What is a 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.

 

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.

 

Tip: CSA Eating

There is a learning curve to eating locally and seasonally, so give yourself and your family the time to figure it out. It's worth learning because it can save you time and money, make you a more creative cook, and teach you to appreciate your food more as you savor the delicious quality of produce at its peak of...Read more

Testimonials

We are very happy to have our products included in shares through Fair Shares.  The folks at Fair Shares have set-up a great distribution schedule that works with smaller scale local farmers taking into account weekly and seasonal limitations in harvesting. The staff at Fair Shares are easy to work with, being both friendly and professional.  They have been very straightforward about their needs and those that the share members represent. We look forward to growing with Fair Shares!

Bobbi Sandwisch, Live Springs Farm, Carrollton, IL 100% Grassfed Beef, Pasture-Raised Pork, Chicken, and Eggs