[Market-farming] CSA start-up

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Mon Nov 26 12:16:03 EST 2007


I've found this thread interesting. It sounds like some believe the CSA 
model is more demanding on the grower than the roadside stand or farmers 
market model. In my area, long-established growers almost exclusively 
operate their own stands. There are some newer growers who use the CSA model 
or attend farmer's markets. I'd like to hear feedback on why you would use 
the CSA model rather than farmer's markets or roadside stands. Thanks for 
any responses.

Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center
www.nres.uiuc.edu/faculty/directory/shoemaker_wh.html



> Lu,
>
> Here are a few numbers that I've gathered from having worked on and
> visited a few CSA farms:
>
> Southern NM - 1.5 acres, 34 week distribution, average 5lbs per full
> share, approx. $500 per full share. Labor is the limiting factor.
>
> Southern CO - ? acres, 20 week distribution, ? lbs per full share,
> includes meat and baked goods (since veggies are difficult to grow at
> a high elevation), approx. $1000 per full share. Being near a very
> wealthy ski resort area helps.
>
> Ohio - ? acres, 20 week distribution, ? lbs per full share, approx.
> $600 per full share. Read about this one in the NY Times.
>
> Hope this helps!
>
> -Krystle
>
> About me - http://www.SelfmadeFarmer.com
> Notes/research - http://www.SelfmadeFarmer.wordpress.com
>
> On Nov 25, 2007 10:17 AM,  <frshstrt at baldwin-telecom.net> wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,  I'm toying with the thought of starting a small CSA.  For
>> those of you who do this-  I need to know how many weeks,  how much cost
>> per share and about how much  per week in that share.  Any hints are
>> helpful.  Thanks,  Lu in Wisconsin
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