Community farms makes it easier for families to eat local produce

Our local Ky3 News station ran a piece about our CSA, Ashley Reynolds did a great job capturing what we do out here on Millsap Farm!

Community farms help families eat local produce

By Ashley Reynolds,
Published On: Aug 18 2014 03:25:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 18 2014 06:36:17 PM CDT


Perhaps you don’t have a green thumb or the time to take care of a garden.

There’s a new program that’s making it easier for families to eat local. Instead of going to the farmers market or grocery store, families head to the farm.

Cloth bags replace shopping carts. There’s organic conversation in the checkout line.

“For our daughter, it’s seeing everything comes to be. When it’s in a grocery store you don’t notice that it comes from a plant and from the ground,” said customer, Halbert Boyd.

Millsap Farms, north of Springfield, is making it easier for everyone to enjoy fresh, local food.

Here’s how the Community Supported Agriculture or CSA works. People pay in advance for a share of produce. A full share is around $600 dollars.

“We have money upfront to operate with, which is rare in farming. We get to pay for a seeds, fertilizer and fuel early,” said Curtis Millsap.

People can buy a full, half or quarter share.

“You’re getting top quality produce. You are getting the day it was picked. You know how it was raised. You can visit the farmers. You can look in the fields,” said Millsap.

CSA customers say eating local saves money.

“Everything we get here, if you would buy it at the store it’s much cheaper to get here and better,” said customer, Adam Blaney.

Buyers get their hands dirty. Part of the agreement is working 12 hours a season on the farm.

If you don’t have time to work 12 hours you can make a donation. If you have a disability, the farmers will work with you.

CSA customers get something every week. Whereas, if you go to a farmers market, farmers can run out of produce quickly.

CSA customers can also get their food delivered.

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