Let's start with CSAs, since I receive the most questions on this issue. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You are buying a share in the produce for a certain period of time. You will receive a variety of vegetables, and sometimes fruits, throughout the growing season. If it's a good year, that's fantastic. If there is massive crop failure, well, then you have at least contributed to the farmer to ensure they can keep their farm. It's rare that this would happen to all crops. In 2007, however, it happened on a massive scale to fruit. An early spring tricked everything into blooming, and then a frost killed everything.
2 Silos (contact Denise Anderson 419-947-1009, email firstname.lastname@example.org) is the only farm I know of to offer a meat CSA! They offer everything rabbit, lamb, beef, pork, and even goat! The CSA does require 2 shifts on the farm. Shares are picked up at the Clintonville Market.
Green Edge Organics (contact Becky Rondy 740-448-4021) is the only CSA I know of to offer milk and bread as part of their shares; they also have a winter CSA! Shares begin at $275 for a half vegetable share and go up to $860 for a full share with milk, bread, and fruit. Pick ups are at the Bexley CoOp and various residences throughout the city.
Bergefurd's Farm Market (contact Brad or Marcia 937.383.2133) will be offering a CSA for the first time this year. They plan to offer a bounty of vegetables each week, along with 1/2 dozen eggs. In addition, they will customer grow things like hanging baskets, mums, honey, and popcorn for their CSA members.