Community supported agriculture (CSA) has made major strides in the last several decades. CSA customers have access to seasonal and locally grown food directly from a farmer. This system not only supports the local community, but also gives a clearer vision of where the produce comes from. After all, food doesn’t magically appear on supermarket shelves.
CSAs provide a number of benefits for both farmers and consumers. Farmers can receive payment earlier in the season which they can reinvest into their crop while consumers receive the freshest food possible. This is important because food at the supermarket is often shipped from distant locations and thus picked before it is ripe to account for travel time. However, the ripest crops are the typically most nutrient dense which makes CSA agriculture a healthier alternative. Further, CSAs give consumers exposure to a number of different produce and cooking styles as well as access to the farms where their food is grown.
CSAs are sustainable, flexible, wholesome, and right around the corner! Check out the following 15 CSAs around Waukesha County.
15 CSAs In and Around Waukesha County
1. Full Harvest Farm LLC
This CSA features seasonal and all organic vegetables, herbs, and melons. They plant at least forty different vegetables in succession every season in order to keep your meals interesting. They feature familiar produce such as watermelon, sweet corn, carrots and tomatoes along with unique items like fennel, celeriac, and rutabagas. They also have choice boxes at pick up locations to allow for flexibility, and they write a weekly newsletter informing you about your food.
2. LotFotL Community Farms
LotFotL has a number of CSA options in order to help you find a system that works. The farmers have a huge assortment of items including produce, meat, and honey from their bee sanctuary! Naturally, the options have everything from only meat to only produce boxes for flexibility. They ensure that all their food is grown sustainably and boast 100% satisfaction on their website.
2020 CSA full, but you can join a waiting list.
3. Marr’s Valley View Farms
Mineral Point, WI
The Marrs are a brother-sister duo who are fourth generation family farmers! This farm features fruits, vegetables, meats, egg, and a variety of flowers too. All their animals are born and raised at the farm and fed healthy, hormone-free diets. The Mineral Point Market also includes herbs, soaps, candles, and art.
4. High Meadow Farm
Johnson Creek, WI
High Meadow Farm prides themselves on cultivating food through sustainable and environmentally responsible practices. Their CSAs feature a number of different sized shares separating produce and poultry seasonally. This farm is well reputed and quite popular in the area. If you are looking into this CSA, act soon before their 2020 shares run out!
Some 2020 shares are sold out. There is an option to join the waiting list.
Website: High Meadow Farm
5. Valley View Organic Farm
Richland Center, WI
This farm was started on a land that was unused for over six years. The farmers improved the land and started their farm from scratch, without any herbicides or pesticides. This easily served as the perfect fresh start for an all organic and sustainable farm. Their CSAs include a number of sizes and varieties of meat products including chicken, lamb, and beef.
Website: Valley View Grassfed Farm
6. Tipi Produce
Tipi Produce is an organic certified CSA that is family-run. They grow a huge assortment of produce delivered with a weekly newsletter sharing recipes so you can enjoy eating your vegetables. The CSA delivery offers a number of different schedules: weekly, biweekly, or monthly. They also host special farm events for their CSA members such as strawberry or tomato picking.
2020 CSA sold out
7. Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks
Irv and Shelly’s is a year-round CSA that delivers in the Chicago and Milwaukee area. Their selection includes produce, meat, dairy, eggs, and baked goods. You can also order specific items any time online if you want to ease into the CSA experience. They even offer a flower share during the summer months.
8. Yang Family Farm
This forty-acre farm relies on sustainable agricultural practices and is known for high quality produce, herbs, and exotic vegetables. The farm was started by owners Chue Ge and Youa Yang, first generation immigrants from Laos. They have been farming all their lives, whether it be on the mountains of Laos, their Minnesota farm when they first moved to the US, or their current farmlands in Oak Creek, WI.
Website: Yang Family Farm
9. Wellspring Education Center and Organic Farm
West Bend, WI
Wellspring is a hostel, educational retreat center, and an organic certified CSA. Many of their crops are farmed by seasonal interns and local youth who learn about organic farming. Their CSA features an array of fresh produce from June to November, and the farm also hosts fun annual events such as the Spring Seedling Sale, Mud and Suds Party, and a farm-to-table dinner.
Website: WELLSPRING INC – Home
10. Pinehold Gardens
Oak Creek, WI
Pinehold Gardens uses a number of sustainable practices in order to better their land and their crops. Their CSA schedule offers weekly shares, market shares, and Workplace CSAs. Their deliveries have a range of seasonal produce with a newsletter outlining recipes and storage tips. The farmers are actively working to increase the biodiversity on their farm to make their land a home for not only the farm animals but also local species in the area.
Website: Pinehold Gardens – Home
East Troy, WI
QuitaMKE is a nonprofit, package-free and organic certified CSA that prides itself on flavor. Their CSA services run June through October and feature a number of delicious vegetables such as “tomatoes that taste like candy”. They have outlines for all of their seasonal produce on their website, and they can also be found at the Tosa Farmers Market and Riverwest Gardeners Market.
Website: Quinta Milwaukee – QuintaMKE
12. Old Plank Farm
The Old Plank Farm is in its eleventh year supplying organic produce as a CSA. Their produce is delivered weekly from June to October and also offers the addition of pasteurized eggs from their chickens. All animals at the farm are grass fed in order to ensure high quality ingredients in every delivery.
Website: Old Plank Farm
13. Morning Star Family Farm
Morning Star Family Farm is a small family farm in Hartford, Wisconsin. They deliver their homegrown items to Milwaukee, Brookfield, Hartland, Thiensville, and Madison.2020
Website: Morning Star Family Farm
14. Stoney Meadow Farm
Stoney Meadow farm is a chemical and GMO free farm that uses traditional, all-natural farming methods to ensure their produce is wholesome and nutritious. They recently opened a new twenty-eight acre location with more efficient facilities. They also raise horses on their farm with special trainers.
Website: Stoney Meadow Farms, LLC
15. Three Brothers Farm
Three Brothers Farm is run by Michael and Courtney Gutschenritter. They raise chickens on pasture for eggs and meat, graze Shetland Sheep for meat and wool, and grow lots of flowers, on Michael’s grandparents farm in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. They move the birds to fresh pasture daily. The birds are accompanied by Freja and Brunhilde, their lovable livestock guardian dogs who protect them 24/7.
Website: Three Brothers Farm