Get the best ingredients while supporting your friendly neighborhood farmer.
No doubt about it, joining a CSA is the best of all worlds. A CSA —or Community Supported Agriculture— is a subscription to a farm. You pay a fee, sometimes in monthly installments, sometimes all upfront, and the farmer gives you a weekly share of what they’re harvesting from their fields.
Some farms have their own CSAs, while others have joined forces with neighboring producers to offer a richer and more diverse selection. Ready to sign up? Take a look at some of the offerings available throughout the Atlanta area.
Bread & Butter Farm
Spring-Fall (2 sessions)
A small (8 items) or large (12 items) share will get a generous serving of certified organic veggies grown in the gardens or hoop houses on the farm; you can also get a meat add-on that includes cuts from its grass-fed beef or pastured pork. Through the Vermont Farm Share Program, Bread & Butter raises money that gets matched to help subsidize shares for low-income neighbors.
Rockmart, GA – Multiple delivery and pickup locations
A network of farms provides the goods for this weekly service, which you can have delivered or pick up to a convenient location. Choose grass-fed or pastured meat, dairy, eggs, and organic produce grown within 100 miles of the delivery area, or opt for the vegetable share box which includes the week’s seasonal harvest.
Multiple pickup and delivery locations
This cooperative of over 50 growers and producers in West Georgia and East Alabama uses organic and sustainable growing methods and believes in fair earnings for farmers. The large number of producers means that the CSA has a wide array of produce, as well as bread, eggs, meat, dairy, grains, honey, and preserved foods. The standard box has 5 to 7 different items, while a gourmet upgrade might have specialty items such as heirloom tomatoes or French filet beans.
May-November (2 sessions)
This scrappy Southeast Atlanta farm grows more than 100 varieties of vegetables and herbs on its small plot, and its weekly bundles will feed 2-3 people, or a family of four with small kids. Occasionally fruit or veggies grown on neighboring farms are thrown in, and members can also sometimes add on special items like honey, cut flowers, or eggs. Arrangements can be made to pay with SNAP benefits, which are doubled in value thanks to Wholesome Wave.
Multiple delivery locations
This CSA collates a selection of organic produce, meat, dairy, and other goods from regional farmers. Members are told in advance what farmers have harvested, and you can customize your basket to your liking, and even add other groceries like milk, bread, coffee, and peanut butter.
Multiple pickup locations
April-December (2 seasons)
True to its name, Global Growers supports refugee and immigrant growers and growers of underrepresented races and cultures, helping to train food producers on nearly 20 acres of managed farmland. A flood devastated the main farm that’s part of the Global Growers network, but the farm share program should be up and running again for the 2020 season. Members can customize their share or add extra items so they’re getting the produce they want and need; add-ons include eggs, farm-direct coffee, ad locally produced artisan products. Wholesome Wave helps them offer shares at 50 percent off when paid with SNAP benefits.
Bowdon, GA-Multiple pickup locations
Known for its grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, this farm offers share programs for organic or naturally grown vegetables, meat, and eggs. You can add on extra items from their online marketplace as often as you like.
Little Fox Farm
April-November (2 sessions)
There are three CSA options at Little Fox, a farm that holds biodiversity and organic practices dear to its heart. They can choose from a vegetable share, a flower share, or a farm stand share where customers can choose from the veggies being harvested that week.
Love is Love Farm
Choose from a full or a half share of this weekly CSA from a four-acre, certified organic farm; each box contains about 7 different items and occasionally a tub of Decimal Place goat cheese chevre. Love is Love also offers an egg share and sponsors a meat share program from Frolona Farms, which includes different cuts of beef or pork and sausages. SNAP members can double the value of their benefits to pay for their share through Fresh for Less Georgia, and volunteers who help weekly on the farm can get a discount.
Moore Farms and Friends
Woodland, AL – Multiple pickup locations
With your monthly membership to this CSA, you can either select Farmer’s Pick orders, which provide diverse produce from the group of participating farms. With the Custom Choice option, you can shop the farms’ online marketplace to pick exactly what you want. Because Moore’s Farms works with a large roster of farms in Alabama and Georgia, you’re guaranteed a nice variety of goods.
Rise ‘n Shine Farm
Calhoun, GA- Multiple pickup locations
Plenty of custom options available from this CSA, which the farm refers to as Harvest Boxes. Choose from three sizes, and rate different produce items so you’re never stuck with a veggie you hate. The farm is certified organic, but it sometimes supplements with goodies from other farms that may not be organic. You’ll get 5-10 items in your box, and sometimes you can pay extra to add on special items like meat, eggs, grits, or honey.
Ranger, GA-multiple pickup and delivery locations
Year-round (Produce May-Nov, 2 sessions)
One of Georgia’s best-known meat farmers, Riverview Farms offers two different CSAs. There are a monthly meat share options that includes various pork or beef cuts or sausage, or an “odd-cut” share that gives unusual cuts for adventurous cooks. There’s also a weekly produce share during the growing season which includes 5 to 7 items of organic produce, and even goodies like grits or preserves.
Fairburn, GA – Multiple pickup locations
Members can choose from a weekly or twice-monthly option from this small farm. The shares typically contain at least 8 vegetables; a typical spring bag might include salad greens, carrots, onions, collards, radishes, kale, spinach, and beets.
Truly Living Well
East Point (Multiple Pickup Locations)
Members can choose from three different share sizes, and rather than a pre-selected box of produce, they simply put together their own assortment at one of Truly Living Well’s two weekly markets. Most of the offerings are grown in one of the organization’s two urban farms.
Wrecking Barn Farm
This 63-acre farm was started to grow and supply produce for its sister restaurant, Wrecking Bar Brewpub, but has since grown to offer its veggies at farmers market and in a CSA. Commitment-phobes can book 4-week intervals. The share includes a wide variety of veggies as well as fruits like berries and melon, plus eggs every other week.