What is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) originated in Japan in the early seventies, came to the United States in 1985 and has experienced rapid growth and evolution since then. Adaptations’ Fresh Feast is a subscription service that provides a secure market for local farmers and provides the customer with farm fresh local food.

Community Supported Agriculture is an exciting alternative food distribution system. By supporting our network of family farms directly, you are securing the agricultural integrity of our island while lowering your carbon footprint and in exchange you are receiving nutritious, locally grown produce. The Philosophy of CSA is more of a relationship than a simple convenience or a give and take of produce for cash; it is based on mutual respect between the customers and the farmers.  Under the CSA model, members pay in advance for the food they will receive, reflecting the risk that farmers take to plant, tend, and harvest crops.  The advance payments helps the farmers tremendously by stabilizing their financial situation and allowing them to concentrate on growing their crops instead of on marketing.

This concept has been sprouting up all over America and is becoming a significant force for developing local economies and improving community health. By purchasing a subscription, you are becoming an essential part of the local food system. Members are exposed to new vegetables and new ways to prepare them. Children often are more willing to try veggies that come in “their” feast – even ones they’ve never been known to eat. You are also encouraging farm experimentation with new crops and increasing variety in our food supply. You are helping Hawaii taste great!