2014 Price Study of Community Supported Agriculture Operations in CT
By Molly Deegan and Jiff Martin, UConn Extension
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): an arrangement whereby customers pay growers in advance of the growing season for a guaranteed share of the season’s harvest.
Background: In summer 2014 we investigated CSA prices that farm operations advertised on websites and producer association listings. Our goal was to have a better understanding of prices that farmers were charging for a standard summer vegetable share. This is the third year we have collected CSA pricing data, so we are able to track how pricing has changed, and also make county comparisons. Below is a SUMMARY of our findings, as well as a FULL LIST (pages 2-5) of the 92 CSAs and their prices that were included in the study.
We found CSA pricing data for 92 farm operations. Standard summer vegetable shares were typically listed as July to October, and featuring vegetables, herbs, and sometimes flowers or small fruit. We did not attempt to compare the contents of CSA shares, nor did we evaluate pricing for add-on items such as flower shares, fruit shares, meat shares, egg shares, etc. When a range of weeks was promised for a given CSA share price (i.e. 16-18 weeks), the average number was used (i.e. 17 weeks).
Average weekly price of 2014 Summer Vegetable CSA = $31 Maximum price = $50
Minimum price = $15
Standard Summer Vegetable CSA Pricing in CT: $31/share
Fairfield County- $31
Hartford County- $30
New Haven – $32
New London- $33
To download the full summary and a listing of CSAs in Connecticut, please click here.