As a member of a CSA (community supported agriculture), you are buying directly from the farmer. Here’s how it works: Farmers offer a number of shares to the public. Your share pays for a season of produce (or meats, dairy products, flowers, etc.), and in return you receive a box of food weekly or bi-weekly throughout the season, usually dropped off at central locations. For more information, contact each CSA directly.
12612 Turley Lane, Hillsboro, firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Pasture-raised meats and eggs; organically grown produce; pies, jams, pickled veggies, maple syrup, and bread
Cost: 12-week summer share, $144; 10-week fall share, $140
Pick up: Ten locations including Batavia, Covington, and Oakley
Wild Holly Farm
6722 Edwardsville Rd., Blanchester, (937) 783-5105, wildhollyfarm.com
What: Organic and naturally produced eggs, berries, vegetables, and custom-grown items
Cost: $400 for 18 weeks, June through October
Pick Up: Contact the farm to find the location closest to you
Napoleon Ridge Farm & Nature Center
123 Napoleon Ridge Rd., Napoleon, Kentucky, (859) 643-3276,
What: Produce, jams, jellies, herbs, and flowers, May through October
Cost: Full share May through October, $500; half-share, $250
Pick Up: Bellevue and Clifton
Finn Meadows Farm
8100 Perin Rd., Montgomery, (812) 212-1196, finnmeadowsfarm.com
What: Vegetables, eggs, poultry, beef, honey, and flowers
Cost: Full share, $417; half-share: $217
Pick Up: On-site only
932 O’Bannonville Rd., Loveland, earthsharescsa.org
What: Certified organic vegetables, May through October
Cost: $350 or $225 plus 25 hours of work
Pick-up: The Milk & Honey House at Grailville in Loveland
2290 E. Lower Springboro Rd., Waynesville, (513) 897-3676, goodlifefarmcsa.com
What: Naturally grown vegetables, May through September
Cost: Full share, $440
Pick Up: Home delivery is available for residents in cities across the Southern Ohio Valley including Lebanon, Xenia, Springboro, West Chester, and southern Dayton.
7400 Given Rd., Indian Hill, (513) 561-7400, turnerfarm.org
What: Variety of vegetables, enough to feed a family of four, May through October; a year-round chicken, pork, and sheep CSA; and a winter vegetable CSA
Cost: May–Oct full share, $475 plus a two-hour per week work requirement. Contact farm for cost of meat and winter veggies.
Pick Up: On-site only, Monday and Thursday
Mohr Animal Acres
3181 S US Highway 68, Urbana, (937) 484-5950, mohranimalacres.biz
What: Beef, poultry, lamb, goat, pork, trout from Freshwater Farms of Ohio, and eggs
Cost: Up to 20 pounds of meat for $145 per month; or as little as five pounds for $40. Two dozen eggs may be substituted per pound of meat.
Pick Up: Hyde Park and Wyoming
Highland Haven Farm
12221 Turley Lane, Hillsboro, highlandhavenfarm.com
What: Raw milk, yogurt, and butter; herdshares are also available
Cost: Determined by what products you purchase, boarding fees (for herdshares), and the use of glass bottles
Pick Up: Weekly deliveries are shared with Cedarmore Farms (see above for locations)
Farm Gal Pals
10851 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Alexandria, (859) 445-5044
What: Produce, eggs, cheese, jams, and hand-crafted soaps, April through December.
Cost: You can join this CSA for as little as $200, or $400 for the year.
Pick-up: Alexandria or Bellevue farmers’ markets
The Eaton Farm
6880 N. Scott’s Ridge Rd., Madison, Indiana, (812) 839-6995
What: Fruits, vegetables, and pastured eggs, May through November
Cost: Full share, $650; half-share, $350
Pick Up: Sundays at the Hyde Park Farmers’ Market
9424 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd., West Chester, (513) 652-7653, gravelknollsfarm.com
What: Organic produce for a family of two June through September.
Cost: Full share, $425
Pick-Up: on-site only Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
Stoney Hedgerow Farm
8783 Reeve Rd., Camden, (937) 452-7561
What: “Salad fixings” produce, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes, May through October
Cost: Full share, $650, plus 25 hours of labor per season (they are flexible with member’s needs and schedules).
Pick Up: On-site
Allways Farm Collective
50 W & Friendship Rd., Dillsboro, Indiana, (513) 479-7070
What: Seasonal produce March through November
Cost: Full share, $400; half-share: $250
Pick Up: On-site, Wednesdays at the Northside Farmers’ Market and Thursdays in Madison, Indiana
Bergefurds Farm Market and Greenhouses
234 State Route 350 West, Wilmington, (937) 383-2133, bergefurdsfarmmarket.com
What: Seasonal produce June through October
Cost: Full share, $550; half-share, $300
Pick-Up: Anderson Township, College Hill, Hyde Park, Landen Deerfield Farmers’ Market, and on-site