Community-Supported Agriculture, or CSA’s, are quickly becoming the small farm resource for urban dwellers “in-the-know.”
The idea is simple: you, the consumer, buy your food directly from the farmer, the producer. What makes this different from a farmer’s market is that you buy “subscriptions” or shares of the product(s) you want. Each share entitles you a portion of what the farmer will produce for the coming year. CSA’s typically sell meat (beef, pork and poultry, though you could find more exotic such as lamb or bison as well), eggs, fruits and vegetables and dairy products.
As a self-sufficient person, it would behoove you to get in touch with a CSA near you and begin developing a relationship with a farmer that can provide you a steady supply of locally-raised food products.
NOTE: As this website expands, so too will the listings for CSA. Currently, the listing is for Wisconsin only. In the coming months I will expand not only the individual listings, but also regionally, and over time, nationally.
http://www.farmfreshatlas.org/ This is a fantastic resource for what seems to be a significant amount of CSA’s in Wisconsin. Depending on what part of the state you reside, you can access comprehensive listings for farms around your home that fit your needs.
The web pages for Western and SE WI are incredible; they provide an A-Z grid of all of the farms in the region, and provide easy to read icons for the type of products offered. This is especially helpful in determining if you want to join a CSA.
Here are the links to the regional directories—
Southeast WI http://www.farmfreshatlas.org/southeast/
Western WI http://www.wifarmfresh.org/
Central WI http://www.farmshed.org/
Currently, there is not a directory for Northern WI.