Community Support Agriculture programs allow individuals to buy local, seasonal food products directly from growers — sort of like a weekly subscription to the farm. 

CSAs are available in the area, but many are not flourishing as they did 20 or more years ago when the concept became popular. Farmers’ markets, grocery stores selling local produce and convenience are factors that compete with CSA popularity. But many farms have adapted and offer flexible shares which allow you to choose your own produce, gift-certificate type programs, payment plans and customized approaches.

There are some CSA farms in the area, and even though it is well into the growing season, they still have plans available or products sold from their own farm stands.

Freeport

• Laughing Stock Farm, 79 Wardtown Road, 831-2182, Ralph and Lisa Turner

• Winter Hill Farm, 35 Hill Farm Road, 869-5122, Sarah Wiederkehr

• Wealdon Farm, 19 Pleasant Hill Road, 522-2411, Martha Putnam & John Schwenk

Brunswick

• Crystal Spring Community Farm, 277 Pleasant Hill Road, 729-1112, Maura Bannon & Seth Kroeck

• Juniper Edge Farm, 532 Harpswell Road, 725-6414, Jeanne Johnson

• Milkweed Farm, 63 Gott Lane, 725-4554, Michael & Lucretia Woodruff

Topsham

• Fairwinds Farm, 332 Augusta Road, 729-1872, Pete & Cathy Karonis

• Whatley Farm, 3 Whatley Farm Road, 844-0381, Ben & Laura Whatley

Wiscasset

• Buckwheat Blossom Farm, 408 Willow Lane, 882-8082, Jeff & Amy Burchstead

Get to know some of our local farmers, savor their produce and enjoy the connection to the land around us.