A CSA is increasingly used by farmers to sell their products to local buyers as they are harvested. Because the buyers pay the farmer, he or she has that early use of the capital and a firm price for crops, thus helping reduce risks. The buyer benefits from fresh food and connections with the farmer.
In some cases community supported agriculture actually involves the community in the planting, harvesting, washing, and distribution of crops. Information about CSAs and agricultural products in the region can be found at: