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: Clean Greens

The greens we get (particularly some of the winter spinach) can be pretty dirty. Sometimes they're pristinely clean, but still, we suggest you always wash your food! Give it an initial rinse and then remove the stems and soak the leaves in plenty of clean water. I use my salad spinner, placing the leaves in the...Read more

Testimonials

Del Carmen has been a vendor for Fair Shares for 3+ years now.  We have developed a quality relationship based on trust. Our communications have been seamless. In addition, Fair Shares and its members have been great marketers for our products.  As a (very) small business, we are unable to advertise or market our products, so we have to rely on word of mouth.  Many of our customers are, were, or know Fair Shares members who have recommended our products.

Del Carmen has also benefitted from valuable ideas for use of existing products and suggestions in product development from the Fair Shares community.  I go to them for feedback, knowing I will get good, reliable and useful information.

We thank you, Fair Shares, for your support and commitment to del Carmen. We wish you much continued success.  After all, your success also helps the success of del Carmen and other local vendors and farmers.

Estie Cruz-Curoe, del Carmen Beans, St. Louis, MO