Registration for New Year CSA, starting Jan. 4, is CLOSED.
Check back for information on the next CSA season soon!
NOW CLOSED: Start 2018 with local, fresh produce! & Support your in town, sustainable farm by joining our CSA!
january 4 – february 22
Planned Crops: Microgreens, Mushrooms + Field Crops Below!
Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Garlic, Lettuce, Kale, Onions, Rainbow Chard, Spinach, Turnips
New for 2018: In an effort to be more sustainable, we ask that shareholders bring their own reusable bags each week to pack shares. We will have shares proportioned for easy packing!
Interested in a more flexible CSA option?
Try our Market-Style CSA!
Instead of a prepackaged share that is picked up each week at the farm, a Market Style CSA provides you with the flexibility to choose the exact produce you want and the convenience to pick from our diverse spread at our farmers markets each week.
MARKET CSA OPTION 1
You Pay: $300
Your Debit Card Value: $345
(Enjoy 15% discount!)
MARKET CSA OPTION 2
You Pay: $200
Your Debit Card Value: $220
(Enjoy 10% discount!)
WHERE TO BUY:
City Roots Farmers Market
1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia, SC
Every Thursday, 4 – 7 pm
Soda City Market
1500 Block - Main Street, Columbia, SC
Every Saturday, 9 am – 1 p
Market CSAs must be purchased in person at the farm or at the farmers markets, where you'll be issued your pre-loaded debit card!
What is CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is an alternative model of production and marketing, usually with small, organic farms, whereby customers buy a portion of a farm’s harvest in advance. CSA members pay for their shares prior to the growing season. Why's that? For farmers, all of our inputs are needed before we even plant the first seed. Your CSA membership helps us buy the seed, transplants, water, taxes, fuel, labor and other inputs needed for the season, and provides us with an immediate income to begin each season. This allows us to concentrate on good land stewardship and growing the highest quality food, both of which are important for CSA members.
Where did it come from?
The CSA concept originated in Japan in the 1960s by a group of women concerned with the use of pesticides, the increase in processed and imported food, and the loss of farmers and farmland. By the early 1970s, farmers and consumers in several European countries, concerned about the industrialization of their food system, created the CSA model that we know today. The first CSA in the U.S. was created in Massachusetts in 1984. Today there are over 6,500 CSAs in the United States.
Why join a CSA?
CSA is a commitment to yourself, your farmer, and your planet.
Buying produce at a farmer’s market or roadside stand can be very rewarding. But a CSA membership goes a step further, because you enter into a farmer-customer relationship that usually continues season after season. Your commitment as a CSA member allows us to focus on what we do best, farming organic food for you and your family. In return, our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to store and cook what's in your share each week. Being a CSA member is a journey and a commitment, and can be extremely rewarding. But the reward of a CSA can also be a challenging adjustment: eating seasonally. Although eating seasonally is a healthier choice, there is less variety and abundance of grocery store produce year round.
Beyond the nourishment for your bodies, we also aim to strengthen your connection to this land and the people who grow your food through your CSA membership. And joining a CSA has a few fun perks like farm tours and membership appreciation happy hours!
CSA is also about the health of our planet. City Roots is a USDA-certified organic farm, meaning we avoid the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. We also employ sustainable farming practices such as cover cropping and composting. This not only provides healthy, great-tasting food but healthy soil, which is the basis of a healthy planet.