Q: The term CSA comes up a lot on Wisconsin Foodie and frequently we are asked, “What is a CSA”?
A: To start, “CSA” stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The concept is simple. A farmer will offer a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically, a share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season (from www.localharvest.org/csa).
We have featured quite a few CSA farmers here on Wisconsin Foodie. Most recently featured was Tim Huth from the LOTFOTL Farm (www.lotfotl.com). He also happens to be my own personal food grower. In other Wisconsin Foodie episodes, we have also featured David Kozlowski and Sandra Raduenz of Pinehold Gardens (www.wisconsinfoodie.com/2008/12/13/pig-roast).
To find a CSA farmer in your area you can visit www.localharvest.org/store/local-csa.jsp and type in your zip code. Buying into one of these programs not only supports your local farmers but also supports our local economy and not to mention you get a box of fresh and delicious produce each week.
Now if you’d like to go one step further, there is also an “RSA”, which stands for Restaurant Supported Agriculture. It is basically the same concept but for restaurants instead of consumers. David Swanson of Braise On The Go (www.braiseculinaryschool.com) began this program in Milwaukee within the last couple of years. Some of the restaurants that support RSA’s include La Merenda, Comet, Honey Pie Café, Le Reve, Meritage, and Café Manna, just to name a few. For more information on the RSA program check out www.braiseculinaryschool.com.
Eat Fresh and Enjoy!
Executive Producer, Wisconsin Foodie
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S08 E10 – We explore the world of perch at UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Science and at Wendt’s Fish Fry.
S08 E09 – We celebrate Native American culture at Indian Summer and then are treated to a traditional musky meal made with wild rice.
S08 E08 – It’s all things cheese at Cheesetopia where we check out a bunch of cheeses and then profile LaClare Farms and their amazing goat cheeses.
S08 E07 – Stoney Acres Farm hosts a pizza night with ingredients right from their farm.
S08 E06 – In this episode, we join George Bregar at Company Brewing as he makes a pale ale with fresh, locally sourced hops. Then we celebrate Oktoberfest with Deb and Dan Carey of New Glarus Brewing.
Wisconsin Foodie is organizing Cheesemaker tours this Spring/Summer and we’d like you to join us.