Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

What is a CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, programs are a vital part of building our local food system. (There are even Community Supported Fisheries in our area!) CSAs create a way for community members to buy a share of the harvest directly from local farmers. Customers pay a set amount and receive a box of seasonal produce or other farm products in return (often weekly, though some programs are bi-weekly or monthly). Such arrangements help farmers receive a greater share of the money paid, bring customers fresh, local produce and promote health, community and the local economy.

CSAs create a closer connection between farmers and customers. Many farms provide newsletters and recipes to CSA members and some offer special farm visits!

Read more about the history of CSAs here.

 

What are the benefits?

Subscribing to a CSA gives you:

  • Super fresh products! Produce is often picked within 24 hours of delivery.
  • Exposure to new varieties of local fruits and vegetables.
  • Opportunities to learn new ways of cooking. Nearly all farms send weekly recipes.
  • A chance to support your local economy.

Where can I find one?

Benicia

Benicia CSA Center:

Eatwell Farm, Terra Firma Farm, Real Good Fish, Real Food Bay Area, Tara Firma Farm

(Boxes from all these farms are delivered to a drop site at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 E. Second St.)

Individual drop sites:

Riverdog Farm

Fairfield

Fairfield CSA Center:

Eatwell Farm, Real Good Fish

(Coming soon to the Fairfield-Cordelia Library, 5050 Business Center Drive, Fairfield)

Individual drop sites:

Real Good Fish

Vallejo

Individual drop sites:

Eatwell Farm

Riverdog Farm

Vacaville

Individual drop sites:

Eatwell Farm

Lockewood Acres

Riverdog Farm

Terra Firma Farm

What do these farms offer?

Eatwell Farm High-quality, fresh produce, dairy and other specialty goods
Cloverleaf Farm Peaches, apricots, pluots, plums, nectarines, walnuts and almonds
Lockewood Acres Organic farm providing vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat and honey to Vacaville and surrounding areas.
Real Good Fish Local, fresh fish delivered to your neighborhood
Real Food Bay Area Healthy, nutrient-dense, sustainable fresh and prepared foods
Riverdog Farm Just-picked, seasonal, organic fruit and vegetables as well as pork and chicken
Tara Firma Farm Pasture-raised beef, pork, chicken, lamb and turkey. Organic fruit, eggs, cheese and vegetables.
Terra Firma Farm Certified organic year-round vegetables, fruits and nuts grown locally in Solano and Yolo County

How do I sign up?

Please visit the farm’s website and follow their instructions for becoming a member. Typically, you set up an account, select a pickup site and then you’re ready to go! In the case of individual drop sites, farms will give CSA members the exact pickup address (sometimes they are on private property).

 

Can I get a drop site in my neighborhood?

Yes, you can! If you are interested in helping us create a drop site in your own community, please contact us at info@sustainablesolano.org. Once the farms have their minimum number of members signed up, they can start delivering, and Sustainable Solano might be able to help launch the new site with a cooking class.

 

This program is supported through financial contributions from our CSA members and generous funding from the Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation.