Community Supported Agriculture is a great way to incorporate more freshly harvested food into your diet while also learning about your local food sources and the people who produce it.
In Idaho, we are lucky to have innovative producers with creative variations that exist among Community Supported Agriculture models, including produce, protein, honey, eggs and dairy, kombucha and ciders, or plants and flowers, for example.
Here’s how it works: a CSA is a commitment between you and your area farmer. You purchase a “crop share” at the beginning of the growing season — usually late winter or early spring– and they provide you a portion of the anticipated weekly bounty at harvest season.
To find your local CSA, check out these Idaho Preferred participants who offer a wide variety of agricultural products for you to choose from.
BRUCE RANCH BEEF CSA
Eagle and Pleasant Valley, Idaho
CLOUD ELEVEN MOUNTAIN FARM
Moyie Springs, Idaho
USDA Certified Organic and Certified Naturally Grown Produce
GEM STATE MUSHROOMS
Coeur D’Alene, Idaho
(floral production arm of the Mellifera Farm)
NEW CHOICES FARMS
PACK RIVER FARM
USDA Certified Organic Produce
PEACEFUL BELLY FARM
Idaho Certified Organic Produce, Cider and Other Add-Ons
PURPLE SAGE FARMS
Idaho Certified Organic Produce, Multiple Add-Ons
VAN LITH RANCH
WEISER RIVER RANCH
USDA Certified Organic Protein
What’s not to love about enjoying a weekly box of freshly harvested local food that was grown, raised, or crafted in your local Idaho community?
Your purchase from local farmers and ranchers builds community resilience. Purchasing a CSA share is one of the most efficient (and certainly one of the most delicious) ways to easily and affordably support local food and agricultural producers.