Birchwood is proud to be a pick-up location for seven CSA programs (what's a CSA?):
Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) is a locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. CSA members pay for their share at the start of the growing season, to receive locally grown / locally made products over a the course of a season. Deliveries are typically made to a pre-determined list of pick-up sites (like the Birchwood!) on a weekly basis. Depending on the program, members also may receive invitations to events, newsletters, recipes, and other goodies.
CSAs allow you to connect with a local farm on a much deeper level than purchasing from a retail store or market. By paying up front, farms receive capital when they need it the most and members share part of the risk inherent in small-scale agriculture. CSA programs help the farmers plan ahead so they know just how much to plant. Best of all, CSAs cultivate a culture of gratitude and create a sense of community among members and farmers. Consider sharing a CSA subscription with your neighbors and meal plan together to make sure you make the best use of each season's bounty and keep food waste to a minimum. There's no better way to support our local food system AND your good health than with a CSA share!
Wondering what to do with all that local food?
Get inspired to cook like we do! The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook includes 120 make-at-home recipes and tips on how to prepare our hearty hand pies, healthy salads, savory soups, decadent desserts, and more! Organized by the cafe's eight menu seasons, this first-ever published collection is also full of large, color photographs by Mette Nielsen (of mettePIX), profiles on some of our regional farmer-partners, and more about the history of the Cafe.