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Community-supported agriculture is what happens when farmers get together with their customers. Or to look at it another way, it is what happens when people buy their produce directly from the farmer.

The customers get the freshest possible groceries. The farmers get a steady, reliable source of income. Everybody shares the risk. It’s a win-win situation for all.

CSA shares are generally picked up (or sometimes delivered, for a fee) every week or every other week. They come in all sizes, depending on the farm or organization, and can include anything from eggs and herbs to jams and tinctures.

The shares change each week, depending on what is freshest and best at the farms.CSAs are plentiful in the area, including these:

EarthDance Farms

Ferguson

314-521-1006

Weekly, beginning May 14, through Oct. 22

Cost • $600, plus a $25 fee for new members

Pickup • Ferguson Farmers Market

Fair Shares CCSA

St. Louis

314-852-5743

Cost • $2,532 (full share) or $1,350 every other week (half share), plus a one-time $50 membership fee. The full season began the week of April 2 and runs 48 weeks. A mini-season (24 weeks) is offered for $1,700, where you can opt out at 24 weeks

Pickup • Fair Shares on Northrup Avenue, Trinity Presbyterian Church in University City and Kirkwood Station Brewing in Kirkwood.

The Farm

at Kraut Run

Wentzville

636-398-5465

Weekly, from the first week of May for 20 weeks, through September

Cost • $950 (full share), $475 (biweekly half share), $550 (partial share, packed every week but less is in the box), plus a $100 deposit for a reservation

Pickup • At the farm

Green BEAN Delivery

O’Fallon, Mo.

314-717-1099

Every week

Cost • You must have a standing order costing at least $35. You can skip weeks if you like, and changes can be made to your standing order as long as you meet the $35 minimum.

Pickup • Delivered weekly to your house or business, or you can pick up at the warehouse, 1071 Cool Springs Industrial Drive, O’Fallon, Mo.

Integrity Farm

Winfield

636-485-3246

Weekly, from first week in June through October, 20 weeks

Cost • Full share (20 weeks), $850; half share (20 weeks), $475. Both include a $100 nonrefundable deposit. A $100 “menu selection” option allows you to pick what goes into your share

Pickup • Christian High School, 1145 Tom Ginnever Avenue in O’Fallon, Mo., or delivered to your door for $200 per year

La Vista CSA Farm

Godfrey

618-467-2104

Weekly, from mid-May through mid-October

Cost • Full share with weekly distribution $600 ($635 for St. Louis or Edwardsville pickup); alternate share (every other week), $340 ($375 for St. Louis or Edwardsville pickup)

Pickup • At the farm, at Green Earth Grocery in Edwardsville, or at Garden Heights Nursery in Richmond Heights

The Libertine CSA

Clayton

314-862-2999

Weekly for eight-week sessions, from April 21 to June 9; from June 16 to Aug. 11; and from Aug. 19 to Oct. 6

Cost • $495 (omnivore or vegetarian). Each share also includes some items made by the restaurant and recipes from chef Matt Bessler and Libertine bar director Ben Bauer.

Pickup • Thursdays, at the restaurant

Local Chef StL

Ballwin

636-368-5084

Weekly, from first week of May, through October

Cost • Full share, $65 per week; half share, $65 every other week

Pickup • To be announced (when you sign up)

Local Farmer Crop Boxes

Ewing

618-218-4840

Weekly or biweekly, all year

Cost • $50 (big box, weekly or biweekly), $40 or more (build your own box), $29.99 (farm share box), $20 student box (only available to students who will pick up their boxes at the Washington University Medical School Farmers Market).

Pickup • At the farm, Washington University Medical School, Great Harvest Bread in Maplewood, Frida’s Deli in University City, Blue Sky Nutrition in Florissant, the Natural Grocer in St. Louis or home delivery ($10 per week) in select areas

Local Harvest Grocery

St. Louis

314-865-5260

This is a subscription, not a CSA. Every week you get a box of groceries on a week-by-week basis for 50 weeks throughout the year.

Cost • $50, plus tax. Choose omnivore or vegetarian for the full subscription period.

Pickup • At the store, or home delivery in Clayton and Kirkwood

Mac’s Local Buys

St. Louis

314-479-8155

Biweekly from mid-May through mid-November, 13 shares over 25 weeks

Cost • $800, including a nonrefundable $300 deposit and a $20 signup fee

Pickup • Civil Life Brewery

New Roots Urban Farm

St. Louis

1-404-698-5986

Weekly, from mid-May through October for 22 weeks

Cost • $550

Pickup • At the farm

Oakway Farms

Troy, Mo.

