Local fresh food is what a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) has for members to enjoy, but it may be hard to find a membership.
High Meadow Farm CSA in Johnson Creek with Meg Kelley and Joy Leisen can tell you all about it. Their fresh seasonal produce is available for about 225-230 memberships this year. Kelley says, “(They) grew a little bit every year after the first year having 25 members and then we had about 165 at the start of last year. This year, to accommodate all our returning members, we had to add a few more.” Kelley also said there is, “Quite a long waiting list for people wanting to be part of the CSA.”
A CSA is supported and funded by members that pay to receive a weekly share in summer. “It gives us an opportunity for the money up front,” Kelly says, “and not worrying how the season will go.” When subscribing to the farm she says customers should look at it like investing in the risks and benefits of a farm. Both Kelley and Leisen enjoy interacting with customers. “It helps us build that relationship with our members,: Leisen says. “We are their farm and they are just committing to being connected with us throughout the year – the ups and downs.”
CSA’s can come in a lot of different combinations. Leisen says, “If you like it, we probably have it.”