CSA

CSA Season is underway!

Still accepting new CSA members!  Call 515-987-3561 today!

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA?)

CSA reflects an innovative and resourceful strategy to connect local farmers with local consumers; develop a regional food supply and healthier community; maintain a sense of community; encourage Land stewardship; honor the knowledge and experience of growers and producers working small to medium farms. CSA is a unique model of local agriculture whose roots reach back 30 years to Japan where a group of women grew concerned about the increase in food imports and the corresponding decrease in the farming population. They initiated a direct growing and purchasing relationship between their group and local farms.

CSA is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and community of supporters which provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. Supporters purchase shares of the season’s harvest. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it. This mutually supportive relationship between local farmers, growers and community members help create a stable farm operation in which members are assured the highest quality produce, often below retail prices. In return, farmers and growers are able to diversify their farming practice and positively affect the health of the community.

How does a CSA Work?

Community members sign up and purchase their shares, either in one lump sum before seeds are sown in early spring, or in several installments throughout the growing season. In return for their investment, CSA members receive a bag of fresh, more nutritious, locally grown, vine ripened produce once a week from late spring through early fall. Crops are planted in succession in order to provide continuous weekly supply of mixed vegetables. As crops rotate through the season, weekly shares vary by size and type of produce, reflecting local growing seasons and conditions.

Cooking & Nutrition Classes

At LT Organic Farms we welcome members to pick up their share weekly and stay for a class to learn about the nutrition of the foods received as well as a custom cooking class providing suggested recipes for how to prepare your bounty.

Classes are included at no extra charge with your CSA membership ($25 fee per session for non-CSA members, please call ahead to register 515-987-3561)

Class schedule (new topics start each Saturday and repeat through the week):

Saturday: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Tuesday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.