Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a way for people to buy locally produced food and build a relationship with the farmer. In making the financial commitment to the farm, people become CSA members, shareholders or subscribers. In return, members receive a basket or box of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk, herbs, meats or other locally grown, seasonal products. The food is delivered to one’s home or there is a central pick-up location.
Most CSA farmers prefer that members pay in advance for the season, but some will accept weekly or monthly payments. Some CSAs also require that members work a small number of hours on the farm during the growing season.
A CSA season typically runs from late spring through early fall. The number of CSAs in the United States was estimated at 50 in 1990, and has since grown to more than 2,200. Here are the ones who contacted Indiana Living Green. As we learn about others, we will include them in the CSA list at the ILG Web site.
Mission Berry Farms CSA
Anderson, Frankton, Elwood, Noblesville and Alexandria
Local fruits & vegetables
grown the way nature intended
Kiss My Grass Farm CSA
Brown and surrounding counties
All natural hormone and antibiotic-free
heirloom/heritage vegetable meat and egg shares
Basic Roots Community Foods, a 3rd party CSA
Indianapolis area, year-round
A trip to the farmer’s marketto your door, home or business
Lost Pond Farm CSA
Bloomington Saturday’s farmers market pick up
Seasonal produce from familiar favorites to unusual
No synthetic chemicals used
Mallow Run Market Club
Fresh Indiana produce, hand-crafted
jams, bread, cheese and more
LIFE Certified Organic Farm CSA
Serving Greater Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Surrounding Communities.
Check website for pick-up locations near you. Dont see one close?
Ask us, we may be adding new sites for 2011.
Growing Organic Foods for a decade in Central Indiana
Core Farms CSA
Organically grown vegetables, fruit,
eggs and apple cider from three growers
(812) 339-5006 / (812) 876-3328
Marlett Farm CSA
Growing food grown naturally,
providing quality produce at a fair price
(812) 320-9407 / (812) 322-1226
Melody Acres CSA
Bloomington and Indianapolis areas
Offers naturally grown produce
in transition to certified organic
Aspire Indiana Harvestland Farm
765-641-8303 / 765-635-5711
Anderson, Noblesville, Carmel
Organically grown, summer & winter CSA;
provides jobs for people w/ disabilities
Renaissance Farm & Permaculture Center
Organic +, Suburban farm
Permaculture demonstration & training, plants & food
Basic Roots Community Foods
Sue or Kay at 317.341.0474 firstname.lastname@example.org
Located on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis
Serving all of Indianapolis, Marion County
5 years of cultivating community
by making good local foods accessible, year round.
Fruit Loop Acres
Kay or Sue at 317-408-0325 email@example.com
2.1 miles from the circle center, on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis
Fine Fruits –perma-cultured & biodynamic
Offering Seasonal U-pick and hands-on workshops in 2011.