CSA Weekly Produce Basket

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CSA-June-basket-2011The concept of Community Supported Agriculture stems from the Japanese “teikei” system which emphasizes the importance of knowing where your food comes from by getting to know your farmer. Teikei puts you face-to-face with the farmer, able to ask about how the food was produced. It also makes you part of an alternate food system, and an alternate to cash society. You participate in making your CSA the best for you, your fellow members, and the farmer. Scroll down to hear from our members what past baskets have included.

Becoming a member of Main Street Market’s urban CSA means you

  • become a full supporter of Main Street Market urban CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and pay in advance
  • pick up your basket every week for 23 weeks from late May until late October at the best price or a flexible share for 10 weeks or 15 weeks that work with your schedule
  • have the option of giving your basket to a friend or local food provider (via Lovingspoonful/direct to a provider of your choice) when you are away

More about CSAs and urban CSA can be found on our About page.  In the CSA section of our Shop page you can sign up for Main Street Market’s own urban CSA.

“‘CSA’ sounds like hippie jargon,” he says with a wry chuckle. “We set out to meet our own dietary needs, and figured one way to pay for it was to sell our diet to other people.”

Mark Kimbell of Essex Farm, NY

Purchase a CSA

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market style CSA pickup

Past baskets have included:

mid June
asparagus (fresh, green, mmm)
beet greens
bunch radishes
green onions
herbs (lovage; DRIED: oregano, thyme, basil, dill)
rhubarb
spinach
shiitake mushrooms
sprouts
swiss chard

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red russian kale goodness

end July
asian greens mix
cucumbers
cherry tomatoes
basil for pesto (+ other herbs)
shiitakes (weather-dependent)
onions (purple and white)
potatoes (Norland and Superior)
lettuce (romaine – red & green)
beans
eggplant
peppers
swiss chard
zucchini

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salad is served

end September
grapes
pears if enough
eggplant

thai hot peppers
melons
french fillet beans,

garlic
cherry tomatoes
heritage tomatoes
peppers
onions
ground cherries

kale
cilantro
salad greens
(Can’t see something you expected? Tell us.)