CSA Program Helps Local Farmers - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

CSA Program Helps Local Farmers

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SALISBURY, Md. - Community Supported Agriculture, also known as CSA, is a relatively new concept bringing the farm to your table. The idea is simple, just sign up with a local farm, pay up front, and get locally grown organic food every week.

"It's basically a membership that people purchase to the farm," Ted Wycall of Greenbranch Farm in Salisbury tells us.

"You are entitled to a share of that weeks harvest," he adds.

You can get a wide variety of crops the season has to offer, for about 25 to 35 percent off retail prices.

"They're guaranteed the first pick of everything we've got," Lisa Garfield of Callope Farm in Salisbury says.

Becoming a CSA member not only ensures you get locally grown organic produce at the cheapest available cost, but also helps farmers finance their growing season in a typically slow time of year. Both the Greenbranch Farm and Caillope Farm in Salisbury provide CSA, and are beginning their harvests now.

Both agree, after mother nature dealt them a rough hand last year, this program is essential.

"It helps us scale our planting so we know how much to plant," Wycall says.

"It provides funds early in the season when we're getting everything going but the income stream isn't as strong in the winter," Garfield adds.

To learn more or to sign up to become a CSA member, visit the website of a participating farm. You can find CSA information about these farms, Here.

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