What is a CCSA?

Delivery at Fair Shares CCSA

Once a week, you pick up a bunch of fresh, delicious food selected for you from great, local producers. We do the rest.

Fair Shares is a Combined Community Supported Agriculture program (CCSA). Local farmers and producers deliver food directly to us, and we distribute it to members in weekly shares. Through this system, members get amazing, healthy food in a convenient way while supporting dozens of family farms and producers—most within 100 miles of St. Louis.

How is a CCSA different?

 

A traditional CSA is an agreement between a single farm and the CSA's members. By paying for membership, members help share the farmer's risks (crop failure, bad weather, etc.) as well as the benefits (bumper crops, great food). With a single farm, this can mean limited variety or an overabundance of certain items.

As a Combined CSA, Fair Shares gathers food from many farmers, offering fantastic variety with little risk. That variety gives us lots of local food in every season—not just summer or fall. Members get fresh produce, plus tons of other local foods like eggs, bread, rice, and pasta.

 

Fair Shares headquarters
Why it matters


Eating in a socially responsible way can be difficult in our modern food system. When you eat with Fair Shares, you support sustainable practices, family farms, and the local economy. We support local farmers by guaranteeing a market for their products. We are transparent, so you can know where and by whom your food was produced. Membership and food options are flexible to help fit your diet, budget, and schedule.

You can eat healthy food that tastes incredible, and trust that your dollars are doing good.

Join Fair Shares and feel good about what you eat.

 

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Testimonials

As both a vendor and a member, I've found Fair Shares to be a wonderful organization to be a part of. It has opened my eyes to a whole range of farmers/producers in the region that I may never have had the opportunity to come in contact with if it weren't for my involvement with Fair Shares. And you folks all rock!

Josh Allen, Companion Bread, St. Louis MO
Companion Bakery