Is csa right for you?


“Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.” – United States Department of Agriculture

At Raleigh’s Hillside Farm LLC, we believe in and support the CSA model.  That is not to say that this model is for everyone.  CSA is one option out of many in a locally produced food system.  Food cooperatives and farmer’s markets are also wonderful options.

Here is a checklist to see if CSA is the right model for you:

  • Do you like vegetables?
  • Do you like to learn about and try new vegetables and strange new varieties?
  • Do you love to cook 3 or 4 times per week?
  • Do you travel modestly throughout the summer?
  • Do you enjoy the mystery and excitement that comes with CSA (a.k.a. a lack of control over what and how much of a certain product you will receive)?
  • Do you value the opportunity to have a real, lasting relationship with the farmer that produces your food?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, then CSA is definitely a good option for you!  If you answered no to most of these questions, do not despair.  You can still enjoy fresh, locally produced vegetables and herbs.  Farmer’s markets and food cooperatives exist all over the state!  These markets may better fit your needs and desires.

Lastly, please be sure to also read the section of our website entitled “What does CSA mean to us?” to decide if Raleigh’s Hillside Farm CSA is right for you.  This page includes the ethos we follow with our members and this is what we believe in.  If it doesn’t ring true to you, there are dozens of other great CSA farms around the state to choose from.  We wholeheartedly believe that there is a CSA farm or local vendor of farm-raised goods for every individual and family.  Look long and hard before you decide.  Joining a farm is akin to joining a food community.  You want to fit in there and you want to believe in the farm you support.




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