CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and CSAs are an excellent option for people who want locally grown, fresh produce without battling the big box stores or the corner store that have very little to offer when it comes to fresh food.
As the name suggests, a local farmer is supported by the community who usually buy shares in a program that provides weekly or bi-weekly produce boxes for customers. The produce boxes are filled with the farmers produce and our model provides crops that we grow. Customers buy shares in the project and will generally pay in advance for 13 week, 26 week or 52 week produce boxes.
The CSA model helps support local farmers, communities and the local economy.
There is no one size fits all CSA but here are some advantages to the CSA option:
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At BUFA we sell what we grow and grow crops that are in season for our area. Located in the Central Valley we are in Zone 9 so we grow for maximum freshness & quality for the Stockton & French Camp areas.
We sell what's in season because it makes it easier for us to guarantee flavor of each crop. While we can grow carrots & beets year round, these crops taste sweeter when exposed to cool weather. The same is true for greens, especially collard greens. Nothing tastes better than collards that have matured in cool/cold weather. The greens form natural sugars to keep them warm and this offsets the sometimes bitter taste that collards have.
To help our customers know what we are growing, we created a simple seasonal grow chart. Check it out here. If some of your favorites are missing from our list shoot us an e-mail.