Why is it called CSA and how does it work?
The acronym “CSA” stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Community Supported agriculture is a food production and distribution system that directly connects farmers and consumers. Farmers sell a set number of “shares” of the produce that will be available during the upcoming season. Consumers buy into these shares in advance with the promise of receiving a portion of the crops directly from the farm on a regular basis as they're freshly harvested.
CSA boxes are filled with a variety of vegetables that vary in type depending on the time and conditions of the growing season. For example, at the start of the season, your box will contain a head of lettuce along with other types of greens (ex. mesculin mix, spinach, or kale) and maybe a kohlrabi or box of snap peas. August will bring with it tomatoes, green beans, sweet corn, bell peppers, eggplant, onions, and potatoes in abundance. The season will end in October with vegetables such as winter squash, beets, brussels sprouts, and pie pumpkins.