The longest consecutively certified organic farm in Indiana, Stranger’s Hill Organics, is accepting CSA Memberships for 2013.
As a subscriber, you can enjoy fresh, organic produce delivered weekly to Bloomingfoods West (on Tuesdays) or Bloomingfoods East (on Thursdays), or picked up at their historic farm, just 6 miles west of downtown Bloomington. Find out more about what the farm offers, download a subscription form, and learn more about Community Supported Agriculture at the Stranger's Hill website.
What is Community Supported Agriculture? The USDA National Agriculture Library offers some publications here.
A CSA, or community supported agriculture project, allows community members to connect directly with a local farm. When you become a member of a CSA, you sign up to receive a weekly share of the produce that is grown on the farm. You also get the chance to build a direct relationship with the farmers and know exactly where your food is coming from.
CSAs provide only vegetables and products that are in season locally. If a crop fails because of the weather, you might not receive that kind of vegetable in your CSA share. On the flip side, if the farm enjoys a bumper crop, so will you! Overall, CSAs provide a great base of support for farmers, and offer eaters a unique chance to participate in a truly local food economy.