Why fake CSAs are bad for farms

Some companies capitalize on the hard work of seasonal growers by adopting a similar model: delivering weekly produce. BUT they are not farmers! These guys pose a challenge to those of us trying to grow real, local agriculture. Here’s why.

1.   They are buying produce at wholesale, then reselling at retail price.

2.  The convenience of delivery is not good for forging community.

3.  They slurp up the profits, but don’t take the risk.

4.  They create unreal expectation of what is local and in season.

5.  They run all year long, never giving the farmer a time to rest.

6.  They reinforce instead of tear down the conventional supply chains of food.

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