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One easy way to eat local is to participate in Com­mu­nity Sup­ported Agri­cul­ture (CSA). CSAs are individual farms or a group of farms that sell “shares” and the CSA members receive a por­tion of the har­vest. There are many CSAs operating in Howard County. Each CSA operates a little differently so we encourage you to learn more and find one that is right for you. 

Please note that the CSAs listed here are pro­vided for infor­ma­tional pur­poses only and do not rep­re­sent any endorse­ment by Transition Howard County.

Breezy Wil­low Farm West Friend­ship, MD.  Breezy Wil­low pro­duces veg­eta­bles, berries, honey, herbs, jams, goatsmilk soap and nat­ural body prod­ucts.  Optional prod­ucts such as eggs, cheese, Mary­land maple syrup, breads, pies, noo­dles etc. may be included as well as fruits and veg­eta­bles from neigh­bor­ing farms.  CSA mem­bers may pick up at the farm or other loca­tions.

Buppert’s Farm – Marriottsville, MD.  Buppert’s offers different size shares: full share, 3/4 share, and a 1/2 share.  Additionally, bread and eggs are available on alternating weeks (bread one week, eggs the next).    Pickup is at the farm.

Clark’s Farm – Ellicott City, MD.   Clark’s offers full and medium size shares.  Their garden is chemical free: no synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides are ever used. They promote biodiversity and healthy soils to produce healthy vegetables.

Gor­man Farm  Lau­rel, MD.  This farm focuses on their CSA pro­gram with a vari­ety of organic pro­duce.  The CSA pickup is located at the Gor­man Farm, 10151 Gor­man Road in Lau­rel.  The farm also offers pick your own straw­ber­ries in the spring.

Hungry Harvest Columbia, MD.  For every box delivered to one of their Heroes (what they call their customers), they donate a healthy meal to one of their donation partners, through a free farmer's market, or directly to needy families.

Lancaster Farm Fresh Coop Leola, PA. LFFC is a non-profit organic farmer’s cooperative of over 100 family farmers headquartered in Lancaster County, PA. They have a pickup location in Howard County.

Love Dove Farm Wood­bine, MD. Love Dove par­tic­i­pates in the Howard County farm­ers mar­kets and offers a 10 week CSA share. Pick up is at the Miller Library in Elli­cott City.  

One Straw Farm – White Hall, MD. Membership is accepted throughout the growing season, members who sign up after the season has begun may do so at a prorated price.  There is a pickup location at MOMs in Jessup.

Roundabout  Hills Farm Glenwood, MD.  Currently offers a four season CSA program featuring vegetables and free range eggs from April through December. Their produce is grown naturally without pesticides or artificial fertilizers.

TLV Tree Farm  Glenelg, MD.   This CSA will e-mail a ques­tion­naire on the har­vest prod­ucts expected. Shares will adjust based on the responses and avail­abil­ity.  CSA pickup is at the farm, 15155 Tri­adel­phia Mill Road, Glenelg, MD.

Wheeler Farm  Sykesville, MD.  Shares usu­ally include 8–10 types of veg­eta­bles and com­pli­men­tary herbs, enough for a fam­ily of 4.  When avail­able, the farm stand will offer fruit, eggs, cheese and meat from other local farm­ers.  CSA pickup is at the farm, 13945 Forsythe Rd, Sykesville, MD 21784.

Zahradka Farm  Bal­ti­more County.  Dur­ing the win­ter sea­son, this CSA deliv­ers local pro­duce to your home or office every week. Dur­ing summer/fall mem­bers choose their own veg­eta­bles market-style at pick up loca­tions in Howard County.  Choose from dif­fer­ent size shares to fit your needs.

More information on CSAs can be found at the following sites: - Blog