There are a lot of changes underway at Massachusetts Avenue Project. One of those changes is the building of a brand new headquarters at 389 Massachusetts Avenue. Along with that significant undertaking, MAP has decided to alter its CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture) in 2015. Instead of heading down the traditional CSA road (as it has in the past), MAP will now be concentrating on its farm stand sales and stocking its Mobile Market. At the same time it will be offering a pilot Market-Based CSA. That means that shares can be purchased on a rolling basis, which is great because it means that there is some flexibility when it comes to supply and demand.
Often times traditional CSAs require that customers be at a certain place at a certain time, to pick up a required allotment of goods. If the pick-up date is missed, the food most likely goes bye-bye and there is no roll over. At the same time, quantities that must be pre-ordered sometimes exceed what the buyer needs – or CSA items are limited. In the case of the MAP rollover CSA, there is more leniency when it comes to orders and pick-ups. From now one, Market-Based CSA members will be able to visit multiple MAP locations at various times, using a debit-based system to draw from. MAP has partner farms that will tie into the new system, meaning that the offerings will be enhanced.
The greatest benefit, aside from access to healthy food, is the discounted rates that the pilot CSA offers (more to come on that end). Customers will be able to pay upfront, receive a percentage discount and pick and choose from various offerings throughout the course of the season (no rollover from year to year – just throughout the season). MAP will track what is spent, and what the current customer balance is at all times. The allotted shares must be expended by the end of the season (November 1, 2015) – that is the only caveat.
You can learn more about this new CSA program by clicking here.