What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique model that provides wonderful opportunities to eat seasonally, support a local farm business, and get to know the farmer who is growing your food. When patrons sign up for a CSA, they typically pay for a share of the farm up front in early spring before the start of the growing season. This influx of cash helps the farmer cover costs of their operation, which can be substantial. CSA members then receive a box of the farm’s products throughout the growing season and arrange pick up locations or delivery options with the farm.
Many CSAs offer different options such as weekly or bi-weekly deliveries, or different sizes such as half or full shares. Some farms offer add-on products like honey, eggs, or fruit as well. CSA members enjoy the ultimate local, seasonal eating experience.

Find farms in Lake County that offer CSA options here.

Check out our local food map for Lake County-based CSA options. If you’re looking for a CSA from the region that delivers to Lake County, use this handy guide from Band of Farmers to find the Chicago area CSA that best serves your needs. Whether you’re looking for fresh, local vegetables, meat and eggs, honey, flowers, and more, the Band of Farmers member farms have got you covered. For more information, visit the site at www.bandoffarmers.org