Published on March 27th, 2017 | by Sarah Buehrle


Spring into Local CSA Membership

As warmer weather arrives, farmers are beefing up their community supported agriculture (CSA) membership lists. These cooperatives support farmers and serve their consumers fresh food with a side of sustainability.

To become part of a CSA, a person usually pays in advance for “shares” or baskets of meat, dairy and produce from a local farmer. Memberships can be on a per delivery basis or a subscription for several months.

The arrangement offers farmers money up front to seed their season and ensure a customer is there to buy their products. Members have access to a variety of produce that tends to be non-GMO or organically grown, and to hormone- and antibiotic-free meats that are not mass-produced.

“The value of a CSA period is that it exposes individuals to a multitude of different vegetables and it brings diversity into your diet,” says Terri Jagger Blincoe, founder of Ladybug Farms, a CSA that serves Cabbagetown and Clayton, Georgia. “Every single one of those vegetables has a different vitamin and mineral. We tend to gravitate to the same five vegetables—stick to what we’re comfortable with. When you pay good money and it shows up in your share each week, you’re going to figure out what to do with it. That whole diversity in our diet; we’ve kinda gotten away from.”

CSA farms often have a pickup location, although some deliver to homes. See the next page for resources to join a CSA within an hour radius of downtown Atlanta. The list of Greater Atlanta CSAs was compiled from information from GeorgiaOrganics.org, LocalHarvest.org and the individual farm websites.

Champion Farms
Location: 16561 Hwy. 18, Pine Mountain
Contact: Thomas Champion 706-457-0039
Seasons: April through December
Products: Hay, bedding, pickles, preserves, herbs, eggs, produce
Prices: $160 to $260 per 10 weeks

Crack in the Sidewalk Farmlet
Contact: CrackInTheSidewalkFarmlet@gmail.com
Seasons: April through November
Products: Heirloom and rare vegetables, wild edibles
Prices: $400 for 15 weeks, $800 for 30 weeks
Pickup/Service area: Atlanta, 561 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta; 600 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta

Freewheel Farm
Location: 105 Vanira Ave., Atlanta
Contact: FreewheelFarmatl@ gmail.com; Facebook.com/freewheelfarmatl
Seasons: Spring, summer, fall
Products: Herbs, produce, flowers
Prices: $30 weekly, up to $900 for full seasons
Pickup: Atlanta: The Grant Park Farmers’ Market, 600 Cherokee Ave. SE; The Farm in Summerhill, 216 Little St. SE

Gilliam’s Community Garden
Location: 1286 Oakland Terr., SW, Atlanta
Contact: 678-949-8530 or 404-410-0548
Products: Certified organic and animal welfare approved eggs, flowers, herbs, seedlings, vegetables
Prices: 12 weeks for $225, which offers three to four items weekly, volunteer and other membership opportunities
Contact points/delivery: on farm

Global Grower’s Network
Contact: GlobalGrowers.org/farmshare
Seasons: Spring, summer, fall
Products: Eggs, produce, coffee, artisan products
Prices: $300 to $969, Discounts for volunteers, 50 percent off for members that pay with EBT/SNAP benefits
Pickup locations: Virginia Highlands, Decatur Farmers’ Market, Kirkwood, East Lake

Heritage Farm
Location: 205 Day Rd., Bowdon Carroll County
Contact: TheHeritageFarm@yahoo.com; Heritage-Farm.net
Seasons: Four seasons
Products: Eggs, protein, fruits, vegetables
Prices: CSA packages range from $260 to $590, egg add-on available
Contact points/delivery: Carollton, Atlanta, Marietta, Kennesaw, Woodstock, Cumming, Douglasville, Roswell

Love Is Love Farm
Location: Gaia Gardens
Contact: LoveIsLoveFarm.com
Seasons: April through December
Products: Vegetables, will deliver meat shares from Frolona Farm
Prices: Spring half share is $240, plus $20 annual fee if not residents of East Lake Commons; $445 full share, plus $20 fee; Frolona Farm Good Meat share, $137 to $275.
Service area: Atlanta, Decatur
Contact points/delivery: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta; Gaia Gardens, next to 529 Summit Dr., Decatur

Mayflor Farms
Location: 1206 Old Conyers Rd., Stockbridge
Contact: MayflorFarms.com/csa/, 256-281-7889, farm@moorefarmsandfriends.com
Products: Vegetables, fruits
Prices:  $140 to $540 monthly and seasonal shares
Service area; Atlanta
Contact points/delivery: 1206 Old Conyers Rd., Stockbridge

Moore Farms and Friends
Contact: MooreFarmsAndFriends.com
Seasons: Four seasons
Products: Produce, frozen meats
Prices: $20 to $40 farmer pick boxes; customer choice additional fee, $36 annual memberships fee
Contact points/delivery: Norcross, Sandy Springs, downtown Atlanta, Buckhead,
Midtown, East Cobb, Decatur, Smyrna, Candler Park

Rise ‘N Shine Organic Farm
Contact: RiseNShine.CsaSignUp.com/members, Mitch Lawson 706-676-0825
Seasons: Four seasons
Products:  Produce, eggs from Beulah Farms
Prices: $450 for 15 weeks to $870 for 30 weeks
Service area: Atlanta, Rome, Cartersville, Calhoun, Roswell, Decatur, Kennesaw, Marietta and Dalton.

Riverview Farms
Contact: GrassFedCow.com; 678-910-2831
Location: 954 White Graves Rd., Ranger
Seasons: Four seasons
Products: Grass-fed beef, grains, heritage pork, produce
Prices: Meat shares and produce shares sold separately; meat from $68.33 to $140; produce $26 to $30 a share
Service area: Greater Atlanta through mobile deliveries and markets, from Tucker to Grant Park, Virginia Highlands, downtown Atlanta, Decatur, Alpharetta, Marietta, Smyrna

Southern Comfort Cattle Company
Contact: SouthernComfortCattle.com, 706-498-4215, Shala@SouthernComfortCattle.com
Location: 2555 Knox Bridge Crossing Rd., Lavonia
Seasons: Four seasons
Products: All natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free, grass-fed cattle
Prices: Variable offers, $6 per pound lean ground beef, half animal $1,300, whole (approximately 450 pounds of beef) $2,500
Service area: Will ship

Truly Living Well Natural Urban Farm
Contact: TrulyLivingWell.com/produce/csa-program, 678-973-0997
Location: P.O. Box 90841, East Point
Seasons: Four seasons
Products: Seasonal produce
Prices: $250 to $400 shares, $195 for senior citizens 62 and older
Pickup locations: 275 East Point St., East Point; Ponce City Farmers’ Market on the Beltline; Freedom Farmers’ Market at the Carter Center

Urban Sprouts Farm
Contact: UrbanSproutFarms.com
Location: 2200 Reynolds Dr., SW Atlanta
Seasons: Four seasons
Products: Vegetables
Prices: 52-week advance bulk purchase $35/week, 52-week individual purpose $40/week
Service area: Atlanta

Whole Kids Foundation Educational Farm
Contact: 770-296-2828, Farm@WholeKidsFoundation.org, SquareUp.com/store/WholeKidsFarm
Location: 1180 Upper Hembree Rd., Roswell
Seasons: Spring, summer, fall
Products: Eggs, protein, vegetables
Prices: CSA packages range from $32 single week to $900 yearly
Service area: General public, pickup at farm
Contact points/delivery: on location

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Sarah A. Buehrle is the managing editor for Natural Awakenings magazine of Atlanta.

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