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Dinihanian's Farm and Market

15005 NW Cornell Rd

Beaverton, Oregon 97006

503-432-6235

csainfo@yourcsa.com

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA program is a way for the community and farmers to create a more direct relationship. We offer the opportunity to bridge the distance between you and your food source. Based on a commitment to one another, community members provide farmers a pre-season payment to purchase a “share” of the season’s harvest. During the growing season, members then receive a weekly basket of fresh local, sustainably-grown produce, harvested at the peak of ripeness.

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA program is a way for the community and farmers to create a more direct relationship. We offer the opportunity to bridge the distance between you and your food source. Based on a commitment to one another, community members provide farmers a pre-season payment to purchase a “share” of the season’s harvest. During the growing season, members then receive a weekly basket of fresh local, sustainably-grown produce, harvested at the peak of ripeness. At Dinihanian’s Farm Market all of our crops our grown from GMO-free, heirloom seeds.

How the CSA Works?
With a pre-season payment, you may purchase a “share” of the farm’s harvest. You then receive a weekly basket of produce during our 20 week harvest cycle, June-October. Through signing up, you dedicate yourself to being our customer for the season. This will provide the farm with a secure market for our growing efforts. We make a commitment to provide an abundant, diverse, and quality array of naturally and organically grown vegetables and fruit. 

Why a CSA is Important?

The CSA concept is not new. It has just been updated to meet the pace of modern life. There was a time not too long ago, less than a hundred years, that agriculture was the leading industry in our nation. Close to 70% of our populace was involved with fresh food sourcing. Today with only 1% of us involved with food sourcing the CSA concept is paramount.

Here are just a few reasons why:

Environmental Concerns: The modern food infrastructure can move produce up to 18,000 miles. Food grown in other hemispheres finds its way to the shelves of large chain commercial supermarkets. The carbon foot print caused by this form of transportation logistics is substantial. Getting your food directly from your local producer greatly reduces the carbon foot print associated with global food sourcing.

Food Safety: Over recent years we have seen a growing trend in a lack of safety on the part of large industrial commercial growers. E Coli and listeria are just two well known bacteria that have caused sickness and death just in the past year. Finding a local grower means you as a consumer can visit the farm where your food is grown. You can see the safety measures and good practices being implemented by the farmer you are buying from.

Food Quality: Most food on commercial supermarket shelves is already days old, in some cases weeks old. With food traveling from different climates, time-zones, countries, and hemispheres freshness quickly becomes an issue. The CSA model guarantees the freshest possible produce. Boxes are filled with produce harvested the same day the box is packed. This means you receive produce that has a longer shelf life, better taste, and more nutritious content.

Health Benefits: CSA’s provide the consumer with direct contact with the grower. You can find out growing methods used on your food. This means knowledge of pesticide use, seed sourcing, sorting and packing methods,and overall crop maintenance. Better grown fresh food means healthier people!

Seasonal Cuisine: Buying from a local farmer means you get to eat regional and seasonal produce. This is both a challenge and an adventure for the consumer. You get to cook and prepare with regionally traditional foods that prior to being a CSA member you may not have even thought about using. This allows the consumer to grow their knowledge of regional and seasonal cuisine and expand their pallets as well.

Value Added Concept: The last and in many ways the most important aspect to joining a CSA is the chance to be an active member of agriculture. When you buy a share of a local farmer’s CSA you are allowing that farmer to fund his season. You are helping keep an industry that helped form our country alive and thriving. Remember, without farmers there is no food!