picnic lunch and your “get dirty” shoes. Who knows, we may just rope you into a weeding project! Directions to the farm.

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