Find farm-driven food with a Buncombe County CSA program

Learn more about Community Supported Agriculture and partner with a local farm during CSA Week.

Eggs, produce, and flowers from Encompass Farms are displayed on a wooden table.

Enjoy a bounty from spots like Encompass Farm.

Photo via ASAP

This week is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Innovation Network’s annual CSA Weekbut much closer to home, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) also declared Thursday, Feb. 15 through Friday, March 15 to be CSA Month.

And since we can talk local programs until the cows come home, we’re taking this time to introduce you to some Buncombe County CSAs.

Showing the way to CSA

But we don’t want to put the cart before the horse, so let’s start with a definition. In its basic form, a CSA allows an individual (let’s say you) to purchase part of a farm’s harvest at the beginning of the season — then once the harvest starts, the CSA functions like a subscription, allowing you to get a share of the farm’s produce or goods, usually weekly.

Some farms will deliver everything or set a pick-up location for your box, but there are also market-share CSAs that let you meet the farmers at a market to pick out your own goods and multi-farm CSAs that give more diversity of products. If your office is on board, you can even get a workplace CSA.

For the traditional spring + summer CSAs, it’s best to sign up between January and March to secure your share (hence ASAP’s declaration of CSA Month).

A farm in a green t-shirt speaks to two customers buying produce at the 2023 ASAP CSA Fair.

The CSA Fair lets you get produce particulars from the experts.

Photo via ASAP

Finding your own farm

Buncombe has a bounty, so there is a lot to choose from around here — like produce from Olivette Farm, meats from Hickory Nut Gap, or even flowers from Blazing Star.

ASAP has a handy list of farms that offer pick-up in Buncombe, Madison, and Yancey counties. The list also gives you an idea of what kind of goods will be offered and whether the farm has a fall/winter CSA option.

If you’d rather meet your farm face-to-face before you decide, mark your calendar for Friday, March 8. ASAP is hosting a CSA Fair at YWCA of Asheville, where 10 area farms will show off their goods + answer questions.

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