CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is an idea that originated in Japan. Members of a CSA purchase a share of a farm’s production in advance of the season and receive fresh seasonal produce at a rate that is much lower than retail. This arrangement benefits both farmers and members. Farmers have a guaranteed market and money to buy supplies at the beginning of the season. Members get fresh food at near wholesale prices and also get to know where their food is coming from and how it is raised. This arrangement is also meant to be very collaborative. Members of CSAs have the option to help select what is grown and volunteer their time. This can allow people to forge a closer relationship with the food they eat and the land it comes from. For more info on CSAs, visit LocalHarvest’s explainer.
Fat Blossom Share Overview
We have several pickup locations in SW MI (Allegan, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Holland) and in Chicago (Andersonville, North Center, Roger’s Park, and South Loop). We send our members an email every week with a list of items that may be included in your share. This email also includes recipes, food storage ideas, and educational information. We encourage our members to connect with each other and share their experiences and recipes on our Facebook Page.
Our shares include a variety of produce that is fresh, tasty, and nutritious. Our Full Share will include a large grocery bag full of vegetables and more during the peak of the season. Usually suitable for a family of four.
Half shares are literally that, half the amount of produce that’s in the full share. These are best for 1-2 adults or a small family seeking to add a supplement of fresh local produce to their weekly grocery purchases.
Food shares begin the season with peas, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, and other cool weather vegetables. As summer kicks in, we will add potatoes, beans, cucumbers, and more to your share. At the peak of the garden season, shares will be loaded with tomatoes, squash, peppers, greens, melons, and much more. Edible flowers, unusual vegetables, and fresh herbs will be included as they ripen throughout the season.
Every growing season is different so we can not guarantee specific amounts of any particular vegetable but we do our best to provide a good variety throughout the season.