This article was written by past Local Food Program Director, Steve Russell.
Seasonal produce is shared from farmer to community member, through a mutually beneficial subscription arrangement that helps farms succeed and delivers the best pick of the farm to consumers. [More on CSAs...]
Civilization developed with the advent of agriculture, which is why it is so important to support our local farmers and keep our local agriculture economy running. With the summer season here, many Arizonans and visitors assume that our agriculture all but shuts down during the summer; but in truth it doesn’t! Arizona’s climate is so diverse that you can find many common produce items from somewhere within our own state lines, virtually any time of year. Unfortunately, lower consumer participation in the summer produce market can be tough for farmers.
Here are all the awesome CSAs in the Local First Arizona Coalition:
Lucky Nickel Ranch Inc. – Eloy, AZ Come watch us grow A veteran owned certified organic produce grower that offers our community fresh local produce from the farm. CSA, Farm Tours, Farmers' Market, Bed & Breakfast and Agricultural Incubator program! **Join the Lucky Nickel Ranch’s CSA here
Mayas Farm – Phoenix Metro, AZ Fresh. Local. Better than organic. Located in Phoenix, Mayas Farm is a small sustainable operation that produces high quality specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers, and eggs for local markets, restaurants and schools. **Join the Maya’s Farm CSA here
Walking J Farm – Amado, AZ Small family owned polyculture farm. Diverse sustainable farm that tries to minimize external inputs and maximize production on the space they have utilizing sustainable farming methods and practices. **Join the Walking J Farm CSA here
Gila Farm Cooperative – Phoenix Metro, AZ No pesticides. No chemicals. All natural Gila Farm is an incubator program in Phoenix and Chandler, Arizona. Gila Farm places refugees with unique agricultural skills from around the world on their farms and gives them work to do; then helps them to hone their business acumen and prepares them to secure new land and start their own agricultural startups! Gila Farm Cooperative is committed to sustainable, local agriculture and does not use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides on its crops. Their newest pickup location is at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market every Wednesday evening at 5:30 PM. **Join the Gila Farm Co-op’s CSA here
Blue Sky Organic Farms – Phoenix Metro, AZ No farms, no food Offering opportunities to meet in a different way and to help educate on shifting diets to include more fresh produce when it is in season and preserving for summer months. **Join the Blue Sky Organic Farms CSA here
Chow Locally – Phoenix Metro, AZ Bringing local farms to local tables Allows you to receive the best local foods each week in one box and provides you with recipes, nutrition information, and online cooking videos. **Join the Chow Locally CSA and get your Chowshare here
Yum Yum Produce – Verde Valley Area, AZ Connecting local organic growers to consumers Weekly CSA shares feature selections from local farmers and gardeners. Yum Yum also offers home composting services! **Join the Yum Yum Produce CSA here