Welcome to Fair Shares CCSA

Season 8 began April 1st, but you can jump in at any time because there's no end to the benefits of eating locally.


Fair Shares CCSA (Combined Community Supported Agriculture) has created a local food loop that connects farmers, small producers and the St. Louis community they feed. By supporting these farmers and encouraging our other producers to use locally-sourced ingredients, Fair Shares members are helping to grow the local economy, pay farmers a fair wage, and vote with their dollar by not supporting the broken industrial food system.

Having a relationship with our farmers ensures integrity and accountability so that we know our food is safe, nutritious and delicious. We provide local and seasonal foods grown with sustainable, if not organic practices. Our farmers don’t worry that we are feeding an insect or two along the way. Some farmers may spray in the event of an infestation, but not just as a preventive measure like our industrial food system practices.

We provide our members with a well-rounded example of the multitude of local food produced in our area, each week collecting and distributing fresh, seasonal products from farmers and artisans who call Missouri and Illinois home.

 

Click here to learn What we are, Who we are, What we do, and How we share. Read more...
Membership in Fair Shares is a commitment to the farmers so they can have the security of knowing what we ask them to grow will be sold. Read more...
We feature fresh and sustainably-produced food grown by local farmers. Read more...
 
Current and Upcoming Season Share plans and pricing. Read more...
Get answers to common questions.Read more...
Joining Fair Shares is a year-long commitment, but very rewarding. Please review all information before submitting your request to join. Read more...


Try a Two-week trial membership. Details here.

 

 

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How To Eat Grapes With Seeds

Unless you are just juicing them or cooking them down and straining out the seeds, eating grapes with seeds can be a challenge if you haven't perfected the art. Of course, you can add them to your granola and just pretend they are part of the cereal, like grape nuts (which they are, actually). I find it most satisfying to eat a handful all at once, and these grapes are so much more flavorful than any seedless variety. Here's how to do it.

Think of the grape as a piece of hard candy. You can suck on a piece of hard candy, roll it in your teeth, and even bite it a little without breaking it, right? Grapes with seeds can be bitten in the same way, where you break the skin, release the jucy, gummy interior, and stop before you break the seeds. Then use your tongue to scooch the seeds aside so you can chew the skin and insides. Send the seeds right back and swallow them whole with the skins and the rest. Sometimes if you chew slowly without your teeth meeting, the seeds just sort of find their way out of the line of danger.

Testimonials

Fair Shares has created a new level of sales opportunities for area growers beyond restaurants and farmers markets. They have simplified for us the most difficult part of farming: marketing. Selling to Fair Shares has enabled us to sell larger quantities of produce with great ease. Not only is the ordering process simple but we can combine our deliveries with other farms in our area. Their commitment to supporting small local farms is unparalleled in the St Louis area, and we love them for it!
 

sara
Berger Bluff Farm