February 3, 2016

CSA: Community Supported Agriculture

CSA: Community Supported Agriculture

CSA explained by Localharvest.org: "For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season."

Carol and I have participated in the CSA program at Riehms Produce Farm, LLC for two years and have already enrolled in our 3rd year. The cool thing is if you get something you don't like you trade it with something you do like. For example we are not fans of peppers so we trade them out for something else we will eat. Along with our bag of produce we get a weekly email with recipes on how to use that weeks produce and we have both eaten vegetables we've never tried before and generally like them, if not we trade them out the next time they are offered. We also get farm fresh eggs weekly. I have not been able to get fresh vegetables and eggs so easily since a teenager living on our farm.

Below is a release I requested from Riehm's to post on my site to help promote their business. Even thought people who check out my site are from a couple dozen countries a lot of people are local and some of the other subscribers and viewers may be able to find a CSA in their area.


CSA Day 2016 is the best time to sign up for a CSA at Riehm Produce Farm, LLC

Tiffin, OH— Riehm Produce Farm, LLC has announced that it will be participating in the second annual International CSA Signup Day on Friday February 26, 2016. As part of this virtual event, folks can expect to receive a $10 discount when they sign up for a Community supported agriculture membership up until CSA Day.

Community supported agriculture is a direct-to-customer business model for farms like Riehm Produce Farm that has strengthened the connection between farmers and eaters across the world. This model is important to the success of Riehm Produce Farm, LLC and the local food movement. Linda at Riehm’s pickup sight in Norwalk says “Thank you for working to provide healthy vegetables for so many people! I have not eaten as well during the winter. I look forward to the lovely produce you provide which will encourage me toward a healthier lifestyle!” In the traditional model, individuals or families pledge a commitment to a farm, making a deposit in the winter, and in exchange the family receives a share of the harvest throughout the season. Today there are a lot of different ways to participate in a CSA. Riehm Produce Farm, LLC is unique in the fact that they deliver to areas in Toledo, Findlay, Bowling Green, Maumee, Perrysburg, Sylvania, Tiffin and Norwalk, as well as have pickup times at their farm.

There are many benefits to joining a local CSA. Because the food is grown within driving distance, less fossil fuels are used to get the food onto the plate. By committing to a local farmer, CSA members are also supporting a small business and strengthening the local economy. Perhaps the most noticeable benefit is all the fresh, delicious produce CSA members get every week. As a bonus, CSA members enjoy the satisfaction of knowing the names of the people who planted, watered and picked the food they eat all summer and into the fall. CSA Day aims to celebrate all of these things by encouraging people to sign up with a local farmer on or be- fore February 26, 2016.

Riehm Produce Farm website can be found at FunAcres.net where you will see they are offering Full or Half Veggie Shares and options to add on other farm products. They are running a $10 discount promotion for new CSA members now which ends on National CSA Day; February 26. A typical harvest season for Riehm’s CSA includes summer staples like sweet corn; heirloom tomatoes; broccoli; specialty carrots; sweet peppers; lettuce; etc. “I’ve been a CSA member at Riehm Produce Farm for four years now,” says long-time CSA consumer Betsy who uses the University of Toledo pickup sight! “Thanks for taking such good care of us!” As a bonus Riehm’s extends discounts to CSA members for all their popular events: Field-to-Fork Dinner, Fall Barnyard Fun, and Christmas Adventures on-the-farm.

Riehm Produce Farm, LLC is excited to show its appreciation for its members by offering PROMO CODE: NewM2016 from now until CSA Day. “CSA Day only comes once a year,” says Riehm Produce Farm, LLC CSA manager Diane Riehm. “It’s like Christmas, except that you’ll be reaping the benefits from June to October. To know more about Riehm Produce Farm, LLC Diane says “folk can plan to come visit the farm for our Spring Open House on Saturday April 30 from 11-3pm. Taste samples & recipe ideas, mini flower & farm tours, local wine, prizes, gifts, bake sale, and more.”


You can find out more about Riehm Produce Farm, LLC at FunAcres.net and on Facebook. The staff can also be reached at riehmfarms@gmail.com
Diane Riehm

419-992-4392 riehmfarms@gmail.com www.FunAcres.net Facebook

7244 N. State Route 53 Tiffin, OH 44883

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