Philly Food Works: A Different Way to CSA

In the last decade or so, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has experienced a huge boom in national popularity. It’s a great way to get the freshest produce, meats, and other food products at the best price, directly from the farmer. It’s also a fantastic way to support sustainable agriculture and small farms in your region, as it guarantees farmers a steady market—and income—for their food products. Honey Brook, PA, August 4, 2014 - The Reuben Reihl family farm.

As the Philly food scene has grown in recent years, so has the local market for CSAs. In fact, a recent Philly Mag article listed a whopping fifteen different CSA programs with drop-off locations in our area for the 2015 spring/summer season. And though they are all amazing, there's one that seems to stand out from the rest. Established in 2013, Philly Foodworks (PFW) takes the CSA model to the next level, allowing members to enroll on a week-to-week basis for fully customizable shares, while still ensuring that farmers get paid up front in full at the beginning of each season.

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So what else makes Philly Foodworks stand out from the rest of the crop?

There’s no commitment.

To sign up, you deposit as little as $100 into your account, and then you add more money as needed throughout the season. Plus, you can cancel at any time.

They’re user friendly and super convenient.

While many home cooks welcome the challenge of a "mystery produce" box each week, others would much prefer the option to pick and choose. That's why PFW allows members to customize their individual shares before pick-up. If you aren’t familiar with some of the vegetables in your week’s share—or just don’t like them—you can log in to your account on the PFW website and remove items from your order or add new items from their online market. You can also choose to pick up your share from one of their 30 drop-off points in Philly and surrounding areas or spend an extra $5 to have it delivered to your door.

They give back.

In 2014 PFW threw down $20,000 to finance the formation of a food hub distribution center in Lancaster County, which now serves as the primary source of produce and meat for the CSA shares. And what's more, if you sign up for their rolling farm share and use the promo code FAIRFOOD, they’ll donate money to help support our mission and ongoing programs.

For more information about Philly Foodworks, or to sign up for their rolling farm share, visit PhillyFoodworks.com.