314-397-2707

Weekly, from mid-May for 24 weeks

Cost • Weekly full farm share ($1,069), biweekly full farm ($549), partial farm share ($799), weekly chicken ($360), biweekly chicken ($189), weekly full vegetable ($690), biweekly full vegetable ($350), partial vegetable share ($390), weekly eggs ($138, must be combined with another plan), biweekly eggs ($70, must be combined with another plan)

Market shares, which allow members the flexibility to pick their own produce and not bring cash to the markets, are also available. Market share members pay a set amount at the beginning of the season then get that amount plus 10 percent to spend at their selected farmers market for the summer.

Pickup • At the farm, Clayton, Glendale, Webster Groves Farmers Market, Lake Saint Louis Farmers Market and Great Harvest Bakery in Kirkwood. Home or office delivery also available for $100 for the season ($4 a week).

Riverbend Roots Farm

Alton

618-444-0567

Currently on hiatus due to a relocation, but customers can be put on a wait list to be included in the future.

Seeds of Hope Farm

St. Louis

314-863-0015

Weekly, from May 19 through Oct. 27, 26 weeks

Cost • $28 a week for 26 weeks (pay up front or in three installments), or $12 per week for low-income members (pay as you eat)

Pickup • At the farm in Spanish Lake or Bel-Ridge, or at the St. Louis Language Immersion School

Shared Bounty

Troy, Mo.

636-462-4058

Weekly, beginning late May and lasting 20 weeks (or more)

Cost • Full share: $770 (farm pickup), $960 (home delivered). Half share: $445 (farm pickup), $645 (home delivered)

Pickup • At the farm or home delivery

Terripin Farms

Fowler, Ill.

1-217-440-4678

Weekly, beginning first week of June, through first week of October, (18 weeks).

Cost • Full share, $550; half share, $400

Pickup • T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, Mo., and Emerge Fitness in St. Charles

Three Rivers Community Farm

(Sold out, but places can be reserved for 2017, with a $50 deposit)

Elsah

618-946-7974

Weekly, from mid-May through mid-November, 26 weeks

Cost • Full share, $600; half share (every other week), $300

Pickup • At the farm, Edwardsville Fitness Studio, a University City site, a Maplewood site, Schlafly Farmers Market, Tower Grove Farmers Market

Vesterbrook Farm

Clarksville, Mo.

1-573-560-0871

Weekly, year-round in four seasons: Summer (May 23 through Sept. 4, 15 weeks), Fall (Sept. 5 through Dec. 18, 15 weeks), Winter (Jan. 4 through March 13, 10 weeks), and Spring (March 14 through May 22, 10 weeks)

Cost • Seasonal membership fee of $18, plus weekly charges of $32 (fruit share), $34 (vegetable share), $35 (fruit/vegetable combo share), $34 (juicing share), $54 (double vegetable share), $55 (double fruit/vegetable combo share), $83 (large family share), $53 (large office snack share), $40 (pantry share), $3.80 (six eggs), $6.80 (12 eggs), $10.30 (18 eggs), $13.40 (24 eggs), $16.60 (30 eggs), $19.85 (36 eggs), with discounts available to senior citizens, veterans, single parents caring for children, families with disabilities, homeschooling families, clergy, university/seminary students and others. Delivery to a pickup site is $4.50 per week; delivery to a home or business is $9 per week; pickup at the farm is free.

Pickup •At the farm; Ballwin / Manchester, Benton Park / Soulard, Bowling Green, Chesterfield / Creve Coeur, Clayton / Ladue, Des Peres, Fenton. Hannibal, Kirkwood, Lake Saint Louis / Wentzville, Louisiana, Maplewood, Rock Hill, Richmond Heights, South County / Concord, St. Charles, St. Peters, Town and Country, Troy, Valley Park / High Ridge, University City (when a minimum of five members sign up at each site)

Yoder’s Produce

Opdyke, Ill.

618-242-5069

26 weeks beginning in early to mid-May, variety of seasonal vegetables and fruits

Cost • Full share, $1,200; three-quarters share, $1,000; half-share, $700

Pickup • Tower Grove Farmers Market

Alex Siegman of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.