4 Affordable St. Louis-Area CSAs

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) isn’t too pricey, but some options are cheaper than others. Here are four St. Louis-area CSAs with membership options for $36 a week or less.

Local Farmer Crop Boxes

Cost: Farm Box: $29.99/week

Season: Year-round (52 weeks)

Membership requirements: None. Entirely web-based. Members may stop and start the program when they wish, and add, drop and pay for shares, all online.

Half-shares available? Yes

Pickup locations and times: Multiple pickup and delivery locations and times, detailed online.

Delivery? Yes, in most areas of St. Louis, detailed online.

Mission/Charitable work: “We want to offer people local goods all year round with ease, using the flexibility afforded by the Internet. Left over produce and goods donated to a local food pantry.”

Learn more: localfarmercsa.com

 

Seeds of Hope Farm

Cost: $672 ($28/week) for full share

Season: May 18 to Oct. 26 (24 weeks)

Membership requirements: All members can receive a discount on share price by volunteering on the farm. Low-income discounts available.

Half-shares available? Yes

Pickup locations and times: Thursdays: 11am to 6pm, the farm in Spanish Lake (1120 Trampe Ave., St. Louis); 12 to 6pm, Gutknecht-Arrowhead Park, Bel-Ridge (8612 Wales Road, St. Louis); 12 to 7pm, Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, Overland (2709 Woodson Road, St. Louis)

Delivery? No

Mission/Charitable work: Mission to increase access to affordable fresh produce through unique tiered CSA program, bringing together members of different economic backgrounds.

Learn more: seedsofhopefarm.org

 

Vesterbrook Farm

Cost: $35/week for small vegetable box, $35/week for juicing box, $36/week for small combo box, larger boxes available

Season: 2017 spring season: April 1 to June 30 (13 weeks); 2017 summer season: July 1 to Sept. 30 (13 weeks); 2017 fall season: Oct. 1 to Dec. 21 (12 weeks); winter season available

Membership requirements: None. Discounts are available in exchange for regular assistance in being a pickup site coordinator, as well as for senior citizens, veterans, single parents caring for children, families with disabilities, homeschooling families, clergy and university and seminary students

Half-shares available? No

Pickup locations and times: No charge for farm pickup (16991 Highway W, Clarksville, Missouri). Multiple pickup sites around the St. Louis area if at least five members sign up; see details online.

Delivery? Available. Delivery to pick-up site is $4.50/week; delivery to business or home is $9/week.

Mission/Charitable work: Accepting donations to help single mothers, widows and families who cannot afford the full cost of a share.

Learn more: vesterbrookfarm.com

 

New Roots Urban Farm

Cost: $500 for whole share ($23/week) $150 for fall or spring share ($18.75/week for spring, $$25/week for fall)

Season: whole share, mid-May to October (22 weeks); spring share, early May to end of June (8 weeks); fall share, mid-September to end of October (6 weeks)

Membership requirements: None. Sliding scale pricing available.

Half-shares available? Yes

Pickup locations and times: Sundays, 12 to 2pm at the farm (1832 Hogan St., St. Louis)

Delivery? No

Mission/Charitable work: “New Roots Urban Farm is an anti-profit collective. We’ve come together because we share a vision for human sustainability. We believe all communities of people are responsible for creating and maintaining their basic needs using methods that are sustainable and responsible to the members of their community and environment. We believe all communities can empower themselves and their environment by actively participating in the production and management of their most basic needs.”

Learn more: newrootsurbanfarm.com

Editor’s Note: This story was first published in January 2015 but was reviewed and updated in April 2017.

Written by Anna Westhoff. Photo by Demond Meek. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.

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