How long does a CSA last?
Farms typically provide weekly CSA shares, or produce boxes, throughout Kentucky's growing season during spring through fall. The duration, and start and end dates, vary by farm. Generally, about 20-25 weeks, and a May through October timeframe, is common for farms serving the Lexington area.
What is included in a weekly CSA share?
CSA shares, or produce boxes, vary based on the farm and the time of year. Farms grow different vegetables, and each week different fruits and vegetables are growing into and out of maturity. An example of a share in June could be beets, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, green onions, squash/zucchini and radishes. Many farms show examples of past shares on their websites and social media platforms.
How much food is included in a weekly CSA share? A half share?
The quantity of produce in each CSA share varies by farm and by week, depending on how much was able to be harvested. Typically, a share is designed to supply two adults, or a small household, with most of their weekly vegetable needs, while a half share is designed to supplement weekly vegetables needs for one to two adults.
How much does a CSA cost?
The cost of a CSA varies by farm and by the size of the share. Typically, without a voucher, the cost of a share ranges from about $500 to $700 and a half share ranges from about $200 to $300.
Why become a CSA member?
Whether using a CSA share as a supplement to vegetables from weekly grocery shopping or farmers markets, or as the sole supply, a CSA offers several unique benefits.
- It's a commitment to supporting your local food producers and the local economy. Because shares are purchased before the growing season begins, farmers are able to plant more with the support of their CSA members.
- Buying directly from the farmer means you're buying the freshest, tastiest food. Produce is grown for flavor, quality and diversity as opposed to shelf life.
- It adds an element of surprise to meal-planning, and inspires creativity to keep meals fresh and interesting each week.
- It's a fun way to discover new foods and learn about when specific types of vegetables are in-season in central Kentucky.
What happens if there is crop failure or bad weather?
CSA is a mutual committment between a farm and its supportive members. CSA members share in the rewards of a great season and the risks that come with bad weather and pests. Members must understand the shared risk and that refunds are not given. Participating farmers have been growing food for many seasons, and they typically grow a variety of crops, which decreases the likelihood that all crops will be ruined from a pest or weather problem.
Who is eligible to claim a voucher?
Any UK employee on a UK health plan (HMO, RHP, EPO, PPO) is eligible to claim a voucher (available on a first come, first served basis).