CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a collaborative approach to food where consumers and farmers work together.
The Benefit of a CSA
Each spring, individuals join Sunrise Farm, purchasing in advance a season’s worth of the freshest vegetables money can buy. The farmers, meanwhile, know exactly what to grow and can tailor the harvest to best suit their members’ needs.
Besides bringing people together to celebrate local food and strengthen local agriculture, a CSA farm offers a strong financial incentive to consumer and farmer alike. At Sunrise Farm, we price our farm share so that it represents a 30 percent discount over the equivalent basket of food at the market - a great savings for the consumer. As farmers, meanwhile, we are receiving 70 percent of the food dollar, which is seven times what the typical wholesale farmer receives in the United States these days.
Just as much as it is about fresh food, Sunrise Farm is also about rural life. Shareholders come to the farm each week to gather their vegetables, pick fresh herbs, baa at the sheep, sit on the tractor, or walk the miles of trails that start at the farm.
Sunrise Farm's CSA
Our CSA is market style. That means more choice for you (and no packing up boxes for us!) When you walk into the barn for pickup, you'll see that morning's harvest on display as if you were at a farmers' market. We'll let you know how many items to choose, and you get to decide which vegetable to take home. We use organic practices and are currently working towards organic certification for our vegetables with NOFA-VT.
The 2017 CSA season will run from May 1st through mid October, aiming for 26 weeks. The price is $599, and pickups will be Mondays and Thursdays any time between 11:30 AM and 6 PM. You can decide each week which day is most convenient for you.