Casey Farm began offering the first USDA-certified organic CSA shares in Rhode Island in 1994. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members support the farm by purchasing a share of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers to be picked up each week here at Casey Farm. They throw in their lot with the farm, paying ahead of time and taking home their part of the harvest weekly, whatever that may be. These days, the fortunate members generally receive a greater value than they paid into the program, plus many other benefits.
Members can get to know their farmers and share recipes, and pick-your-own crops provide the opportunity to get into the fields and see how your food is grown. CSA members also receive a household-level membership to Historic New England.
Shares typically feed up to four people. The summer CSA runs for twenty weeks from June through October. Shares vary each week, but here are some examples of what members can expect throughout the season:
Spring – salad greens, snap peas, strawberries, root crops
Summer – tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, blueberries
Fall – cooking greens, sweet potatoes, garlic, winter squash, apples