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The best Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/21/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Food

CSAs are a popular way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Typically consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return they receive a box (bag, basket) of produce each week throughout the farming season.

Urban farmer<br />A resettled refuge works at the Ohio City Farm / Farm Stand / CSA

Do CSAs provide enough food to feed in individual with a “single share” or a family with “family share”? Everyone has a different experience, and the weekly bags of groceries also vary with the CSA. To give you a better sense of what to expect, most CSAs have a website that show, from past seasons, what and how much customers took home in their share bag.

From personal experience, the mid-summer bounty often makes up for a smaller early spring start. For big eaters, a good rule of thumb would be to go up one size (if you’re single, go for a family; if you’re a family, you might want the large or two family shares) to ensure that you have sufficient quantities. Doing that will come at a greater cost (it could be $50 instead of $25) per week.

Or, you might use a CSA as an opportunity to sample locally grown, fresh food and feel good about supporting a farmer/small business. Some even let you pay week to week or credit you which is nice if you have to go out of town or your own garden is bountiful.

With CSA sign ups happening now, we asked CSA customers and looked at the reviews of Northeast Ohio’s CSAs on LocalHarvest to come up with our Best Community Supported Agriculture of 2015 list.

Let us know if your favorite CSA is missing from the list, and why its special.

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