Eat seasonal produce (and support local farms) with a CSA program

Community-supported agriculture or crop sharing is a symbiotic system that connects farmers and consumers.

Bundles of carrots, beets, and radishes are stacked on crates outside.

Eat a veritable rainbow all year long while supporting local farmers.

Photo by Wendy Wei

Happy CSA Week, Portland. Standing for Community Supported Agriculture, local farms offer up shares of their crops (think: subscriptions or memberships) to the community each season.

Here are four local farms that are enrolling (or soon enrolling) for seasonal offerings:

47th Avenue Farm | $485+ for 6 months
Fill a bag with vegetables grown in Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood every week during the summer (every two weeks during the winter) at locations in Southeast Portland or Lake Oswego.

Cloud Cap Mushrooms | $24+ for 4 weeks
Get culinary-grade mushrooms from this family-run business (there are four pick-up locations in Portland) or add their mushrooms to one of several local CSA programs.

Cully Neighborhood Farm | $125+ for 6-13 weeks
Pick up a bag of fresh vegetables every week or every other week, summer through winter; add-on options include U-pick herbs, cut flowers, and more.

Home Orchard Education Center | Weekly prices TBD
This educational nonprofit grows a unique mix of heirloom, modern, and rare fruits at the Clackamas Community College campus and offers a portion of the harvest through a 15-week “fruit only” CSA program with various box sizes.

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