Community. Supported. Agriculture.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) offers a healthy alternative to grocery store food. We connect High Country residents with organic produce and natural food from the area, and we support our farmers by providing them with a stable financial market. The CSA is a community of people who value growing and eating high-quality local food - this is an institution in which farmers help support each other through bad harvests, celebrate good harvests, create a shared community of risk and rewards with members, and in which members are committing to support not just the individual farmers who grow for the CSA but also the emergence of a cooperative community food system in the High Country that decreases vulnerability and increases resilience.
In a CSA, people join by buying a "share" into the seasonal harvest of our local farmers. Our summer shares begin in early summer and extend through mid-autumn, and each week during the season our members receive a box of produce of whatever is currently being harvested. As the season progress, the number of produce items and the range of items offered varies according to what is locally available.
Our members have found the following benefits from their CSA experience:
High quality food
Food received from the High Country CSA is always fresh. The typical produce consumed in North America can spend up to 7 days post-harvest in transportation, delivery, and being shelved before it is bought, but our produce is typically picked the day of delivery.
All our products are organic, so they were made free from harmful chemicals, genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), antibiotics, and growth hormones.
Food dollars stay local
Our community’s economy benefits as we provide a way to keep our food money local.
With a pickup location in downtown Boone, we make our CSA convenient
Sustain local agriculture
Participation in the CSA provides farmers with a stable financial market and helps preserve our farming community