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Bread And Butter Farms CSA_2022 
Starting 3.26.22

What is a CSA

Community Shared Agriculture

This farming model: Community Shared Agriculture, or CSA, is built on fairness and transparency for both the farmer and the consumer. Traditionally, a consumer buys a share of a farm up-front, which provides financial assistance to the farmer for that season. It also allows for the farmer to gauge exactly how much to grow and when.  In return, the consumer receives a box of fresh veggies from our farm. Participating in our CSA offers many benefits to All parties. What’s more, a CSA makes a positive impact on the environment, especially when compared to industrial farms.

The US is infamous for its industrialized farming system, which hatched in the 1950s. What was seen as a trend towards efficiency, safety, and prosperity has shown steep consequences, many of which fall squarely on the shoulders of farmers who own and operate small to medium-sized farms. Put simply, farmers can’t compete with the outsized productivity and low market prices industrialized farms offer, and as a result are driven out of business.

In many cases, farms in the US are family-owned so when they disappear, so does the generational knowledge and tradition. CSAs are one way to restore sovereignty to farmers, who can rest easy knowing costs—rain or shine—are covered. As a result, they’re often able to spend more funds improving the farm, whether that be investing in a drip irrigation system, hiring more trained help, or experimenting with new crops or techniques. Farmers also benefit from CSAs by marketing directly to their customers and eliminating the need to pay a middleman or curtsy to prices set by corporations. And because their members pay before a season begins, farmers know exactly who they’re producing for and can adjust their efforts accordingly.

Consumer Benefits

Of course, the best solutions benefit both sides of the table and in the case of a CSA, the consumer is far from short-changed. First and foremost, CSA members receive high-quality produce that has not been laden with chemicals, whether that be a box of produce or one with specialty items like cheese and meat. Fruits and veggies are local and typically organic, which means they are fresher and grown without pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Also if animal products and specialty foods are part of the deal, they will be of higher quality as well.

Many CSA farmers build collaborative relationships, meaning that a local cow farmer or dairy rancher can join in and offer their products to consumers, who are often more than happy to sample different products. In the our case we offer our own organic in-house roasted coffee, organic butters (blueberry Maple, Garlic Herb), egg, and Bread. Serendipitously, all this good eating normally costs less than the equivalent haul from a grocery store, which is largely made possible by the direct relationship between the farmer and consumer. So, it's a win-win: the farmer can make a livable wage and the consumer doesn’t have to absorb costs tagged-on by middlemen.

Finally, there’s a lot of perks that lie outside of simply enjoying good food at a fair price. For example, consumers often know precisely how their food is produced and are updated on relevant events at their farm, as it’s not uncommon for farmers to include reports in each box they send out.

How to Participate

No matter if you live in the city or countryside, it’s possible to join our CSA. We have pickup spots at local farmers markets (Peachtree Rd. Farmers Market in Atlanta, Our farm in Monroe, a location in Stone Mt. and we offer Delivery if you live within 60 miles or our  farm) What’s more, we offer a diverse range of pricing options, like buying a half-share or paying what you can based on income as well as we accept EBT and SNAP. If you are interested in signing up using EBT/SNAP, please email us so that we may add you to our list. Often consumers will need to pay for the entire CSA season upfront, which admittedly can feel daunting. If a CSA feels out of your price range or it's simply too much food for you, then try going in on the season with friends, neighbors, or family. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us via our email: farmers@breadandbutterfarms.com

Ad-Ons

Ad-ons are items that we have available each week that you and/or your family can add to your csa each week. We have items such as Smoked Beef Bacon (No Nitrates, No Nitrites), Organic Butter (Blueberry Maple Butter, Garlic Herb, Vanilla Cardamom), Eggs, Meats (Chicken, Lamb, Beef), Herbal Teas, Herbal Tinctures we make from herbs we grow and source, Infused Oils and Vinegars, Honey/Infused Honeys as well.