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What is a CSA?

RareEarthShareYou become a member of a local farm by purchasing a share of farm fresh produce from a local farmer. In return, you’ll receive just-picked, healthy produce and more throughout the growing season directly from your farmer. Your share is conveniently boxed and delivered to a pick-up site near you. Each box contains fresh seasonal produce (and perhaps meat, eggs, honey or other extras) along with a farm newsletter and recipes. 

You’ll have the satisfaction of connecting to the farmers, knowing where your food comes from and supporting a local family farm.

How to Pick a Farm:

Explore your options: You’ll find lots of resources below to learn more about CSAs. Plan to attend the annual Local Farmer Open House in March where you can meet the participating farmers and learn about the different options.
Narrow the search: Use this handy pick-up sites chart to find the farms that deliver near you.
Explore the options: Use this chart to see the share options each farm offers.
Contact the Farmer(s): Visit the farm websites and Facebook pages, talk directly with the farmers to determine which farm is right for you, and sign up.

How Does Community Supported Agriculture Work?


With all CSAs you’ll be making a commitment ahead of the season to purchase a share of that farm’s products. In return, you’ll get a box of delicious food carefully grown for flavor and nutrition by farmers who care for the soil and ecosystem.

When do I join? Before the growing season begins (between December and April), you’ll select a farm, a pick up location, and the size/type of share you prefer. Your purchase helps the farmer plan and pay for getting the season going.

The growing and delivery season usually lasts from June to November and some farms also offer a fall or winter share.

How do I choose a farm?
Attend the annual Local Farmer Open House in March
where you can meet the participating farmers and learn about the different options.
Use this handy chart to find the farms that deliver near you and the share options each farm offers.
Contact the Farmer(s): Visit the farm websites and Facebook pages, talk directly with the farmers to determine which farm is right for you, and sign up.

Then consider what’s inside the box. You’ll want to choose the farm share that is right for you. The size and content of what’s in the box varies among farms and throughout the growing season. Depending on the farm you select, you can choose full/half/quarter shares and may be able to order extras such as eggs, meat and honey. Some farms offer members choices about what goes in their shares each delivery.

Consider whether you prefer weekly or bi-weekly deliveries and if vacation holds are important to you. You may also decide to split a share with a friend or neighbor. Along with your box, you’ll also get a newsletter with farm updates, recipes and tips.

The prices and payment options vary depending on the farm and share you choose. Some farms ask for full payment when you sign up; others have installment plans. To make memberships more affordable, some CSA farms offer payment plans, assistance funds or opportunities to work on the farm in exchange for your share or take Quest cards.

Who are the local CSA Farmers?


The farmers who attend the Local Farmer Open House are local farmers from SE WI who have at least 2 years experience operating a CSA or equivalent farming experience. They have pledged to use sustainable farming practices that protect our soils, water and health. They also pledge to communicate regularly with their CSA members and to be open about their farming practices. They grow and produce the majority of what is in their CSA shares.

Look at this more detailed handout (and contact the farmers) to see what kinds of shares and extras CSA Farms offer, where they deliver, payment options, and other details.

Blue Heron Community Farm, LLC
Alex Young and Lindsey Stoner
Reedsville, WI
414-530-9081
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blueheroncommunityfarm.com

Cream City Farms
David Johnson
Milwaukee, WI
414-828-9625
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creamcityfarms.com

Full Harvest Farm, LLC
Chuck Frase & Terry Vlossak
Hartford, WI
262-673-6760
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fullharvestfarm.com

LotFotL Community Farm
Tim Huth and April Yuds
Elkhorn, WI
920-318-3800
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lotfotl.com

Pinehold Gardens
David Kozlowski & Sandra Raduenz
Oak Creek, WI
414-762-1301
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pineholdgardens.com

Springdale Farm
Peter & Bernadette Seely
Plymouth, WI
920-892-4856
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springdalefarm.com

Three Sisters Community Farm
Kelly Kiefer & Jeff Schreiber
Campbellsport, WI
920-533-3042
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threesisterscommunityfarm.com

Tipi Produce
Beth Kazmar & Steve Pincus
Evansville, WI
608-882-6196
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tipiproduce.com/csa

Turtle Creek Gardens
Janet Gamble
Delavan,WI
262-441-0520
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turtlecreekgardenscsa.com

Wellspring Organic Farm & Education Center
Caleb Trainor &Theresa Gauss
West Bend, WI
262-675-6755
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wellspringinc.org

Willoway Farm
Jacqueline Fulcomer & Daniel Bertram
Fredonia,WI
262-692-9691
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willowayfarm.com

Yang Family Farm
Chue Ge Yang & Youa Yang
Hartford,WI
414-588-2522
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yangfamilyfarm.com

Why Join a CSA?


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is much more than just a weekly or bi-weekly food delivery. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a powerful investment in your health, community, and local economy. Choosing a CSA is about connecting to a farm and your food.
  • Savor hand-picked fresh-grown produce full of nutrients and free of harmful chemicals.
  • Eat what’s in season and enjoy a diversity of locally grown food.
  • Sprout a relationship with your farmer and community members. Know who is growing your food and how it’s grown.
  • Choose to spend your dollars with farmers who use sustainable growing methods and are good stewards of the land.
  • Ensure fair compensation for family farmers. Help keep nearby small farms thriving and more dollars circulating in our local economy.
CSAs are great for people who
  • Value their partnership with a local farmer.
  • Like to cook and whose schedule allows for making homemade meals most days.
  • Think it’s fun to try new veggies and to start with what’s in the box each week.
  • Appreciate the convenience of picking up a box your farmer hand-packs for you rather than taking the time of having to shop for your produce.
  • Are willing to expect some unknowns -- depending on what grows well on the farm each year.
  • Have thought about what to do with overabundance. Perhaps they gift a neighbor or have plans for freezing or preserving extra food.

Want to start a Workplace CSA?


In a workplace CSA, employees subscribe together to one or more farms and the boxes are conveniently delivered to their place of employment.

Picking up a share at work can make joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm much more convenient and enjoyable. It’s fun to open your box with co-workers, swap veggies and share tips and recipes. This also makes sharing CSA boxes with other households/co-workers easy.

Having CSA boxes delivered right to work is an employee wellness benefit and shows the company’s commitment to the community, local farms and local businesses. There are a variety of businesses in the Milwaukee metro area that already offer Workplace CSAs and we can help you start one. <

For more information on starting a Workplace CSA, contact Meghan Forseth at the Urban Ecology Center: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download Tips & Recipes for Using Your Share


Tips for Getting the Most from Your share. We’ve put together this collection of tips and recipes to help you efficiently use the contents of your CSA box. Whether you’re a CSA newbie or a member for many seasons, these tips will help you stock your pantry, prepare healthy quick meals and put away extras for future meals.

A to Z Cookbook From Asparagus to Zucchini is a wonderful resource for people who want to make the most of local and seasonal produce. The book alphabetically lists each veggie with recipes, cooking and storage tips. Available for $15 at the Urban Ecology Center or order online directly from the FairShare CSA Coaliton in Madison.

The Mindful Palate Annie Wegner LeFort and The Mindful Palate teach hands-on cooking, canning and food preservation classes at locations throughout Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin.

Preservation: The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation and Dehydration. In this book certified Master Food Preserver Christina Ward demystifies food preservation and gives you the information you need for every method of food preservation. She also teaches classes and is a volunteer mentor.

UW Extension Learning Store for handy guides about How to Can and How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables (tip: you can order a printed copy or view a PDF of each booklet online)

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