By choosing to participate in our Community Supported Agriculture program, you make a very powerful commitment to purchase Certified Organic produce that positively impacts our local economy, personal health, and planet. Here are some of the many reasons that it makes sense to participate:
SUPPORT FAMILY FARMS
The CSA model helps to keep organic farming a viable way of life for small-scale family farms that are increasingly threatened by agribusiness. LFFC member farmers farm an average of five acres.
CARRY ON A TRADITION
Farming is a tradition in many Lancaster County families, and has been inherited by the majority of LFFC member farmers. By purchasing a CSA share, you ensure that this rich tradition can be passed on to future generations. It's a great legacy.
SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE FARMING PRACTICES
LFFC member farms are 100% Certified Organic. We pride ourselves on our strict standards, excellent records of all activities on the land, and our highly maintained and enriched soil.
Our produce is some of the most nutrient-dense that Lancaster County has to offer! By purchasing a CSA share, you ensure that you and family make a commitment to consuming fresh, local Certified Organic vegetables for up to 43 weeks out of the year. Increasing your daily intake of fresh produce is proven to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type II Diabetes, as well as providing you with a noticeable boost in energy.
At the grocery store, all vegetables are fruits are made available to us at all times of the year. Our shareholders enjoy being reconnected with the tradition of eating vegetables and fruits when they are in season and at their freshest.
EXPAND YOUR TASTE BUDS
One of the benefits of joining a cooperative is that your CSA share is sure to be packed with variety, as each of our farmers enjoys growing unique heirloom vegetable and fruit varieties. Towards the end of the season, many of shareholders also confess that they've learned to love a vegetable or two that they may never have tried on their own.
Once a week, shareholders pick up their CSA shares at a convenient pick up location. Over the season, they meet neighbors, make friends, and develop relationships with one another.
At the grocery store, Certified Organic produce is often marked up 50 to 150%, and much of it isn't even local! Because the CSA model connects consumers directly with farmers, the price of each item in a share is comparable to wholesale pricing.
REDUCE YOUR FOOD MILES
In the U.S., food travels an average of 1,500 miles from farm to plate, accounting for a large portion of the nation's total carbon emissions. Unlike the vegetables that you find in the grocery store, which are chemically treated to withstand weeks of travel time, the vegetables that you'll find in your CSA share are delivered 24-48 hours after harvesting. LFFC also delivers exclusively to areas within a 150 mile radius.
REDUCE YOUR TRIPS TO THE GROCERY STORE
Something that makes our CSA program unique is the option for shareholders to participate in Four Season Harvest, our online buying club. Through this program, CSA members can order additional items (such as milk, eggs, meat, etc.) to be delivered each week with their CSA shares!
SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE, HUMANE ANIMAL HUSBANDRY PRACTICES
Should you choose to purchase animal products through Four Season Harvest, you can be sure that LFFC is committed to the strictest animal husbandry practices. All animal products offered through the Co-op come from pastured, humanely-raised animals.