Spring has Sprung: Community Supported Agriculture
Spring is in the air, and that means local farmers are gearing up for warm season CSAs!
Do you love fresh, local veggies but don't have the time or space to grow your own? CSA, or community supported agriculture, is a way for a consumer interested in local food to directly support a small farmer. A season typically lasts 12 weeks and you pay for your share weekly or in advance. Each week during the season you get a share of your own fresh, seasonal, and local veggies. Some CSAs even offer other items such as bread, cheese, meat, herbs, and flowers.
See the list below for Local First Arizona member CSAs in Northern, Central and Southern Arizona. Find even more Arizona CSAs on Good Food Finder!
Here are a few good reasons to join a CSA:
- Support local economies by supporting local farmers
- Learn where your food comes from and how it's grown
- Enjoy less expensive, fresh veggies and eat healthier while you're at it
- Make new friends by attending farm gatherings
- Share time cooking and eating with your family
- Positively impact the environment by reducing your food miles and supporting good farming practices
Local First Arizona member CSAs:
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.
Terra BIRDS - Flagstaff, AZ Educates and empowers youth through gardening. Garden Starts CSA takes the guesswork out of garden planning by choosing the best plant varieties, growing them into robust seedlings, and distributing them in late April at prime planting time. CSA shares also include flowers, herbs, and seeds. **Join the Terra BIRDS 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. **Join the Gila Farm Co-op’s CSA here
Double Check Ranch - Phoenix Metro and Southern AZ Good for You. Good for the Land. Hearty, wholesome pasture-raised meats in ways that would be familiar to our grandfathers, humane and sustainable 100% grass fed beef. **Join the Double Check Ranch CSA here.
Crooked Sky Farms - Phoenix Metro, AZ Certified Naturally Grown based in South Phoenix with another farm in Duncan, AZ to supply fresh veggies for the CSA throughout summer. **Join Crooked Sky Farms CSA here.
The Simple Farm - Scottsdale, AZ Small batches of soft, buttery creamy goat milk caramels. A goat dairy in the middle of Scottsdale suburbia offering small batches of award winning sea salt goat milk caramels in addition to fresh produce and other locally grown items. **Join The Simple Farm CSA here.
Brazen Chocolate - Scottsdale, AZ Experience Arizona Craft Chocolate "Farm to Bar" chocolate following ancient traditions to sort, lightly roast, crack, winnow, stone-grind, conche, and age the chocolate in Arizona while supporting and highlighting small farms and cooperatives that produce great cacao for making chocolate. **Join the Brazen Chocolate CSA here.
Duncan Family Farms - Goodyear, AZ Certified organic farm dedicated to providing people with clean, healthy, life-giving food. Certified organic farm committed to making a strong contribution to an improved environment & to giving back to the community. **Join the Duncan Family 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.
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.
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.
Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture - Ajo, AZ Community-based grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to developing a sustainable and just food system. Collective of local gardeners growing in 5 different backyard and demonstration gardens around Ajo using all natural, sustainable and biodynamic practices. **Join the Coyote Gardens CSA here.
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.
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.
Barrio Bread - Tucson, AZ Tucson's Community Supported Baker Wild yeast leavened bread using local grains providing community benefit to families and schools at an affordable price. **Join the Barrio Bread CSA here.