jump to example.com

Consumers, farmers reap rewards from CSAs

foodTo ensure a consistent supply of seasonal local produce from spring through fall, it’s not too late to sign up for a community-supported agriculture, or CSA, subscription.

Among Virginia farms that offer CSA participation is Crumptown Farm in Buckingham County, which offers its subscribers weekly boxes stocked with lettuce, potatoes, squash, watermelons or whatever else is at its peak.

“Customers are our first priority,” said Lindsay Constable who owns and operates the 16-acre farm with her husband, Brad. “We provide vegetables that are absolutely fresh and picked the same day they’re delivered. We also incorporate some heirlooms that excel in taste—things you’d never find at the grocery store—all at a very fair price.”

CSAs connect shoppers directly with local farms. Members typically pay in advance to receive regular shares of produce and other products that they pick up at a designated time and location.

“Opening the box from the farm can be a bit of an adventure, because you may get things you’ve never tried before. It makes eating vegetables fun,” Constable noted.

Farmers also benefit from the relationship.

“Farmers benefit from CSAs by receiving payment early in the growing season, which helps with their farm’s cash flow,” explained Tony Banks, a commodity marketing specialist for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. “Farmers have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow and can even respond to their subscribers’ special requests for unique produce and crop varieties.”

Constable described CSAs as “a direct way to support local farmers. It provides part of our income throughout the winter, so we are able to purchase items such as seed and organic fertilizer. Supporting CSAs also helps keep farmland in production.”

Crumptown offers mini, small and large shares from early May to mid-October. Constable believes that “every CSA has its own personality. They are all a little bit different. Everyone has their own spin.”

To find local CSA farms, visit virginiagrown.com.

   
Discussion
 
Highlights

AAA: Gas prices trending downward

Gas prices in the Mid-Atlantic region continue to drop slowly but will not drop as quickly as they rose following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall last month.

Skyline Drug Task Force touts new online tool to combat illicit drug sales

Law enforcement officials from across the region gathered in Waynesboro Thursday to talk up ReportADrugDealer.com, an online reporting tool being used to combat illicit drug sales.

Cliff Hyra: Libertarian reaches out to undecideds in Virginia governor race

Cliff Hyra, the Libertarian candidate for governor, was technically at Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial candidate debate.

And now: UVA football has expectations

The media had UVA seventh, and dead last, again, in the ACC Coastal, in the preseason. That’s called having no expectations

WWE No Mercy Preview: Thoughts on Cena-Reigns, Lesnar-Strowman

WWE loaded up the card for No Mercy, a September Raw brand pay-per-view with two WrestleMania main event-quality matches.

   
Recent Posts
   
Your One-Stop Media Shop
Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, magazine/brochure, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.
  • Web Design

    You want a new website, but don’t have the first clue as to how to build one. That’s our job. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design and content development. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.
    Learn more about AFP Web Design services.
  • Graphic Design

    The staff at Augusta Free Press Publishing has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association for excellence in layout and design. Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.
    Learn more about AFP Graphic Design services.
  • Marketing

    Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.
    Learn more about AFP Marketing services.