What is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an attempt to address the many problems of modern agriculture by redefining the relationship between the farmer, consumer and the natural biological systems which comprise a farm. A CSA program is a type of “cooperative,” where a consumer financially commits to a full season of produce months in advance of the start of the growing season. Each week from Mid-May to November, members receive a variety of freshly harvested crops. Since the nutritional value of produce declines significantly while on supermarket shelves, as a member you will enjoy the freshest, most nutritious produce available – harvested daily for you and your family by farm staff.

OnionsCSA provides the farmer with several practical advantages including the resources to buy seeds and other supplies before the first spring strawberry ripens in the field and allows the farmer to focus on actually growing crops during the growing season instead of fretting over sales and delivery schedules.  This is why it's really appreciated when community members sign up early, allowing us to better plan for the upcoming season. The rewards and risks of farming are shared by the farm community in this partnership, which means that in years of environmental or weather constraints, members may receive more of one crop but less of another.  For example, in years of overabundant rain, disease may limit the amount of tomatoes that are harvestable; however, water-loving crops such as watermelon, Chinese cabbage and celery may have a banner season! Many of our long-standing members, some of whom have been supporting us for over twenty-five years, tell us the benefits of membership in our CSA program far exceed the risks associated with Community Supported Agriculture.

Our Community

Community Supported AgricultureThe seeds of this community were sown in 1991, the first year of Honey Brook Organic Farm CSA, then known as Watershed Organic Farm CSA. The original members largely came from Hopewell, Pennington, Princeton and Ewing, N.J. Our CSA has now grown to serve members residing in over one hundred and twenty-one communities in three states – from the Big Apple to the City of Brotherly Love. Our membership is diverse and includes artists, professional writers, yoga instructors, conservationists from our area’s open space community, innovative restaurateurs committed to bringing locally grown produce to their clientele, teachers, fellow farmers, retirees, food entrepreneurs and health-conscious parents. What we all share, aside from our love of delicious, wholesome food, is a respect for and stewardship of Honey Brook Organic Farm.

This Week’s Harvest
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Our harvest calendar indicates produce availability throughout the growing season.

The Local Harvest
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Buying A Share

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