Over three years the number of CSA shares sold to Maine families increased 61% from 4,000 to 6,500 and the number of farms offering CSA shares nearly doubled from 73 to 143. Of the 73 CSA farms in 2006, 60 continue to operate as a CSA. They increased the number of shares offered by an average of 24 shares each, or about 1,400 shares. 78 farms started a new CSA during the course of the last three years: 24 in 2007, 28 in 2008 and 26 so far in 2009. We estimate annual CSA sales at $2 million.
By the Spring of 2009, at least twenty of Maine’s sixty existing CSA farms and twenty additional farms will expand their shares and product availability to reach an additional 1250 families.
We doubled our target, with 2,500 additional shares and 78 additional farms.