CSA Frequently Asked Questions

What is Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
CSA is a direct partnership between consumers and local producers. A consumer becomes a member of a CSA by purchasing a share in a farm’s harvest, which helps cover yearly operating costs. In return for that investment, he or she receives fresh produce or other goods — delivered to specific drop sites in the Twin Cities — throughout the growing season.

How much does one get for a share?
A typical share provides a wide variety of food weekly for four people through Minnesota’s growing season (typically June through September). Each producer offers a different membership package depending on the farm’s length of season, goods offered, cost, labor and drop-off locations.

How much do CSAs cost?
Prices vary. On average, CSA shares are $550—$650 for a full share. Half shares and short-season shares are often available. Individual farms set their own price and timeline for payment.

When can I sign up for a CSA?
Farms normally seek members at the beginning of each calendar year, a few months prior to planting time. Some farms accept new members throughout the course of the year, as well. We encourage consumers to connect with farmers directly to learn about their specific parameters around sign-up.

Where are the drop-off/pick-up locations?
Each farm has designated drop-off points; Seward Co-op is a drop-off point for several farms. Click here for the farms that drop at Seward Co-op during the 2013 growing season.