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Loyal To Local Community Agricultural Cooperative

PO Box 1281, Hamilton, MT 59840

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"CSA" Stands for
Community Supported Agriculture

But what does that mean?

 

Community-Supported Agriculture is a direct partnership between farmers and their community. CSA "subscribers" buy a share of the harvest up front, before the growing season begins, and then receive a weekly bounty of fresh foods all season long. The season runs for 20 weeks, from May 21st to October 1st, 2019.

 

A traditional CSA model generally has one farm growing all of the food subscribers find in their box. However, the Co-op is UNIQUE in that we use a Multi-Farm program model that allows for many farmers and producers from the Bitterroot Valley to offer their products to subscribers, This year we have 14 local producers participating in the CSA, and offering the following share types: ​

Share Options

  • Fruits & Vegetables​​

  • Meats​

  • Cheeses

  • Grains

  • Fermented Foods & Beverages​

  • Bread

  • Flowers

  • Honey

  • Dairy

  • Native Plants

  • Cider

  • Beer

  • Tonics, Tinctures, Teas

 

Why this model is important:

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  • Providing our community direct access to FRESH, LOCAL, AMAZING TASTING food matters!
     

  • The CSA model immediately creates a supportive relationship between us, the farmers & producers, and our subcribers that is unique to how food can be purchased. We have a direct connection to the people that are benefiting from our food, and who are supporting our business. In a climate where we are less informed about where our food comes from, this type of relationship is vital. In a short time, trust and commitment between farmer/producer and subscriber can grow immeasurably.
     

  • The funds received ahead of the season allow farms to operate in the months that no income is generated through sales and enables farms to buy seeds and equipment. Being a small organic farm is challenging, so the CSA model allows the business of growing food to be much more sustainable. The farm supports the subscribers and, in turn, the subscribers support the farm.
     

  • Our multi-farm CSA provides subscribers the choice to pickup their share at any of our 3 pickup locations. At Homestead Organics Farm in Hamilton, subscribers get to experience the farm, farm stand, farmers, and the beautiful surrounding landscape first hand. Homestead Organics Farm also includes a self serve eggs, House of Ferments krauts and kombucha, and a petting zoo for the kids! Wildwood Brewery in Stevensville offers a great selection of organically brewed beers and is centrally located in the Valley, and Lolo Peak Brewery extends our reach to the northern regions of the Valley and Missoula!

 

  • It is affordable! Each week our shares are abundant! Our prices are below farmer’s market and organic grocery stores. Feed a family of two for $19.50/weeks and a family of four for just $32.75/week with our fruit & vegetable share. Additionally, Loyal to Local offers the option for people to pay in 2 installments if paying for the total share up-front is prohibitive.
     

  • In addition to the traditional fruit & vegetable share offered by most programs, our multi-farm CSA is able to offer meat, cheese, grain, fermented foods and beverage, flowers, breads, honey, beer, cider, herbal elixirs & remedies, native plants and more. Partner farms and producers include Homestead Organics Farm, Mill Crick Farm, Deer Haven Farm, KT Farms, Lifeline Farm, Tucker Family Farm, Moose Springs Farm, House of Ferments, Alpenstueble Bakery, Sapphire Apiaries, Wildwood Brewery, Backroad Cider, Piney Mountain Herbals & Great Bear Native Plants.

  • ​Families get to try new produce and recipes! They take home new foods in addition to the common staples each week. A weekly newsletter will also be included with your box, sharing recipes and more.